The Bible declared what shall it profit a man if he gained the whole world and loses his soul. What is soul and how can it be lost or saved ?
When God created man from the dust He breathed on it and it became a living soul. Soul then is inside every person and when we die the soul returns to God.
God also said all souls are mine. The soul that sins shall die.(Ezekiel 18:4)
The Holy Spirit through apostle Paul said all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death but how can then the soul be saved ?
Paul continued but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The way to save our soul is through Jesus Christ. First we have to repent of our sins and believe (know who Jesus is, what are His teachings, follow Him, allow His words and Spirit to dwell in us) in Jesus Christ.
If this is the first time you heard this and would like to ask some questions, drop me a note or send a private text to me and i will try to clarify it. Better still ask God to lead you to someone who will help you understand and receive God's gift of salvation. (at this time we have to observe proper distance for safety but through phone, texting or letter we can still communicate).
With the uncertainties surrounding the virus we could find ourselves worrying about them. Of course our God does not sleep and long before this, He gave wonderful promises. Here are some of them.
You probably are aware of Psalm 91 ; 2 Chronicle 7:14; Psalm 23.
Isaiah 54: 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper...
Philippians 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I remember in Manila around the 70's when i saw Chinese manufactured products exhibit. Then in the 90's US manufacturing companies started moving their production in China till the world seems to be inundated with products made in China. China seems to be the major workers in the world.
With the hard work, China progressed and prospered. But now with the virus apparently coming from them, perception appears to change.
What about the rest of the world ? Did we do our part ?
How did humanity as a whole performed ? the Bible proclaimed that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ did not die only for individuals like you and me but for nations and the world.
I believe the world needs to repent and confess that we had put this disaster to ourselves through pollution, abuse,negligence, etc. Have we gone too far to admit that we need Jesus Christ to help us rebuild ?
I have been reading about the danger of corona virus, the worst of it is death but i have not read that it could send one to hell. Here is how. When a person dies, the soul goes to where it came from for judgment. The Bible revealed that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Also it is appointed for men to die and after that the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
But God provided a way for man not to go to hell by a person named Jesus Christ who is believed to be the God who came in human flesh to die for our sins.(Romans 5:8;)
We have to repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ while we are still alive because we can not do these after we die. (Romans 10:9,10)
Therefore to meet the dangers of corona virus which are death and hell, we need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
If there is anything here unclear to you, kindly ask a priest or a minister or a pastor or a Christian. Use phone or maintain proper distance for precaution.
Christian spiritual suggestions during this corona virus time
First obey authorities in our area of residence on what to do with regards to this virus. This pertains to physical matters. Follow our spiritual leaders on spiritual matters. Make safe communication with fellow believers.Follow inner urgings, but make sure it is from the Lord.Then strengthen our faith through prayer (as we are led by the Holy Spirit). Purify or cleanse our soul by confessing our sins to God. Make peace with God by forgiving others and ask forgiveness from people we wronged (by phone or prayer). Pray to love others as Jesus commanded.
Pray for people of other faith,also for your enemies as written in the Bible.
Test these suggestions and add or subtract to this list what you believe are right or wrong.
Unlike the corona virus which enter humans without invitation but through man's carelessness or through contact with infected people or infected surfaces, Jesus does not just invade people. Either Jesus knocks or we have to invite Him into our lives.
How do we invite Him and when does He accept invitation ? Because of Adam's sin we inherited the sin nature. In short we became sinners. As sinners we do contrary to God's laws. Our conscience and the Holy Spirit convict us of our sins, and cause us to sense that we have sinned. We either realize(accept) or deny that we did something wrong. Sooner or later we will realize that sin nature is very strong and keep us under its control. Only Jesus can liberate us from sin.
We repent or feel sorry or regret that we did wrong and ask Jesus to save us from our sins. If you have a Christian friend maybe you can call him or her on the phone and ask him or her to explain to you the details.
Rapture is the belief that Jesus will take His people home before or during the great tribulation. I have been waiting or expecting the rapture since 1985 so about 35 years now.
Before 2020 the scenario were cars running unmanned , all of a sudden the Super Bowl quarterback disappear, airplanes falling from the sky and many more. You may add what you heard or read even dreaded before.
Now we can be at home reading the Bible, praying etc. and all of a sudden we are in the presence of Jesus after a possible occurence of rapture. Jesus said His coming will be like a thief in the night.
Bible account says man ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Could this be true ?, let us see. Let us observe ourselves privately or everyone curious make a self test.
It seems within each of us are two persons, one who wants to do good and the other one who wants to do evil. Do you agree ?
Apostle Paul confirmed this in Romans chapter 7. And his good side is losing to the bad side and he is getting desperate. Do you sense the same thing ? I do. Who can help apostle Paul and anyone who sense same to him ?
Apostle Paul found the answer. The answer is in Jesus Christ. Get to know Jesus Christ and see what you will find.
Matthew 7:5 says Hypocrite! first remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
I believe this is written for all of us or for us who see the speck in our brother's eye. Even apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners. Now we call it our dirty laundry.
The Bible says there is no one righteous no not one. Therefore we all need to repent and so applying Matthew 7:5 i can start with my own repentance which is about 38 years now, hence the title of this blog.
A Christian brother reminded me that if anyone is in Christ that there is no more condemnation but let me emphasize when we are in Christ. Romans 8:1.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us.
P.S. Should one repentance be good enough? Maybe if we no longer sin. Hopefully our repentance is not on continuity of same sin over and over again. Hopefully it is getting lesser and lesser sin.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but can not kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.