Many are preaching about our history today. About service and honor and the sacrifices made by those who have served in our Armed Forces and I agree and commend those sacrifices which were made, some of them were the type of sacrifice which required their lives in service to our country. God watches over all of them whether they were or are believers or not.
My sermon this morning has to do with honoring them by telling of our Savior and His sacrifice for us.
He gave His life on the cross to pay the penalty and the debts owed for the sins of the world! He also was raised to life and conquered death and the grave so that we could have the hope of eternity with Him one day. Isn’t that a wonderful and marvelous reward to look forward to?
There are many references to scripture which tell us about our wonderful and awesome Creator and Savior, Jesus. So, let’s go to a few of them.
We are a people of God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9), chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), destined to be like the Son of God (Romans 8:29), bought with divine blood (Acts 20:28), acquitted and accepted before the court of heaven (Romans 5:1; 15:16), a new creation on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:17), indwelt by the Creator of the universe (1 Corinthians 6:19), sanctified by the body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:10), called to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), heirs of the world (Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23), destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 3:21) and judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). In church, there is a gathering of people who are like-minded in their belief in God and their faith is in Jesus for their salvation. No other religion besides Christianity can boast of this in any way.
When Romans 8:29 says that we will be like the Son of God, it is referring to having an immortal and glorified body. We will not be gods like some believe. God is the only God and He reigns supreme in the universe. Eternity is ahead of us, regardless of which place we spend it in so I would suggest that you make sure of where your eternity will be while you are yet alive because there are no second chances. This life is the precursor to eternity so make it count.
We are bought with divine blood, the blood of our Savior. Who came from heaven and lived as a human in order to know the trials and temptations that we know and yet He overcame those temptations. Now, some will say this “Yeah, but He was God in the flesh, of course, He could overcome the troubles of life!” While this is true and He did have the nature of God rather than the nature of mankind, He still faced those temptations. He also paid the price for your sins and mine through the shedding of His blood and bought our salvation with His suffering on the cross and His resurrection.
Can we know what it is to be like Christ? No, not in our mortal bodies but we will be in glorified bodies in Heaven if we have given our hearts and our lives to Him while in this life. Your belief in His work on Earth is the key to heaven for you. We are sanctified in Him if we believe that He did the work for us as it is written in the gospels.
But, what if I don’t really believe? What if I read those things and listen to sermons but I consider them just stories and nothing more?
Well…until you feel convicted by His Spirit and search for the Truth in Scripture and believe it, you will go to hell when you die.
Unbelief is the one sin which will send you to hell and there is no way to undo this after you have died. Seek out the truth and search for Him while there is time to do so.
In the book of Revelation, it says that we will judge angels in Heaven. That is a task which I don’t understand and likely won’t understand it until we are there. I mean, angels are divinely appointed messengers in the Old Testament so why would they need to be judged? They followed their Lord’s commands, at least the ones who did not rebel against Him.
We are also destined to rule with Christ during His one thousand year reign on Earth. What does that mean? Well, I am only guessing but I think it means that we may represent Him in places where the knowledge of Him is lacking in the world. He will be ruling from Jerusalem physically so we will likely be governor of those areas and consult with Him on things we need His advice on. This is all speculation of course, but you get the idea.
So, to conclude, we will not be sitting around on clouds strumming on harps as so many paintings like to portray. We will be doing something for our King and our Savior and we will be doing it for eternity so it will not be boring. The poor souls who chose not to believe…well they will be in torment forever and they won’t even have the time to consider having a party like so many believe.
God’s Word is the Truth and the Life, so if you haven’t given your heart to Him and trusted Him as your Savior then I suggest that you “git ‘er done” before you stand before Him one day.