Did You Know?
by Dick Ward
Did You Know there are many things revealed in the Bible to help you live better? Yes, that is what the Bible is - a book of directions in how to live godly! The Word of God tells us in Whom to believe and what promises we can expect if we live faithful lives. When we say, Lord, what will Thou have me to do?, we but have to look into the scriptures for Gods answer!
A REALIZATION OF THE VALUE OF THE SOUL
Jesus said, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Mat 10:28 KJV). Jesus asked His disciples to explain the profit of gaining the whole world and losing the soul. Christ questioned them as to what a man might give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). When we come to realize our soul is the most valuable possession we have, it will cause us to live a better life before God to insure heaven as our home.
YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY YOUR DEEDS
When we stand before God in judgment, it will be to give an account of how we have lived here on this earth. Our life (deeds we have done or left undone) will be examined "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Cor 5:10 KJV). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev 20:12 KJV). Paul said to the saints at Rome: "Who will render to every man according to his deeds:" (Rom 2:6 KJV). The information that we are to be judged according to our deeds should have a strong affect upon our lives!
THE FACT YOU WILL BE IN HEAVEN OR HELL
The Bible speaks of two possible destinies for your soul: either you will be in heaven with God or you will be in hell with Satan and his angels. "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal". (Mat 25:46 KJV). Three things come to the mind in review of this text: (1) We see two possible conditions - "Life" or "Punishment"). (2) We see one must be righteous to go into eternal life. (3) We see the duration of both places is forever - "everlasting" and "eternal" are from the same Greek word - aionios). Surely as we learn these three important truths it helps us to live better in view of seeking heaven as our home and avoiding hell as our final and eternal abode.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Dick Ward for the article! He can be reached at 18 El Dorado East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405; (205) 556-2407).
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