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12:51 PM   [10 Feb 2013 | Sunday]


There are still lessons and statements given in the Bible to which we have not received the total understanding. As the appropriate time comes, God reveals additional information that had not been completely explained until He gives us the revelation. Now, there will be those that will disagree with this statement, but those people disagree with almost everything so their opinion is insignificant. But, an example of this new understanding is Heaven and Hell. For many years, it was believed that there were only those two places to which we would spend eternity after we die. However, not that long ago, certain enlightened individuals began to see that there are other places where we may spend eternity and this information is still not absolutely clear as yet…

But, the one thing to which we should all agree is that the words of Jesus carry more impact than everyone else from within the Bible. As He speaks in the Gospels, He essentially remarks on all aspects of life in some way. When he chides with the Jewish leaders about their actions, many think that His words were meant for those people. But, this is only partially true because He is speaking to us as well. At one time, as He was speaking to the Pharisees, He remarks about changing the words of God because of convenience:

Mark 7:9 “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandments of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

We must face the reality that since there are so many versions of the Bible that not all of them can be correct. We must remember that all altered bibles were changed from the original Authorized KJV, and any change to this is exactly about what Jesus was explaining to the Jews…

In Luke, Jesus is speaking about passing through the gate and explains that many will not make it:

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and not be able.”

Jesus supports this further in John as He speaks again to the Pharisees:

John 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

Jesus further explains that these people will be discovered and expelled. But now, we must examine an extremely important statement that has underlying meanings which should be considered very carefully.

John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed  from death unto life.”

There are two aspects of this statement that must be understood to grasp the proper meaning. Hearing the words of Jesus is not just reading what He said, but it means that we must live by those words. His words mean exactly that, His words are not suggestions and are certainly not the interpretation that others have made to His words. And, His words give us certain rules and requirements that we must strive to uphold concerning our behavior in our lives. And if we do this, we will not be condemned to eternal punishment, however it does not say that we will pass through the gate…And, this brings us back to the lack of total understanding of where we may spend eternity, even if we do not pass through the gate. It would be nice to think that all we need to do is say a few words and we will go to Heaven, but it just is not that easy. We can see by the words of Jesus that there is much more to gaining admission to New Jerusalem than claiming Christianity. If our commitment is genuine, the Spirit will lead us through the understanding that is necessary to pass through the gate… We should not grasp one passage that appeals to us and base our total beliefs on what we think it means. The Bible is one Book with many parts, and all those parts must be assembled in order to reach success !!!

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