Karl Strader

A Time to Live

A Study of Salvation

“ Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” That’s what the King James Bible says. Now, the Message Bible.

“Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God's living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself.”

When you and I become born again, we become a brand new creation in Christ Jesus. God becomes our Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit is given to us as a constant companion and friend. Even the angels of heaven get in on the action. They’re for our protection and over-all ministry.

When we are born again something else happens. We are inoculated against disease and sickness. There’s a hedge of protection that the devil called to the attention of God in his provocation of Job. Satan said “You have put a hedge about him”. When we become a believer, there is a promise that God keeps us from plagues.

When Jesus sent his disciples out to minister after His ascension to heaven, He told them that even if they drank poison, their life would be spared.

Now, just because we get a flu shot, doesn’t mean that we can’t possibly get the flu. We simply have an immunization. So it is with believers, God promises us protection from disease and sickness. However, just as in the case of Job, God allows the devil, on occasion, to test us to see what we’re made out of.

What I’m saying is that when we are born again and become a child of God, we are promised that not only do we receive salvation from sin and a promise of eternal life, but, also, He promises us divine healing for our bodies. Like the Apostle John said, “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”

Then comes true the words of Jesus who says, “it’s the thief, (or the devil), that comes to steal, and kill, and destroy, but I am come that you might have life and that more abundantly!”

Neighbor, it really means something for a person to turn to Christ in this life. We have a much more enjoyable life here, and all of this and heaven, too.

It’s really a bad deal isn’t it! A believer can’t smoke, and commit slow suicide with lung cancer. He can’t drink and die 12 years sooner with a bad liver. He can use harmful drugs and fry his brain. He can’t gripe and complain all the time and make life miserable for everyone else in the house. Yeah, it’s rough just praising God all the time, and being thankful all the time and loving people even when they’re onry all the time. And then when we check out, we make heaven our home for all eternity. No more tears up there. No more pain. No more death. No more sorrow. It’s really going to be rough up in heaven, right?! Wrong!

I don’t know about you, but I think, if you don’t mind, I’ll make heaven my home. I think I’ll choose God over the devil. You know, even if I didn’t know all that, just the fact that someone loved me, even while I was yet His enemy, to die on an old rugged cross for me, so that I could get my sins forgiven and live forever, I guess I don’t have much of a choice. I’m sorry, but I have to choose Jesus!

I really love God. I’d like very much to live up there with Him for all eternity. How about you?

 

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