The Truth About Peace with God

Using the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus separates the tradition about God from the truth about God.

In the middle eastern culture of Jesus’ day, if a son returned home after messing up life, he would be kept at arms length peace. He’s kept at a distance. This was tradition.

But here’s what true about our Heavenly Father, when we return to Him, he gives us arms around peace. God offers us complete forgiveness of sin through Jesus. When we get this idea that we are a second class citizen held at arms length from God, that’s a tradition that is not true. In fact – it’s an outright lie.

What is Actually True About the Nativity Scene

What are some of the traditions of the Nativity scene versus what actually happened at the Nativity?

What we know to be true is Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. He was God in human flesh. God left Heaven, took on human flesh, and lived with us. He lived a sinless life and then volunteered to be crucified for all of our sins.

This is the point of Christmas, so that we may have peace here on Earth.

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth PEACE to those on whom his favor rests.

Luke 2:14 (NIV)

 

 

How Many Souls are “Good Enough” for God?

Sometimes we get distracted in the activity of life and get wrapped up in a material world. This causes us to lose sight of the greatest good.

As Christians we should always re-engage our passion. Our true purpose is to continually reach out into the community of spiritually lost people.

Reach Out For Good

Discovered: When you chase Feel Good; it progressively destroys good. When you chase do good; it grows feel good!

Question: What is The Greatest Good?

Answer: Bring Someone to Jesus

…that the might Believe, Receive, Follow, and Love Him! (forgiven, restored relationship with God our Heavenly Father, the gift of eternal life; transformed life here and now. Merry Christmas!)

Reach Out For Good:

  • Change my mind
  • Engage my heart
  • Train my actions

Christians: Don’t Judge, Do Discern

It’s important for believers to discern the truth about how to live righteously. But using that truth to judge others can do more harm than good in trying to lead others to Jesus.

Figure out what lost people can discern of God and only share information that will invite them to investigate matters of faith further.

Shining your light to the world means leading with love. What people need most is the love of God, not the laws of God.

Complacent Spirit

When you come to faith in God through Jesus, you are transformed in the moment, but you’ll never fully “arrive.” You have a lifetime of pursuing God ahead. You will spend the rest of your days “in flight.”

Don’t settle for a complacent spirit that tells you you’ve arrived with God. Keep chasing Him and striving to be more like Him every day.

 

Jesus Lifts Us Over the Bar

Perhaps the church should be more loving to people and tell them, “We’re not above you. We’re actually just like you. We’re only made righteous because of Jesus.”

None of us can leap over the bar of righteousness on our own. Jesus lifts us over the bar with his righteousness.

Does Jesus Raise the Bar?

The Pharisees raised the bar God set for righteousness, and the world removes the bar completely. The world removes the bar by allowing everyone to simply decide for themselves how they should live; there’s no right and wrong.

Jesus came to lift us over the bar. He didn’t come to condemn the world. He came to save it! But if you dismiss Jesus, you condemn yourself.

Your Communion Questions Answered

What is communion?

Holy communion, sometimes referred to as “The Lord’s Supper,” is a sacred act in which we remember Jesus’s sacrifice.

Remember, it was Jesus’s death on the cross that made way for the forgiveness of sins and allowed for our broken relationship with our Heavenly Father to be restored. We get to spend eternity in heaven – all because Jesus sacrificed his own life “as a ransom for many.”

When we participate in communion, we share in taking a small piece of bread (symbolizing the broken body of Jesus) and dipping the bread in a large cup of juice (symbolizing the blood of Jesus shed on the cross).

It may seem like a small act of remembrance, but it is a holy privilege that comes with great significance. For this reason, communion shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a reverent act that requires us to empty our hearts of sin so that we can fully honor the grace under which we now live.

At 12Stone, anyone who has professed Jesus as their Lord and Savior is invited to participate in act of communion.

Why do we do it?

Participating in communion is a way for us – collectively and individually – to recognize Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and all he accomplished through his death.

There’s nothing magical about the elements of bread and juice (or wine, in some churches). The beauty lies in what they represent and how the Holy Spirit moves in our hearts as we confess sin and participate in the act of communion.

Allow yourself to fully engage in the experience.

Where did it come from?

Before Jesus was crucified on the cross, he gathered his disciples together for one final meal. It was during the season of Passover, the holiest time in the Jewish faith. During the course of this Passover meal, Jesus guided the disciples in the “The Lord’s Supper,” or holy communion.

In the night that Jesus was betrayed, He instituted this “remembrance.” Luke 22:19-20 recounts it this way: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’”

Shortly after the completion of this Passover meal, and the first holy communion, Jesus died on the cross. It’s difficult to imagine that at the very moment he was fellowshipping with the disciples, he carried the weight of what was immediately ahead. And yet, he made sure that his followers had a way to honor and remember what was coming. What a God we serve!

Mission Control Has Made a Way

Jim Lovell wanted to walk on the moon. That was his dream. After orbiting the moon as part of the Apollo 8 mission, Jim watched with envy as Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong planted his feet and the flag of his country on the moon. Two missions later, after a series of strange events, it was Lovell’s turn.

And somewhere in space, an accident that happened before that rocket ever took off destroyed his dream and put him and his crew in jeopardy.

We Lost the Moon

Before the Apollo 13 rocket ever took off, a defective valve was installed on one of the rocket’s oxygen tanks. The defect went unnoticed for years—until the fateful moment when pilot Jack Swigart flipped a switch in the Apollo 13 command module. Suddenly, that defect announced itself, exploding in the command module and sending it wildly out of control, in danger of being completely destroyed.

Long before you or I were born, before we began our own pursuit of what we want out of life, a fatal defect was placed within mankind. The Bible tells the story in Genesis 3, and it is a story of humanity choosing to disobey God and break our relationship with Him. That brokenness became the default setting in every person born since that day, and it hides itself in our hearts until we are old enough to act on it.

Often, that sinfulness comes to light when we’re chasing what we want. As we push for our own way, we come to realize that our pursuit of our goals sets us against God. When that happens, our sin explodes in us and we begin to understand that we are out of God’s will. Suddenly, everything comes into question: who we are, what we really want, and what we will are willing to do.

In the movie, after the Apollo 13 is damaged and Lovell’s team has to make sacrifices to simply stay alive, Tom Hanks (as Lovell) utters a heartbreaking line that describes our reality: “We lost the moon.”

As human beings, sin has cost us our relationship with God and often costs us our dreams and relationships. When we become aware of what we’ve lost we come face to face with the next big truth about our lives.

We Are Powerless to Get Home

As Lovell’s crew stabilizes their Apollo spacecraft enough to orbit around the moon, they are faced with a grim reality: though they are temporarily safe, their future is in doubt. Because the damage sustained to the Apollo capsule, there is no way for the three of them to get home. As they look out of the Apollo’s windows and gaze on the planet Earth, they can see and sense the chasm between where they are and where they really want to be.

Without help, they will remain forever separated from their ultimate goal: home.

We find ourselves in the same place, spiritually speaking. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:23, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Just like the Apollo 13 crew, we are separated from where we truly belong: at home with God our Father. And just like the astronauts, our fate is equally grim: in Romans 6:23, Paul reminds us that “the wages of sin is death.”

So, what hope do we have?

Mission Control Made a Way

On Earth, the men and women at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston were feverishly working on the problems facing their Apollo 13 crew. Pilots were trying to figure out the correct steps to make sure their spacecraft could get them home while engineers struggled with how to build a C02 filter that could keep the crew from being poisoned by their own breathing. The Mission Control team worked day and night, pushing themselves to their breaking point, all in an effort to provide a way of rescue for Jim Lovell and his crew.

The Bible tells us that the same is true of God: Romans 5:6 says that “when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly (sinners like us).” While we struggle with our sin and separation from God, He has already provided a way to close the sin gap between us and bring us safely home.

That Way is through the life, death, and resurrection of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (NIV)

The sin gap we couldn’t close through good works, or good thoughts, or good intentions, Jesus closed with His sacrifice on the cross. He worked on our behalf to provide the way for anyone who would believe in Him to not die separated from God, but be restored to God with eternal life:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (NIV)

What Will You Do?

The astronauts aboard Apollo 13 had a choice: they could accept the help of Mission Control or reject it. You face the same choice: you can accept what Jesus Christ has done for you, or you can reject it. The question comes down to what you really want.

Jim Lovell wanted to see his loved ones again. The man who once wanted nothing more than to plant his feet on the moon shifted his perspective, desiring nothing more than to plant his feet on planet Earth. He and his crew, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigart did what Mission Control asked, and on April 17, 1970, they splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, only four miles away from their rescue ship, the USS Iwo Jima.

  • How about you? What do you want?
  • Do you want to return home, to a restored relationship with God?
  • Do you want to “splashdown” in the arms of God’s forgiveness?

It’s possible. All you have to do is ask. You can pray something like this:

“Jesus, I am a sinner. My sin has separated me from You, and from God the Father. I cannot return home on my own. I believe that You paid the price for my sin on the cross, and bridged the gap between me and Father God. I accept your offer of forgiveness and restoration, and I commit to follow you all the days of my life. You are my Lord and Savior! Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer and would like to talk with one of our pastors about your decision to follow Jesus, you can contact us on Facebook or at 12stone.com.

God Made the Way to Heaven

There’s a sin gap between where we are and where we long to be. No matter how much we try, we can’t earn our place in heaven.

Thankfully, God made a way – and He made it clear in the Bible. Through Jesus’s death on the cross, we can find forgiveness for our sins and restore our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

 

 

Does the Life of Jesus Flow Through You?

As a follower of Jesus, you are filled with “living water.” What will you do with that life-giving, life-changing power?

Dr. Benji Kelley, guest speaker from Newhope Church, teaches that you can be a reservoir, or you can be a river. A reservoir stores water and grows stagnant while a river passes water through it to others.

Don’t hoard God’s love and redemptive power. Let it flow in you and through you.

How Should Christians Build Relationships With Non-Believers?

Being in the world, but not of it, does not mean that we as Christ followers should isolate ourselves from people who don’t share our beliefs. Jesus spent an enormous amount of time relating to non-Jews, much to the consternation of the religious leaders of his time.

Engaging with non-believers can give us opportunities to demonstrate with our actions and our lifestyles how following Christ can make a difference in how one does life. This does not mean, however, that we engage in activities that are not Christ-honoring in order to reach out to the lost, rather, we invite them into our world and into our lives and into our church and make them a part of who we are.

The church should be a place of insulation and refuge for the lost, not a place of isolation and refuge from the lost.

How Should We Share Our Faith Without Being Preachy?

The desire to share Christ with unchurched friends can be outweighed by a fear of coming across as being too pushy or preachy. It is said that actions speak louder than words, so the life we live and the love we share can be the most effective means of opening the door to conversation.

When our relationship with Christ is evident in how we relate to others, how we date, how we handle money and disappointment, and how we do our work, others will want to know what makes us different. As we answer their questions and share the difference Christ has made in our lives, the next natural step is to invite them into a relationship with Christ as well.

Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

Do you remember the Price Is Right game called “Hi Lo”?

The daytime gameshow standard features a particular game where a contestant is presented with six items from a grocery store. The contestant’s challenge is to pick which three of the items are the most expensive. Those three items are then placed on the “Hi” row, and the remaining three items are placed on the “Lo” row.

If the contestant is successful at determining which items cost the most, they win the game.

Now, a harmless little daytime game may not seem like a good illustration for a biblical post, but people play this game all the time with sin. In fact, it’s the basis of many a Christian’s moral compass. The question usually sounds like this:

Which sins cost me the most, and which ones can I get away with?

As human beings, we have rankings of sin. We tend to think of them as big or small, and we judge our character based on which of the big ones we’re not committing. Meanwhile, we judge the character of others on the little ones they embrace. So while we pat ourselves on the back for not murdering anyone, we cry foul when someone else watches a movie we deem inappropriate.

Here’s the truth about sin: before God, all sin—small or large—is an offense to his holiness. Any sin is enough to separate us relationally from our perfect Heavenly Father. The truth is that all sins carry a cost—which is why all sins need Jesus to cover them, all sins need repentance, and all sins need forgiveness.

Here on earth the differences we see in sin are differences of consequence. Some sins bring far more destruction into our lives on a practical level. Jesus said that lust is the same as committing adultery, but while lust can be hidden for a while, actually committing adultery will blow up a relationship in a heartbeat. Jealously wanting what our neighbor has is the same as stealing, but the police don’t lock you up for wanting your neighbor’s Harley – they only lock you up if you steal it.

If we want to grow deeper in our relationship with God, we have to get brutally honest about our sin. We have to recognize and admit that any sin creates distance between us and our Heavenly Father, and we have to lean into His grace and forgiveness while repenting of our actions. Then, we have to fight against that sin in the future by drawing even closer to God.

Hi or Lo, big or small, we all stand before God guilty as sin—but thank God He made a way for us through the covering of Jesus’ work on the cross.

Do Unreached People in the World Go to Heaven?

If you’re a parent, you don’t want to hear your child ask, “Mommy, is Santa real?”

If you’re a patient, you don’t want to hear your doctor ask, “How would you like me to administer this medication?”

And if you’re a Christian, you may hope to go your whole life without hearing, “If God is love, then why would he send people to Hell just because they never heard about Jesus?”

For many Christians, the question about unreached people groups is a tough one because it’s a classic “rock and hard place” question: no matter how you answer, you’re going to feel like you got it wrong.

Before we tackle PK’s helpful answer to this inquiry, let’s take a moment to learn something that might help you when you encounter this kind of question. Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias is known for saying, “Behind every question, there’s a questioner.” What he means is that every question a person asks is influenced by the life experiences and beliefs of the person asking.

It’s a helpful thing to remember, because quite often the question is just a vehicle for testing how YOU feel about the questioner. If you respond with anger, arrogance, or condescension then you are communicating something significant to the person asking the question. Namely, that the Gospel you claim to follow isn’t much of a Gospel.

If you respond with patience, honesty, and love, you communicate to the person asking the question that you take their curiosity seriously, and care about answering them in a way that is beneficial to their understanding. You model the life of Jesus and give credence to your own claims of faith.

So how do you answer the question about people who’ve never heard of Jesus and their eternal destination?

During the Q&A, PK began to wrestle with complexity of compassion. This question is usually asked from a place of compassion by the asker. Their heart cares for unreached people groups. But, in answering this question we come face to face with how much compassion God has. We are reminded that God’s compassion for this world is far greater than we are capable of.

The truth is, if God was unconcerned about reaching everyone with the Gospel, then Jesus never would’ve sent us out as his disciples. He would’ve been content with keeping the Good News “in house” and letting the rest of the world figure things out on their own. And yet John 3:16 says that God so loved the entire world that He sent Jesus to die for ALL people.

And then He gave those of us who choose to follow Him the responsibility to reach people who don’t know Him.

The second part of PK’s answer was to remind us that God is giving time for the whole earth to hear the Gospel. The Apostle Peter wrote, “God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change” (2 Peter 3:8-9, The Message).

What’s clear about the compassion and the nature of God is that he can be trusted with his own plan for salvation and how Jesus’ work would be applied to that person if that person sought God as best they knew how. There is no salvation apart from Jesus, and how God would work in this situation is unclear – but God’s character is trustworthy, therefore his response in these situations is too.

There’s no compassion greater than God’s, and the path for salvation is not only set, it’s being given time to work itself out to every nation. If the church would ever grab hold of that, there’s no telling how many unreached groups would actually be left.

Why Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven?

It’s popular to believe there are many pathways to heaven. It makes sense why people want this to be true! It’s comforting to believe we’ll all spend eternity together rather than believe some will get to heaven and some won’t.

The problem is that the Bible never bends to mainstream culture, and the Bible’s teachings aren’t consistent with this feel-good theology. It is very clear in detailing the one and only way to get to heaven – Jesus, who said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

It might be an inconvenient truth, but there is indeed a single source to salvation – through the forgiveness of sins by Jesus’ death on the cross. We must believe that Jesus paid a sin debt we couldn’t pay, and that it was his sacrificial death that restored our relationship with our Heavenly Father. There is no other pathway that leads to heaven. But remember, God didn’t send Jesus to judge us; He sent him to save us!

“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” (John 3:16-17).

Good, kind people are not exempt.

Goodness and kindness are wonderful virtues that make the world a better place, but they won’t get us into heaven. The Bible explains in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Did you catch that? We have been saved by grace. There is nothing we can do to make us “good enough” to get to heaven. We have to believe in Jesus and accept the gift of salvation. We cannot be saved by own works or by being good, kind people.

Devout believers of other faiths will tell you the same.

The people of Jesus’ time were similar to those of the modern age in that they were diverse in their beliefs. Many were not willing to believe Jesus was the son of God and the Messiah. It was highly offensive to suggest to them that their religion wouldn’t secure them a place in eternity.

These types of conversations with our friends of other faiths are just as unsettling today, but any devout believer of another faith will tell you their way of thinking is equally exclusive. Muslims and Jews have their own pathway to eternity; they don’t accept Jesus as a viable option.

Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophesies.

Those chasing down answers to hard faith questions want more than just Jesus’ statement that He is the way – they need evidence. Look no further than the hundreds of prophesies Jesus fulfilled. He foretold he would rise from the dead. Most religions actually acknowledge Jesus’ resurrection, but just can’t explain it!

Take a look at the following list of prophesies. Keep seeking answers. God’s Word and His Kingdom are vast – and so is His love for you.

Fulfilled Prophesies of Jesus (include this as a link???)

  • Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
  • A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
  • Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
  • Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
  • Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
  • Taken to Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
  • Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
  • Heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
  • Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
  • Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16)
  • Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
  • Would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25; Matthew 21:4-11)
  • Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
  • Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
  • Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
    • Rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48)
    • Betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
    • Sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15)
    • Silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
    • Being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
    • Beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
    • Spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
    • Piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
    • Being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
    • Praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
    • Piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
    • Given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
    • No broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
    • Buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
    • Casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
  • Would rise from the dead! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
  • Ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
  • Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)

Will the offer of salvation expire?

Eventually, yes. But God has given you all the information you need to make the choice for salvation. The rest is up to you! He doesn’t want anyone to be permanently separated from Him.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

You’re a prayer away.

God doesn’t require a long and elaborate prayer. He wants your heart! Simply pray, “Heavenly Father, I believe you created me, and I have sinned against you. I can’t save myself. Please forgive me through Jesus’ death on the cross. Restore my relationship with you as I commit today to follow You. Thank you for the gift of eternal salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, welcome to the Kingdom of God!

Do Babies And Children Go To Heaven?

At 12Stone we have a saying: “When the Bible is clear, we will be direct. When the Bible gives guidance, then we will guide. When the Bible is silent, then we’ll give an opinion.”

Because Scripture is not specific on the question of what happens to babies and young children when they die, what we’re about to discuss is based on Christian tradition more than the Bible.

As PK said during the Q&A, we believe that everyone is born in sin. This concept is often called Adamic sin, or original sin, or inherited depravity, and it means that every person comes into the world with a sin nature. We are going to do things that separate us from God.

Now, that’s easy to accept when it comes to adults. But when it comes to children?

Kids are innocent. There’s an old saying that no one has to teach a kid how to lie, and that’s true; it’s the sin nature all human beings possess. But what little kids don’t do is make a habit of lying or leverage falsehoods to defraud others. Those are skills acquired over time, as we get older and our hearts grow hardened.

When it comes to children, we believe there is an age of accountability – a point at which every person’s heart becomes aware of their sinfulness and the choice to disobey God. That age is different for every individual; some people reach it as early as kindergarten, while others reach it later.

We believe that until a child hits the age of accountability, the grace and covering of Jesus’ work on the cross covers over them, because the child can’t make a conscious choice about faith.

Always remember that God is more compassionate than we are. He created human beings and designed them to grow up, so He knows where the point of transition is for each one of us and how to mark that. That’s why 12Stone™ as a church is committed to kid’s ministry. We are passionate about helping children at an early age learn the Word of God, the Way of God, and how to walk with God.

But this isn’t just the church’s responsibility. In fact, the burden falls on parents to teach this, because God calls kids early and often to know Him. The more a child resists that calling, the more that child is responsible for how they respond to God.

When parents walk daily with their children, modeling a life lived for Jesus, the greater the chance those children will choose Jesus for themselves. And when that happens, no one should wonder about what will happen in Eternity.

Jesus answered that question once and for all.

Faith Origins

Two things you need to know about questions and answers in life:

1) You answer life’s questions from your view of God.

Four Big Questions:

  • Where do I come from?
  • Why am I here?
  • Who am I?
  • Where am I going?

2) There is one God and he can be known.

God made you — you cannot make him! You need God — he does not need you! God’s heart is to give and he is near you!

So what did Paul do?

He was not insecure or silent about Jesus.

How Do You Live Free From the Guilt of Sin?

There is a difference between felt guilt and guilt for before our Holy God.

We are guilty before God for our sin, and that’s the guilt that Jesus covers on the cross.

There is also a guilt that we feel for hurting someone we love, and when we sin against God, we hurt Him. He forgives us through Jesus and asks us to release that, but remorse does matter.

Remorse demonstrates the authenticity of our love for God that we have to release. If we didn’t have it, there’s something very wrong in the relationship.

The freedom that God provides is the freedom of the consequences of sin eternally. We never before God and through Jesus will carry the consequence of our sins. But on Earth, there are very real consequences in society. We aren’t free of consequences on Earth. This is the reason God says “Don’t sin.” We’re going to be free in Heaven, but the destruction will be felt on Earth. That often destroys marriages, families, finances, careers, futures, and emotional souls.

Is Salvation Defined as the Moment You Make the Decision for Jesus, or Is It a Life of Following Jesus?

When you believe in Jesus, you are brought into the Kingdom of God.

There is also a life of following Jesus, because when you say “yes” to Him, you are acknowledging Him as Lord. He always is Lord, but it’s always a working relationship.

You are saved, you are being saved, and at the Resurrection you will be saved.