I am going to give you one of the most radical and transformational versus in the New Testament.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19 NLT)
God is no longer counting people’s sins against them. WHAT!?! Ya, I know it’s incredible. But I thought God was judging America for their idolatry and rejection of the Gospel? I will tell you the same thing Jesus said:
If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day. (Matthew 10:14-15 NLT)
Now did Jesus just say “If they reject me I am going to send a earthquake and destroy them? No! What he said is remove your blessing and I will take care of the issue on the DAY OF JUDGEMENT. This is the Acceptable year of the Lord not the day of Judgement. Listen the disciples want to call down Fire from Heaven to destroy the cities. Jesus rebuked:
51And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, You know not what manner of spirit you are of. 56For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. (Luke 9:51-56)
God’s heart is that He sent Jesus His Son to a world that He loves that we might believe Him, and not perish, but have eternal life with the Father and Son! We have created a theology to conform to our unrepented hearts to demand JUSTICE (just-as-I-had-never-sinned). We demand a partial Judge that takes up our offence. We excuse ourselves from living a Christ like life so we can and offer the world a powerless God. Ask yourself this question, “would a non-believer what your life”? Are you living a transformed life? Do you carry peace in you or do you fear the world?
What this means is the only thing that keeps you from heaven is believing in Jesus! Now I won’t go into what I believe believing is but it’s more than a sinner’s prayer to get into heaven. IT’S HEAVEN COMING INTO TO YOU! It is living a transformed life. It is becoming Christ like. It’s time to rise up and live an abundant life in Christ and preach from the roof tops. Let your light SHINE!!!! ONLY BELIEVE!