Jesus is the Son of God and came to earth from Heaven. He fulfilled hundreds of prophecies about Messiah. Religion is man's attempts to get to God. Jesus is God reaching down to man in love in a relationship. He was needed to save us because He is the Savior of the world. He Himself lived a reverential life to God when He was here 2000 years ago. He lived until about age 30 when at such time He started to minister under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Four New Testament Gospels give a precise accurate description of His Life and Purpose, to forgive all of our sins and that to believe Him is the only way to Heaven. "God wants to give you an extraordinary life in the realm of influence He's called you to. He will do this by His grace" (John Bevere.) God doesn't want anyone lost in other words. Pretty soon there may be no delay by God to be longsuffering toward us.
But to be saved, and Jesus Himself said the way is narrow and difficult to Life and the way to destruction is broad and its gate wide and many go therein and are perished, we need a belief of faith in Him that grows (into born of God life: zoe in Greek.) Jesus spoke about hell as a place to shun and as did the Apostle Paul but Christ spoke more about hell than anyone in scripture. A God Who lets sinful people have there way would not be very just nor would He be loving to the victims of these sinners. Sin is lawlessness and transgressing the Law of God which Law was given to us through Moses to show us we fail God as well as God's Holiness and Love by misdirecting an inner witness. Antionomism is anything goes and every situation, relative to it, no absolutes. By this we grieve God who gives the Holy Spirit.
We see by these many laws within the Law show us a limit on personal avenging of a victim to his/her aggressor. God in essence is saying we need a Savior to save us from our passions for in many ways we have gone over the line in sin before God. If we have ever lied we have sinned before God and if we have ever stolen we have done sin also. Scripture says, "miss the Mark in one point, you've missed every one of them.
Lust? hate? Murder in the heart? We deserve hell justly because for Utopia God requires perfection. All others are liars and thieves, "trying to climb up another way," scripture declares, "into the sheepfold.".
In mercy He Himself provided that way to Heaven we could not bridge when He sent Himself in the form of Jesus Christ, to live a pleasing life before God pleasing of He here on earth obedient to death even a cross death. In that way He died in weakness a crucifixion death (II Corinthians 13:4,) but that was Friday. Sunday's a Coming! and He Arose from death and lives by the Power of God. That Resurrection has been the most documented fact of history! He brought offerings to God which was His Blood to the Throne where God dwells.
Moses was given a pattern in the Sinai desert as to how God would provide by way of an Ark of His Presence which had a Mercy Seat where God dwelt back in the Old Testament. This later became the Temple Holy of Holies and then Christ Himself on earth and now Christ is within each believer, by the Holy Spirit who gives life and ministry to us! But you have to be IN Christ to win it, eternal life. In other words, salvation applied to your life has to be. Its a Gift by grace to those that obey by faith through grace in fact the obedience of faith Paul spoke of in Romans chapter one. Jesus lived that perfect life perfectly. "I am the way the truth and the life, no man gets to the Father but by Me," Jesus Christ said (John 14:6.) We need to be born of God or born again now as Jesus taught! We admit we're sinners and have fallen short of God's glory and that's in Romans 3:23 to do. Romans three verse ten says, "There is none righteous, no not one." We fall short on the mercy of God and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior humbly before Him.
Be following Christ all the days of our life & we will build a sure foundation established on the Laws and Promises of God and have an inheritance for the time to come and the storms also rooted in God. Jesus is the only way to God. God can put us in the eye of the storm in peace in Him. NO other name under Heaven given among men is needed to be saved Acts 4:12. It is my prayer that you will pray earnestly and sincerely to ask God to be saved so you can be ready should He call you home to Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21,) and read the Bible and find Jesus Christ for your life and lifestyle. I was at a young age of four when I asked Him in to be my Savior from sin. It has been a better full life since then for me and I have never regretted a moment of it. Dave Candel
Bethel Assembly Of God Church
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Jesus was born in a special way because He was specially born. He lived to preach the Kingdom of God and through that message, the forgiveness of sins.
The life He lived evidently pleased God perfectly so that He was declared in scripture as God come in the flesh, seen of angels, believed on in the world, taken up to glory. When Moses heard the pattern shown to him in the Mount He was told that a Prophet like him should arise who will continue Moses work further. Moses as a servant built God’s House or Tabernacle but Christ as a Son over God’s House has more honor as a son, not just a servant. Even Genesis shows us early on what God had provided in the future in chapter 3:15. Namely that God would produce seed of the woman to crush Satan’s head and that Satan would bruise his heel (of the seed of the woman.) This bruising of the heel was Christ’s death. Satan was crushed at the cross but his sentence has yet to be carried out. It will be at the Second Coming of Christ when His Kingdom promise will be fulfilled and righteousness will be the order of the day.
Jesus was both a sin offering and a scapegoat showing that He died for our sins and took our sins away as a scapegoat bringing the result, forgiveness of sins, a new, resurrected life for believers. Romans 5:1 says, "justification," and Romans 8:1-3 gives us a better glimpse when it says, "what the Law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh God did sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh that the righteous requirement of the law might be met in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." In Chapter seven we, "Thank God," because: "of Him."
And II Corinthians 5:19 says Jesus reconciled us back to God and verse 21 says Christ, "became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God IN HIM." In short Jesus had to die because of Adam’s failure to heed the obedience of God’s imperative to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’s fruit. God is able to save those that come unto God by Jesus Christ seeing He ever liveth to intercede for them. He is not willing that any should perish but that all might come to repent.
I believe in a literal hell and like C.S. Lewis wrote in The Great Divorce it is a place of one's will turning in on oneself so that the end result of our sins: lusts, greeds, and hates is a place of torment of burning sulfur fire because we hypothetically left our faith in Jesus and did our own thing.
God's love will not change but like the Holiest Of All, the Naos of God's Presence, we didn't acknowledge nor reverence, that Presence nor Gift from God in the Savior so that fire we clung to as living existent reality is destructive and ends in weeping and gnashing of teeth. His love will go on loving but love didn't change us or more accurately we didn't change on or by it. And God forbid Jesus was not a part of our existence & though life continues in hell indefinitely it will not be anything but our wills without God's blessing for He can't be with us in that we rejected His plan. His plan is to live with the Son inside and obey His will. This is a hypothetical of course. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself reaching out with agape love.
His love continues beneficial to those saved in Heaven in His Presence for godly believers who are in Christ but for the fearful, unbelieving, immoral, thieves, liars and such like that meaning ordinary people who walked in pride: sulphur fire in the fire lake in unending torment forever and ever is what they can expect. Get with God's great plan and embrace Jesus Who is the Son of God and consider Who He claimed to be and believe, commit, follow Him.
Consider the rich man and Lazarus. It's a story Jesus told not a parable therefore real. The Bible says, there is a holiness without which, "no man shall see God," and to be, "rich toward God!" There is a dynamic tension now between God's love and God's wrath but in Eternity it will different be. Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!