Saturday Song: Lenny Kravitz, “The Resurrection”

Though Lenny Kravitz is a Christian, he also is a well-respected rock star in his own right. Neither is he afraid to sing about the Lord. I’m glad because I both love Christ and good rock music.

Take a listen to Lenny’s song here.

Each Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. But why should this matter so much?

It certainly mattered to the early Christians. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:19, (KJV) that, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

apr20,Jesus on the crossWe have the hope of our rising from the dead because of what Christ did to pay our death penalty. Romans 6:23 KJV) tells us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

But why should we be held guilty because of Adam’s sin? Because he represents us all and he failed to obey God. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:21 (KJV), “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.”

Revelation 20:6 (KJV) explains why this rising to life eternal is so important to us who obey Christ. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

I hope you liked what I wrote and this beautiful tribute to Christ’s resurrection.

On Monday, I’ll be posting about how the Christian life is like bowling.


The Belief in a Higher Power Error

Sep10, TEMPLEIs it really enough to just believe that there is some sort of universal higher power? Many people, including good friends of mine, say that they can’t believe in the Bible and Jesus. Then they give me some sort of excuse about bad examples of Christians or of misunderstandings they have of church doctrines.

Look at what James wrote about those who just believe about God. In chapter two and verse nineteen (BBE) he wrote, “You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear.”

Beyond mere mental ascent, people must place their trust in Christ. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) plainly states, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Some people will doubtless be confused at how we can believe in God and Jesus as well. Even so, Christ tells us to do so. John 14:1 (KJV) quotes our Lord as saying, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”Sep10a, Jesus and the senturian

Believing in the Lord means placing one’s full and total trust in him and Christ’s atonement for sins on the cross. As Romans 10:9 and 10 (BBE) instructs, “Because, if you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and have faith in your heart that God has made him come back from the dead, you will have salvation. For with the heart man has faith to get righteousness, and with the mouth he says that Jesus is Lord to get salvation”

Additionally, we must love the Lord rather than roboticly obeying him. Jesus said in John 14:15 (KJV) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Christ also explained the benefits of loving God in John 14:21 (KJV) when he said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

And not only in this world do we receive new life in Christ but in the age to come. Romans 6:23 (KJV) states, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sep10b, book - openSo mere ascent that there is some sort of divine being somewhere who made the universe isn’t enough to give people salvation and save them from sin and eternal torment. This is the main theme of my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? May the Lord use my writing to guide folks to eternal life.

On Thursday, I’ll post about the error of moralism. Just being a nice person won’t get one into heaven either.

What Must We Do to Have Eternal Life?

apr20I’ve shown in past posts that surrendering our wills to Jesus is the only way we can spend eternity in Heaven. But what must we do to inherit eternal life?

Jesus gave the answer in John 3:15 (KJV) when he said of himself, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” The word “believe” means to have implicit trust in Jesus and his gift of salvation.

We must realize that we are hopeless sinners and ask the Lord for forgiveness of our rebellion against him. Then we must become Christ’s disciples, following and obeying everything he commands. As the Apostle Paul pointed out in Romans 6:23 (KJV), “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
But merely believing about Jesus isn’t enough. We must be a hundred percent devoted to following him and to do so every day. Look at what Paul wrote to his protege, Timothy. He said in 1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV), “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

We can also see the guarantee of our entrance into heaven in 1 John 5:11 (KJV). “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

And as it says in Jude 1:21 (KJV), “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

We can therefore put our full trust in Christ because he is God. Peter realized this when he said to Jesus in John 6:68 KJV), “Then Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.'”
There was a time when I thought that just believing about God would get me into heaven. Then I learned at a vacation Bible school meeting that I must repent and place my trust totally in Jesus Christ. This is what I’ll emphasize in my upcoming book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many people claim to be Christians but they haven’t yet placed their lives in his hands. My goal is to let as many people know about true salvation in Christ alone as I can through my writing.

Who Gives the Best Gifts?

dec13To us Christians, the answer to this question is obvious. But why is it that our Lord gives us the best gifts?

God loves us like an excellent father. Jesus tells us in Luke 11:11 (KJV), “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?” We aren’t always the best at parenting but our heavenly Father knows what would be best for us.

But did you know that making a living is also God’s gift to us? Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:19 (KJV), “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” Thanksgiving Day has passed but we must be thankful every day for such wonderful things which he provides.

But more than physical gifts, we receive spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit. And what good are these? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:12 (KJV) that, “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”
Of course the best gift of all is salvation. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8 (KJV), “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” And what a wonderful gift it is for we who trust in the finished atonement of Christ.

And as Paul reminds us in Romans 6:23 (KJV), For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Additionally, Jesus was our gift. Mark 10:45 (KJV) testifies, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” For this reason, we worship him and celebrate his birth, death, and resurrection.
There are so many wonderful verses that I could add regarding the excellent gifts our heavenly Father provides us but this blog post would become a novel. Instead, I’ll save them for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Sadly, many people assume they’ll be in paradise when they die but they’ll be shocked at their real destination.