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THE GUILTY WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED

In most countries when a crime is committed if it is known who committed it, he or she is punished. That punishment is here on this earth, but God has an eternal punishment for those who sin do not repent and who do not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

GENESIS 3:6-7 and 3:23-24

“So when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband (Adam) with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” Genesis 3:23-24 – “ Therefore the Lord God sent him (Adam) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

Adam and Eve were punished by being cast out of the garden of Eden because they disobeyed God.

ISAIAH 14:12-15 and REVELATION 12:7-9

““How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to sheol (hell), to the lowest depths of the pit.” Revelation 12:7-9 – “ And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (the Devil); and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Satan (who was a privileged angel) tried to exalt himself above the throne of God, and he and the angels (later became demons) who followed him were cast out of heaven. They were eternally punished for rebelling against God.

1 SAMUEL 15:1-3

“Samuel (a prophet) also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

Amalek and his men had attacked the Israelites (God’s chosen people) while they were roaming in the desert on their way to the promised land (the country of Israel), so God had a severe punishment for them.

GENESIS 18:20-21 and GENESIS 19:24-25

“Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” Genesis 19:24-25 – “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.”

The grievous sin that the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were involved with was sexual perversion – having sex with members of the same sex. God had every single resident killed, except for Lot and his two daughters. Sin may not necessarily be punished in this world, but if the person has not repented and has not received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, the inescapable fact is that it will be punished in the next one – the lake of fire.

WE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT TO GOD

2 Corinthians 5:10 – “ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Romans 14:12-13 – “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Matthew 12:36-37 – “But I (Jesus Christ) say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

All of us have sinned, and that sin has to be paid for one way or another. Sin cannot go unpunished. When we face God in the final judgment if we have not received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior or if we have not repented of our sins, they will still be with us, which means that God will demand payment for them. Unfortunately for many of us that payment will be spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

However if we have repented and we have received Jesus Christ in our life as our Lord and Savior, all our sins have been paid for, forgiven and forgotten because Jesus paid for them by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. We will not be punished because Jesus took our punishment on His own body. If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is your perfect opportunity to do so. Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive you, and will make you His child. That means you will spend eternity with Him and not with the Devil suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He bled and died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He rose on the third day from among the dead to reconcile me with You. Allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You, Father God. Amen.”

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

Every single one of us needs to hear the word of God, so we can either accept it or reject it. Since God gave us free will, once we hear the truth, it is up to us what we do with it. If we reject it, God will judge us in the final judgment, and will find us guilty of all our sins. That of course will send us to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Not a very pleasant thought!

HOSEA 4:6

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Through the prophet Hosea, God was telling the Jewish people that they would wind up in hell and later on in the lake of fire because they did not know His word. Since they did not know His word, they were not living it. The same applies to us today. We cannot live by God’s word if we are ignorant of what it says.

ROMANS 10:17

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The apostle Paul tells us very clearly that faith comes from hearing the word of God. It is impossible to have faith in God if we do not even know that He exists. The only way we can learn of God’s existence, that His Son died to pay for our sins on the cross, that Jesus gave us examples of how to live a Christian life, and what is the will of God is by reading the Bible. There are no shortcuts.

JOHN 8:31-32

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The only way we can abide and apply the word of God is by knowing it, and if we do that, then we will be set free from sin. The reason being is that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross by shedding His blood for us. He paid the penalty that we should have paid. We can only know that and know Him by reading the Bible, by going to church and by praying.

ISAIAH 52:6-7

“Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’ ” How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39 and Psalm 118:26) proclaiming good news. Jesus, of course, came in the name of the Lord, but blessed is anybody who takes the good news of salvation to others who desperately need it. Are you doing that?

ROMANS 10:13-15

 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
who bring glad tidings of good things!”

We, who know the word of God, are called to take it to others who have not heard it yet. We are to try and evangelize those around us. You may be the only Christian your loved one, friend, co-worker, neighbor or acquaintance knows. If you do not tell him or her about the plan of salvation, who will?

MATTHEW 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and spoke to them (His disciples), saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This command from Jesus has become known as “The Great Commission.” Although Jesus gave it to His disciples, it applies to every single one of us today. We are supposed to take the gospel, which means “good news” to as many people as possible. The good news is that Jesus paid for our sins when He suffered and died on the cross. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and try to do the will of God. No, you are not expected to be perfect – just do the best you can.

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GIVE SACRIFICIALLY
All of us give in one way or another, but what pleases God the most is when we give sacrificially. Yes, we give from our need and not from our abundance. What we give does not necessarily have to be money, although it can be that. We can also give of our time, talents, abilities, wisdom, knowledge, faith, and the love of God that flows through us.
JOHN 3:16-17
“ For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
Father God sacrificially gave up His Son Jesus Christ to be killed as a common criminal to make salvation available to us. Whether we receive it or not, that’s entirely up to us.
1 JOHN 3:16-19
“By this we know love, because He (Jesus Christ) laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.”
Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we should be willing to help people in whatever way we can. All of us have different gifts, talents, abilities, and possessions that can be used to help others in their time of need. Today they have a need, tomorrow we may be the ones who have a need and somebody else will help us.
We should not just talk Christian talk, but we should walk the Christian walk. In other words, we need to demonstrate the love of God to others through our actions. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, both a kind gesture and a favor when it is needed speak volumes.
HEBREWS 13:16
“ Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
We should share with others what we have and that pleases God. We may just happen to have something somebody else needs. Maybe he or she needs it more than we do. Giving it may be a sacrifice to us, but if we are following godly principles we will give it up. In Acts 20:35, Jesus tells us that there is more pleasure in giving than in receiving.
JAMES 2:15-16
“ If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
A Christian cop-out is to say, “I’ll pray for you.” A prayer is fine, but what the person needs could be a blanket, a meal, five dollars, a listening ear, physical help or some other need that could be met by any practicing Christian. A little sacrifice by the Christian person could go a long way toward helping the person meet his or her need.

1 KINGS 17:7-16
“Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him (the prophet Elijah): ‘Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to supply you with food.’ So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?’ As she was going to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread.’ ‘As surely as the LORD your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.’ Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.”’ She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
There was a bad famine in the land because it had not rained for a long time. The widow obeyed God following the instructions that Elijah gave her, and God blessed her because of her obedience and because she was giving from her need, not her abundance.
LUKE 21:1-4
“And He (Jesus) looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
According to Jesus the widow gave more than all the rest because she gave from her need. She gave all she had. Although the Bible does not actually say it, more likely than not, God supplied all her needs.
The most important point is to give of yourself sacrificially. There is a myriad of ways of giving. Just give as the situation requires it. Times change, circumstances change, places change, and situations change, but if you are a true Bible-believing Christ follower you will find a way to give sacrificially from your need. It may not make sense to your friends, fellow workers or the general public because God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
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WE ARE HEIRS WITH JESUS CHRIST

If we have been born again, we are heirs to the kingdom of God together with Jesus Christ. That means God has adopted us as His children, and as His children we have certain rights and privileges. However those right and privileges do not come automatically to us. We have to claim them and exercise them.

JOHN 3:1-3

“There was a man of the Pharisees (the religious leaders) named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

One is born again when one receives Jesus Christ in his life as his or her Lord and Savior. When one does that, one becomes a child of God. Are you a child of God?

JOHN 8:32 and 8:34-36

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:34-36 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin, and a son does not abide in the house forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Jesus was telling this to some who claimed to be believers, but they did not believe in Him. The truth is that Jesus paid for our sins when He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected. If we know that, claim it, repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are set free from sin, and we will spend eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father.

ROMANS 8:15-17

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

When one becomes a Christian, one becomes a child of God who is set free from the bondage of sin and from the past. One is considered to be a new person by God (2 Corinthians 5:17). In eternity we will be heirs with Jesus Christ to everything that Father God has.

ROMANS 8:28-30

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

IF we are Christians, we are justified from our sins because Jesus already paid for them. It does not mean we can go on sinning purposely, but when we do if we repent, ask God to forgive us, and do our best not to sin again, God forgives us and we are clean as if had never sinned.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-10

 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

The scripture is referring to what we will have in eternity when this life is over for us. Unfortunately only the Christians will go through this experience. The ones who fail to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire. Don’t be one of them!

PSALM 103:1-14

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.”

A few practical benefits of being a Christian: 1. We will spend eternity with God. 2. We can bring our problems to God in prayer and supplication. 3. God protects us from harm. 4. He can give us victories over our enemies. 5. He can make the crooked paths straight for us. 6. He can heal us when we are ill. 7. He may perform miracles for us if they are needed. 8. He can help us to make decisions. 9. He can handle our hurts, frustrations, anxieties, fears and anything else that may be bothering us. 10. He can restore broken relationships. 11. He can help us leave behind some bad addictions.

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THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
In biblical days, even before Jesus was born, the price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver, and that was exactly what Judas received for betraying Jesus. That was the price he and the Pharisees put on Jesus’ life. How much is your life worth?
EXODUS 21:32
“If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant (they would be slaves), he (the owner of the ox) shall give to their master (the owner of the slaves) thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned (would be killed by stoning).”
This time was about 1445 years before Jesus Christ was born. The price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver then and during Jesus’ lifetime.
ZECHARIAH 11:7-13
“So I (the prophet Zechariah) shepherded the flock (It is referring to the Jewish people) marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock (the people) detested me, and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd (He would not be the leader of the Israelites). Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations. It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD. I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! (That is what they figured the life of Zechariah was worth). So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.”
in those days the price of a slave was thirty shekels or thirty pieces of silver. Can we really put a price on a human life?
MATTHEW 26:14-16
“Then one of the twelve (Jesus’ disciples), called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests (the religious leaders) and said: ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he (Judas) sought an opportunity to betray Him (Jesus).”
Jesus was only worth thirty pieces of silver to Judas and to the religious leaders. How much is He worth to you?
MATTHEW 27:3-5
“ When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”
Judas had remorse, but he never repented. If he had repented, Jesus more than likely would have forgiven him. No one knows for sure, but there is a high probability that he may be suffering in hell. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Do not gamble with your eternity. You can make sure that you will be going to heaven and not to hell.

MATTHEW 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Do not be fooled by the devil, the world or even by your own mind. Your soul is priceless. God considers it a treasure. No amount of money, power or fame can buy it or be a substitute for it.
The treasures that God is referring to are our souls. Yes, you can be a treasure to Him if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9, Luke 12:8, John 3:16, John 14:6, John 3:3).
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LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD
People who do not want anything to do with God are dead to Him. Those are the people who will never repent and just plainly refuse to believe in God. They are not dead physically, they are dead spiritually. God does not want to have anything to do with them because He knows their heart.
JOHN 5:36-40
“But I (Jesus) have a greater witness than John’s (John the Baptist); for the works which the Father has given Me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent (Jesus Christ), Him you do not believe.”
Jesus was talking to the Jewish leaders. They were trying to kill Him because He was healing people, saying He had come from God, and people were beginning to follow Him. In essence, He was a threat to their leadership.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
This refers to people who will never repent, will never receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who do their best to discredit God’s existence and to insult Christians. It does not refer to people who will repent and who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
MATTHEW 23:25-30
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”
Jesus was talking to the religious leaders. They did not accept Him as the Messiah, and He did not accept them for salvation. They were as good as dead to Him.
JOHN 8:44-47
“ You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Jesus told this to a group of Jews who did not believe in Him or in His word. Those people were dead to God.

MATTHEW 8:21-22
“Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
What Jesus meant was for the ones who had no salvation – spiritually dead – to bury the ones who were physically dead.
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are dead to God, which means you are totally separated from Him. Do not despair because God in His infinite love for us made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. That way, of course, is Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If you want to make sure that you are not dead to God, go to this page to the article entitled, “You Cannot Have Faith Without Knowing God.” At the end you will find what we call, “The Sinner’s Prayer.” Pray it to God, and He will receive you as His child.
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