Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Triune God’s Lovingkindness

The Triune God’s Lovingkindness is better than life

"Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name."
Psalm 63:3-4

This emeritus Christian pastor seldom relates personal experiences in his topical sermon messages. However, this time, is an exception:

About 14 months ago I was involved in an auto accident in which my vehicle was totaled. Thank God, that when all was said and done, there was no loss of life or serious injury. As I was transported by ambulance and spent 3 and ½ hours in emergency waiting for x-rays and a CAT scan, I was the recipient of God’s lovingkindness.

While laying in the hospital emergency room, not knowing if my injuries were to reveal broken bones, ribs and / or, internal injuries, God’s Holy Spirit, did for me, what He does best. He brought me the comfort and assurance of the Lord’s awesome presence. John 14:16-17 ; John 14:26. Precious Scriptures were readily recounted, such as Psalm 63:3-4 and Psalm 94:19. My life was in God’s hands and He allowed me to be very much aware of that – with a thankful heart with praise directed towards His presence for His wonderful goodness toward me.

While waiting for the hospital to do its emergency “thing” on me, I could not help but recount at least 6 different (specific) occasions in my 6 decades of life, where the good Lord spared me my life. He spared me from a polio death as a 4 year old youngster and also various accidents along life’s way. I live to rejoice at his lovingkindness toward me and to share His love, faithfulness and presence as I continue to interact with family, acquaintances, friends and those who visit this website around the globe.

People are generally, not thankful to a loving God

We have just entered the annual holiday season with Thanksgiving Day and are approaching the December days before Christmas. Yet, what people are thankful, for, is not what the Lord would have them to be thankful. Special dinners will be cooked and gifts exchanged, but relatively, few people, will look to the One who provides for their physical and material possessions and enjoyments.

Scripture specifically points out that unthankfulness is the “predecessor” for many sins of rank style

The descending (deviation) digression is, as follows:

When people fail to honor God, as He intended to be honored, they become unthankful to God. Hence, they become vain in their thinking -- and, without understanding. As a direct consequence, their hearts become darkened to the truth of God. They then profess to be wise; but God says that they have become fools. These unthankful, vain, (without understanding fools) then (instead) falsely worship themselves and graven images. Romans 1:18-32

Why is the Triune God’s lovingkindness, better than life?

When visiting a dying person, I often mention that this life (here on earth) is, but [like] a grain of sand on the whole seashore of eternity. Those souls who have received the eternal forgiveness of their sins through the shed (perfect) blood of the Savior, Christ; -- they can understand that simple statement. They are the ones, who have embraced, by faith, the sinless, God-man, Messiah, Christ, who was born into our world and who suffered and died for all human sin. Not only do the historical Scriptures record this reality, but they also document that this special person rose from the dead to live and reign as the one Triune God. Colossians 1:13-18 ; Colossians 2:10 ; 1 Peter 3:22

It is this true God who created all physical life, and, who sustains that life. [Colossians 1:16-17 ; Acts 17:16-28] And, most importantly, it is this God who made gracious provision for a hereafter (eternal) life, as opposed, to death, eternal.

Because of human sin, our physical lives are cut short. [Genesis 3:1f ; Romans 5:12] Judgment and eternal sentencing and punishment (because of sin), must follow. [Romans 5:18 ; Romans 2:1-16 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10] However, this does not need to be the destiny of the sinner because the lovingkindness of God was poured out on the human race by Christ’s existence and sacrificial (sin forgiving) action. John 3:14-21

You [unsaved] Sinner:

Come to know the Savior who can set you free. [John 8:31-36] Read and listen to the divine revelation gift of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. [2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Romans 10:17] Come to know the Triune God, so that you can be truly thankful. [Psalm 100:3] Come to know Him, whose lovingkindness is better than temporal [physical] life, itself. Psalm 63:3-4 ; John 10:10 ; Romans 5:13-21 ; Hebrews 7:25 - Amen.


Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:


Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message


Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures


Psalm 63:1f – The Lord’s lovingkindness – better than life


Psalm 103:1f – A psalm of thanksgiving


New Testament Christian Scriptures


1 John 3:2 – "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."


Romans 8:18 -- "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.


The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian



Note: This edited message was previously posted online by Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel


Sunday, November 20, 2011

“Thankfulness,” - a grace [given] from the Triune God

The greatest kind of “Thankfulness,” is that type of thankfulness that is meant and expressed toward, the Creator, Triune God. While reading the Christian New Testament chapter of Romans 1:1f and (especially Romans 1:21), I have again concluded that being a thankful person, does not come naturally.

There is a difference between being grateful and being thankful. As human beings, we are grateful for many things. Our stomachs are gratified when they are full. Our bodies are gratified when they feel clean. We feel grateful when it is payday. It is gratifying for our favorite sports team to have won – especially when we have had the privilege of rooting them on in front of a TV or video screen. And, I suppose, most of all, we humans are gratified, when we sense and feel that we are loved.

But being thankful and living a life full of thankfulness takes on a different scope. In order to be truly “thankful,” – (1) it presupposes the actual “giving of thanks.” And, (2) in order to be “thankful” – it presupposes that there is someone to be thankful toward. Are we to pat ourselves on the back for that which we are thankful? Or, if we stop and think for a moment, is there someone far greater than we, for which we can actually express our thanks?

“Thanksgiving” presupposes something or someone to whom we are pleased. It presupposes an “action” of noteworthy expressed gratitude.

We are not only encouraged, but commanded to give thanks – it is, our obligation towards our Creator

Presently, I am reminded of the familiar hymn lyric that states: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.” This lyric is in full keeping with the Christian New Testament book of Romans 1:18-22 and, especially, Romans 1:21:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools… Romans 1:18-22

The unregenerate [unbelieving, unrepentant sinner] cannot fulfill the command to give His Creator thanks

When a person does not recognize from where he [she] originates, it is impossible to be truly thankful. When children are irresponsibly taught by our public taxpayer funded school system that they are products of mere chance through a process called “evolution,” – why would those individuals be motivated to give thanks to their Creator? It would be preposterous! Hence, society and culture continues to self flagellate itself into a greater demise of cultural destruction.

The issue of today’s future for its youth, is not a lack of book knowledge, library space, academia or access. The issue facing today’s youth and tomorrow’s posterity is truly being aware and cognizant of, to Whom they should be thankful! Yet, today’s public educational industry continues to drift farther and farther into the dark sinkhole of political correctness and the dissemination of every and all types of (misguided) multicultural values. History is held contemptible and only when it can be revised, held with any type of credibility. Evolution is purported to be the measurement of truth and reality – and, it doesn’t matter if it can be substantiated or held to account to the realities of disciplined (repeatable) science.

Why can’t most people fulfill the command to give their Creator thanks for their being and for their particular and multiple blessings?

Holy Scripture gives us an answer:

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus… -- Ephesians 4:17- 21

To those of you who are “Ignorant,” “Without understanding,” “blind” and “past feeling:”

To those of you who are ignorant, without understanding, blind and “past feeling,” -- those of you who haven't experienced the truth and life that is in Christ – I can only say a few things:

Make it your complete preoccupation to earnestly search for meaning and truth! Seek wisdom! Proverbs 1:1f ; Proverbs 2:1f ; Psalm 111:10

Not only, seek, wisdom – but come to understand that the one Triune God, (in Jesus Christ), is the essence of wisdom – Colossians 2:3 ; 1 Corinthians 1:30

Know for a present and eternal reality that your sins have separated you from a holy and loving God and from His holy heaven. Genesis 8:21 -- Romans 8:7 and Isaiah 59:1-4

If you and your priceless soul would enter God’s good graces -- you must come to God, confessing your sins. You must come humbly. You must come acknowledging your pride. Luke 18:9-14 -- Luke 15:1f -- Isaiah 55:6-8 and Luke 23:39-43

I have never been one preacher to suggest that a simple 5 or 6 point prayer will deliver an unrepentant soul, headed for eternal hell and destruction, towards a holy and just God and His heaven. Prayer and prayer mechanics cannot transform a sinful soul -- only the personal object of prayer, the Lord, Himself.

I don’t believe that simple prayers and “making a 'personal decision' for Christ” will convert or change anyone from a rank sinner into a saint. It has to be the Triune God’s Holy Spirit who will transform a person's soul, from a goat of destruction’s present and eternal demise, into the sheep of Christ’s pasture and direction. Ephesians 2:8-10 and John 1:12-13

The Scriptures make it clear that it is the Lord, who works both the “will” and “to do” of His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Finally, the Scripture says that the “faith,” to believe what God has told us in His Divine Revelation, (the Scriptures), comes by “hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” [Romans 10:17] We are told to “draw near to God.” [James 4:8-10] Humans can avail themselves of the best means to do that – and, that is by the Holy Scriptures. After all, the Scriptures are God’s gift to make his creation “wise to salvation,” -- through faith, which is, in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Once a person earnestly seeks God in the Holy Scriptures, the way for that person will have then been “paved” to make it possible to be transformed by God's Holy Spirit into a believing “child of God.” Romans 10:17 -- Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 10:8-17

I pray and desire for all of you a rewarding Thanksgiving holiday – but more than that, the true spirit of genuine thanksgiving towards your Creator Triune God! May your thanksgiving to Him be the natural flow and outgrowth of true life, found in, and with Him -- only found possible, by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:14-21

Amen!

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures:

Genesis 1:1f -- The miracle of Creation

New Testament Christian Scriptures:

Luke 2:1-20 -- The miracle of the birth Christ -- Note the preceeding Scripture: Luke 1:26-48

Colossians 1:26-27 -- The miracle of Christ formed in the Christian believer

1 Corinthians 15:1f -- The miracle of the resurrection

1 Timothy 3:16 -- "Great is the mystery of godliness...."

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
______________________________________

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian


Note: This edited message was previously posted online by Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Human Nature is Contrary to Divine Purpose

Divine revelation tells us that God’s purpose is opposite to our human nature

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:1f

Those who do not believe in the Triune God, or order their lives after Him and His written revelation found in the Holy Scriptures, (commonly called, the Bible), often attempt to worship false gods. Generally, people like to think of their gods as being, alive. No one likes a dead god. In fact people will go to great lengths to make themselves believe that their gods actually exist and are authentic. They will force themselves to believe -- so much so, that they become narcissistic -- even punishing themselves with all sorts of restrictions or even physical beatings and self torture in hopes of pleasing their perceived god or gods. 1 Kings 18:1-40

Some hardened believers in their particular religion will even become volunteer martyrs in hopes of attaining their hereafter (perceived) rewards. One does not have to think long, to recall the tragic 9/11 twin towers massacre, where some 3,000 people lost their lives because some Islamic terrorists were, at least partially motivated by their religion to sacrifice their lives – and, in the process of those kamikaze acts, they hoped to seek for themselves a blissful hereafter with eternal sensual delights. So goes the perverted religious persuasion that knows no immoral boundaries – only if fanatical believers can achieve world domination at the expense of innocent human lives.

Even those whose focus is the Triune God, become mixed up in their beliefs and thinking


Christ’s own immediate disciples, even though they were following the true and living God, had their quirks about them. Even though they accepted the Old Testament Scriptures, of which Christ believed and often quoted, those disciples did not fully comprehend what their discipleship was all about. Luke 24:44-45

Toward the end of Christ’s short (human) ministry here on earth, He asked His disciples what the general public thought about Him. [Matthew 16:13-28] They readily answered Christ about some of the misconceptions the crowds had about their Master. Next, Jesus asked His disciples who they thought he (really) was. At this point, Simon Peter answered, correctly: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” [Matthew 16:13-28] Christ then immediately responded in positive agreement. He then went on to relate that this important confession of Peter would be that distinguishing feature that would gather the sum total of believers in Him, throughout the coming future ages. Matthew 16:13-28

The same disciple of Christ who had eloquently spoken his belief in Christ, failed to understand, Christ’s purpose


We are led to believe from the Gospel narrative that it was only moments away from the disciples hearing Christ commend one of their own, that the same Christ, then sharply rebuked that same disciple [Simon Peter]. Christ proceeded to inform his 12 disciples that he would soon be with them no longer because he would suffer and die at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders. [Matthew 16:13-28] It was at this point that Simon Peter chimed in and stated that this suffering and death of Christ need not and should not take place. Hence, human reasoning at work. By the words of one of Christ’s own disciples, we have the injection of human sentiment regarding Divine purpose. Christ's disciples, simply could not envision their leader and their God, being bloodied up and crucified on a Roman cross.

How often do you think that you know what God desires in your life? Is it difficult for you to witness a crazy world with all its suffering and death and proclaim that all this need not be? Do you question God for human suffering of others, and, specifically for your own? Do you even go further and think in your heart that God is a capricious and apathetic individual because He allows such a world that is filled with disease, sickness, suffering and untimely deaths?

Offensive (human) thinking contrary to the divine purpose


Christ’s disciple, [Peter’s] problem was that he failed to understand Christ’s divine and ultimate purpose. He, like the other 11 disciples were thinking materialistically and earthly. Somehow, they may have imagined that Jesus Christ was going to be more than any other earthy king, and that His kingdom would overshadow the Roman oppression that ruled over the Jewish state. Perhaps, they thought that Christ was only going to be the Messiah for the Jewish people. At any rate, they failed to understand that Christ’s Kingdom, was not “of this world.” John 18:36

To Christ's disciples, a suffering and dead Christ, was not what they had envisioned. People, whether worshippers of false gods or the true God, instinctively are repulsed by a religion in which their leader is subject to sin, suffering and death. It is offensive to them. And, it is the Cross that is especially offensive. In Roman times, death by crucifixion was only reserved for the worst of criminals. And that was, Jesus Christ’s fate. But, it was more than “fate.” It was the purpose of the Triune God that was already fixed in eternity. [1 Peter 1:18-20] It was the promise of God that followed the first sin. Genesis 3:15

Christ’s torturous and brutal death was that divinely designed end of the perfect man born of a virgin, who was prophesied [in detail] some 600 years before His very birth. That’s Divine Purpose. And this Divine plan and purpose is contrary to human thinking. It is offensive. But it makes no difference. It is Gods way – not our way. Isaiah 55:6-9

Human reasoning, often offensive to God


Christ clearly knew what His purpose was, even though His disciples did not fully discover it until (after) He rose from the dead. [Luke 24:44-45] The holy Christ, who during His life here on earth, perfectly fulfilled all of God's commandments, willingly allowed Himself to be the world’s perfect sacrificial lamb whose perfect blood would be poured out for humanity’s past, present and future sins, to satisfy a just and holy God who must deny imperfect sinners a perfect heaven and, instead justly damn those very same sinners in hell, because of their sins against Him.

Human reasoning which says that sincere intentions can replace the forgiveness of sins, rather than the shed blood of Christ, doesn’t qualify to satisfy God’s justice. Human reasoning which says that God could have devised another way, other than to sacrifice Himself for His creation, does not qualify in satisfying God’s justice for human sin. Human reasoning which attempts to second guess the Lord Almighty, does not qualify in satisfying the only way to deal with human sin. Only, the supreme sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son, qualifies for the forgiveness of sins. John 3:14-21 ; Hebrews 9:16-28

Friend, if you think that you can “buddy up” to God and make your own forgiveness in order to be accepted by Him – you will offend Him. Nothing is more offensive to God, than saying that all you need, is your lonesome self, without the shed blood, of and by Christ, for the forgiveness of all your sins against Him. You can’t go it alone and shove your Creator aside. You can’t save yourself from your sins against Him and your fellowman. And, to think that your sins don’t matter (and that you are better than others) [Romans 6:23] will only make your regret and suffering in a forever hell, more grievous and tormenting.

For the sake of your priceless soul, acknowledge that you are a damnable sinner, in present and eternal need of Christ’s forgiveness. Cry out for His mercy. [Luke 18:9-14] Read and hear the divine revelation of the Scriptures which can work faith into your soul [Romans 10:17] so that you may be gifted with faith to receive and accept that forgiveness. May God grant you His mercy to that end.


Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Old Testament

Psalm 51:1f -- Humans and false gods cannot cleanse or forgive sin -- only the true God

Psalm 115:1-8 -- False gods portrayed in contrast to the true God


New Testament

Matthew 22:1-14 -- Christ's Parable of the Wedding Feast and the absolute necessity of the soul to be clothed with the proper garments

Philippians 3:1-14 -- The eternal necessity of being clothed with the "righteousness of Christ"

Hebrews 9:1f -- Christ's sacrifice of blood, explained


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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
______________________________________

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian


Note: This edited message was previously posted online by Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Literal Hell? -- One of the most compelling reasons

Not to long ago one of the top videos being played on the web was Gov. Mike Huckabee’s answer to a debate question about creation.

Sinful human nature has a most difficult
time comprehending the eternal (forever)
judgment of God. Part and parcel of not being
able to understand, is the ironic sinfulness of
human nature. But, a literal hell does make
perfect sense, since the Triune God, by His
very nature is perfect. Who are we as sinners
to question His judgments? 
It was obvious that the [old] mainstream media debate questioner, [liberal] Wolf Blitzer, was attempting to marginalize any Republican presidential candidate he could. Huckabee went on to answer the question, not giving Blitzer any political fodder which would make him [out] to be perceived as a fanatic.

As I reflected on this debate segment, I was reminded of two priority subjects that most people will avoid:

1- “Creation” as historically documented in the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures

2- “Hell” as historically documented in both the Old Testament Hebrew and Christian Scriptures

Even more so to be avoided than the Biblically recorded history of creation, is the literal existence of “hell.” This is not to say that “hell” is not recognized, as it is very often glibly used in conversational speech. But, most generally, “hell” is not taken seriously, by most people. After all, why would someone believe in a literal hell if he or she did not believe in a literal creation and that they were special creations of Almighty Creator God?

Apart from Scriptural references to hell – this [following] is why I believe in a literal hell

Sometime ago I came across the following website link - don’t ever doubt hell’s existence and its intended purpose:

“Child Sacrifice -- How the Islamist death cult is destroying a generation of youth” -- wnd.com

 A pic of the post WWII Nazi Nuremberg Trials.
Even the hardened Nazi war criminals had to
cover their faces in shame as real live movie
footage was shown in court, chronicling
their holocaust brute crime atrocities
against humanity.







It is my contention that our world would not make sense if there were no literal hell. If certain human beings of past, present and future exercised their free moral will to commit horrendous acts upon their fellow human beings and ultimately “get away” with it, then, how could one reasonably believe in goodness, love, heaven – and, especially, “justice?” Even the hardened Nazi war criminals (as they appeared at the Nuremberg Trials), had to cover their faces in shame as real live movie footage was displayed in court, chronicling their holocaust atrocities. They knew by (God-given) instinct (of human conscience) that what they perpetrated was utterly wrong and ghastly by any standards and that justice was crying out! Romans 2:11-16

If hell and its retributive justice for human sin do not exist, then what does actually exist? Are, what we all experience by sight, sound and touch mere figments of our collective imaginations?

One of Christ’s references to hell

Creator Triune God has made it abundantly clear in His [Scripture] Revelation Gift to humanity, the stark reality of hell. It is said that when it came to hell and heaven, Christ spoke more about hell than he did of heaven. In one of Christ’s most striking desciptions about hell, Christ related the parable of “The Rich Man and Lazarus.” Luke 16:19-31


Hell is not only a final forever destination (place)
of hereafter suffering and torment; but a
continual state of eternal regret for having
rejected (in unbelief) Christ and His gracious
gift of the forgiveness of sins. Hence, God
allows the soul who rejects Him to live apart
from Him and His holy heaven.
Hell is an utterly lonely God forsaken place of unimaginable horror. It will be a person’s final destination of forever regret. It will be an eternal prison of pain and agony to be experienced with all the senses. But most of all, it will be a fixed and unending [eternal] punishment for those who neglected Creator / Savior Christ during their physical [earthly] lives. And, the literal “hell of it” will be, that forever lament, (as exemplified in Christ’s parable) of having had the opportunity to have avoided all the hellishness of hell and not having made provision for one’s own priceless soul!

Everyone "qualifies" for hell

You don’t have to be an unrepentant Nazi war criminal or a present day terrorist (training children to blow themselves up as suicide bombers) to qualify for hell.

You don’t have to be the worst of humanity’s scum to qualify for Creator God’s just judgment:

“Elton John’s Attempted Redemption:” -- “……If a depraved criminal has raped and murdered ten women, the judge couldn’t care less how much he has redeemed himself by giving to charities. He will judge him on his crimes alone. You say that it’s an unfair comparison -- to liken the average human being to a depraved criminal. Not according to the Word of God… (Romans 3:10-18)…."

The point being: If you, as a businessman, politician, preacher, housewife, student, etc. and have broken any of God’s commandments – you, need cleansing from those sins of cheating, lying, extortion, etc. sins -– singular and / or cumulative. Heaven is not heaven for the imperfect. Lord God will not allow human sinners and their sin to experience and contaminate his holy celestial abode without, first, having been purged from all sin.

And, it is at this point, where human pride ends up damning one’s soul.
Lord God has provided the only way to purge human sin – and that one way is wrapped up in the birth, perfect life, suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. [1st Corinthians 15:1-4] His primary purpose was to be Creator God’s sacrificial lamb to cleanse human sin and make it possible for sinners to approach a holy God. Creator God will only recognize as substitute for human sinners and their sin, the perfect sacrifice of Christ. [Hebrews 9:13-14] He and He, alone, is the key for life eternal, rather than hell’s death eternal. Gospel of John 17:3 ; John 3:1-21

My prayer for all you who hear and read this message, is, that you would come to realize your own sin against holy Creator Lord God and Christ. My prayer for you is that you would drop your pretension and pride and confess your sins before God.

Acknowledge by heart and lip your sinful wretchedness [Luke 18:9-14] –- believe the God of the Holy Hebrew and Christian revelation Scriptures. [John 3:14-21 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1f] Trust in Him. [Isaiah 55:1-3 ; Isaiah 55:6-9] Avail yourself of God's written revelation [the Bible] which is His "means of grace, - His instrument for you to convey the faith necessary to believe. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; Acts 8:26-29 ; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; James 1:18

Finally may you then be finally counted with all of heaven’s eternal souls. Only then, for you, will this life of strife, suffering and sin make perfect sense.

Amen.

Please also note:

"Hell to Pay: Believing that something is a figment of the imagination doesn’t change its hereafter reality"

Why are many people hard of spiritual hearing? -- Why will many human souls end up experiencing eternal damnation?

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures:

Genesis 3:1f – Sin against God’s Commandments produces knowledge of sin and often shame. Sin will also bring forth Creator God’s certain judgment

Psalm 37:1f – The godly versus the ungodly – the godly seeks the Lord’s wisdom and guidance; the wicked do their own thing to their own destruction

New Testament Christian Scriptures:

Luke 16:19-31 – Christ’s parable of the “Rich man and Lazarus,” in which hell is vividly depicted

Matthew 25:31-46 – The Last Judgment

The Epistle of 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 – God’s righteous retribution upon “those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”
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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
______________________________________

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian

Note: This edited message was previously posted online by Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel