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8/9 The Consequences that go with the Eight Covenant

  Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion to the Creator’s plans, they brought disastrous consequences on the whole human race.  Death entered along with continued rebellion, sin and self-centred actions. 

  God’s ‘image bearers’ were now scared and not capable of earning their way to His peace.  Those who would not accept His way into life would face eternal conscious separation from Him, Matthew 25:41.  The fallen creation was also hostile to their domination. 

A.  The curses of all the past covenants find their completion in this covenant as well. 

This greatest of all curses is known as ‘the second death’ for those who have turned their backs on God, Revelations 2:11, 20:13-15, 21:8.  As a result of turning their back to the sacrifice of Jesus and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, these people will find:

1.  Everlasting shame, contempt, Daniel 12:2,

2.  The destination for the Unrighteous is the Lake of Fire and brimstone, Matthew 18:8, Revelations 14:10-11, 19:20, 20:14-15, 21:8.

3.  Everlasting punishment, destruction and Perdition, Matthew 25:41, 46, John 17:12, 1 Timothy  6:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, in everlasting chains of darkness, Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4.

B.  Since the Bible’s description of Hell is so vivid, the question becomes:  How do we get to Heaven?

1.  Jesus is very clear about the reality of hell.

You are an eternal spirit being.  You will spend your eternity somewhere – where ever your master is, that’s where you will be!

The whole purpose of the Seventh and Eight Covenant rests on accepting the finished work of Jesus Christ.

All other cults and world religions teach how to live to achieve salvation.  Christian religion can be the same:  Jesus plus door knocking, Jesus plus missions work, Jesus plus church attendance, Jesus plus religious traditions, Jesus plus fasting ….or good works to reach good Karma, good works for reincarnation to a better life.

2. We cannot earn God’s favour or love.

We don’t ‘work’ to receive His love.  We have His approval just by accepting His Way, accepting Jesus’ work to save us.  We ‘do’ because we are ‘in Him’ and out of love, we obey.

We definitely don’t have ‘to strive to get it’.  There are no good works that are good enough to earn God’s acceptance and His love!  … not to have ‘to do works’ to receive His love.  It can receive healing because……?  This is where we all have to start!  Down that road is a ‘works based theology’.  We don’t have anything ‘to do’ before God loves you.

3.  Good News and God’s kingdom hits at the old nature.

Trying to work our own salvation brings a sense of “I did it my way!” – like Adam and Eve in Genesis.

3.  We have to lay that all aside to just accept His Way.  That’s why ‘The Good News’ is called ‘A gospel of Grace’.  God’s way strikes at the very heart of self-reliance and pride.

4.  Here is an example of how some people approach Heaven: 

A driver could say to the Police “I know my way to Sydney so I don’t need your help”.

The Police might say “OK, there are some small roads that lead there.  It’s will take you longer…but since I can’t be with you 24 hours a day, when you start going across cow pastures, up large and small mountains, through small towns, or railway lines, you’re going to be frustrated.”

The driver might reply: “That’s OK.  I want to be good enough to get to Sydney.”

The police reply: “…but here is a really great Freeway right to Sydney….” 

“No, thanks I want to do it my way.”

So how can we enter into heaven and into the presence of the Holy God? What we cannot do for ourselves, God has already done for us. Jesus said, “…….unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

5.  We must be ‘born again of the Spirit’.

 For many people, this is ‘double Dutch’; it doesn’t seem to make logical sense.  This new birth takes place in our spirit, for according to John 3:6, “…that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Not only does our spirit function to receive God initially; it continues to function to receive God for the rest of our Christian life.

Hear Jesus’ words in John 3:3-8 (NIV Bible). “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’.

Until after the spirit has been touched and become ‘regenerated’ and brought back into contact with God again, we are all lost in that fog of confusion and doubt, blinded and hard-hearted toward God.

6. Whole-hearted Repentance is the Foundation for our Spirit to know the Creator

It is only when our heart and mind are turned toward God when we begin to realizes our sinful condition and God’s grace in salvation. That conviction of the Holy Spirit that we need His saving, His cleansing of our old way of life happens. When the Spirit of God illuminates our spirit with divine light and life, we begin to yield our life and heart to God.

7. It is through our spirit that God is able to change and give us new life.

It is through the human spirit that our minds are renewed, mindsets are discarded and truth replaces the lies implanted by Satan.

For further thoughts on this subject, click over to  www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog   for the post:  4/10 ‘Born again and the Human Spirit’ – http://totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog/?p=269

C.  Being a Jesus Follower removes us from the White Throne

Judgment,because Jesus took the penalty (death) for our sin at the cross.  The challenge is to surrender to His Lordship.  BE versus DO……to follow Him.  What does our Heart want…..Rules and religion or life?

How do you get to Heaven?  There is only one way for you to see heaven and Jesus Christ is the one and only access to it (John 6:44, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31). There is no other way possible to get to heaven but by the Son of God. Getting to heaven is a one-way trip. If you die before Jesus Christ’ Second Advent (return), you will go directly to heaven and be in the presence of God. If you never see heaven, you will most certainly see hell and that is also a one-way trip from which there is no return.

D.  Is Jesus the only way?  …….or can good pagans, Hindus, et cetera get to Heaven too?

1.  Jesus is the only Path to the Father

The first part of the question is clear, and the answer is clear: Unless Jesus is the victim of grandiose self-delusion or deliberate, blasphemous lying, He is the only way, for He says exactly that (John 14:6).

However, the second part of the question is not clear. People who have never heard of Christ, and thus have neither consciously accepted him nor consciously rejected him, must also get to Heaven through Christ, for there is no other way.

Paul gives more insight in Romans 2:14-16.  For those who have never heard the message of Jesus’ saving grace, there is another consideration.  It sounds like Paul is saying that part of the Judgement of our Creator is how much a person has listened and obeyed to their conscience.

2.  A just and truthful God will judge those at His White Throne.

It will be the God of the Universe that looks at the heart; that much is clear from Christ’s own words. We have no idea of what is going on in the unconscious depths of the souls of such people.

E. Conclusions:

So will you be there? 

‘Susanne how can you confidently declare only those who have accepted Jesus Christ will be there?’

‘In my own thinking, I cannot but the Bible, Jesus and the Christian faith states that.  In our human way, we would make the line those who are good enough – but who decides?  Or only those who have died for their faith – but what about innocent children or the handicapped who cannot go to a mission field?’ 

I have personally had to wrestle with this question as those within my own family and friendship group have turned their back on the conviction of the Holy Spirit again and again.  Many have deliberately chosen to continue doing what they wanted in this world rather than stop and think about the effects this has on others … and their eternity.

Resources used in this article from http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/articles/theology/090128.html?start    ‘Christianity Today’ book, Tough Questions Christians Ask. Peter Kreeft What Will Heaven Be Like?  Thirty-five frequently asked questions about eternity, by Peter Kreeft    Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-heaven-is-like/#ixzz25ZW67it1

In our next post, we will finish the Eight Covenant with the term, the oath, the place and the sacrifice that made this Covenant the final and last word fromour Creator – and the end of human history as we know it.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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