Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Enemies of the Cross or Citizens of Heaven"

“Enemies of the Cross or Citizens of Heaven”



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.          Philippians 3:18-21


The destiny of the ENEMIES of the CROSS, the FALSE teachers, the UNBELIEVERS, is DESTRUCTION or being RUINED by being SEPARATED from God in their ETERNAL JUDGMENT. 


The Apostle Paul goes on to describe three characteristics of an ENEMY of the Cross; (1) their god is their stomach, which means, their main goal is to satisfy their own physical desires and their unrestrained gluttony, (2) their glory is in their shame, in other words, they sought glory for their own selves, instead of giving God the glory that was due Him.  They took pride in things they should have been ashamed of, (3) their mind is set on earthly things, they depended on earthly things in order to gain points with God.


Then Paul gives us a picture of the CITIZEN of HEAVEN, the TRUE BELIEVER, the TRUE CHILD of GOD.  He tells us that they are sojourners on this earth, EAGERLY awaiting the return of a SAVIOR from Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will MIRACULOUSLY transform their lowly bodies to be just like His GLORIOUS BODY.  A body that is free from disease, death, decay, and any physical flaws whatsoever.  It will be PERFECT in EVERY WAY, and it will be fitted to withstand ALL of the GLORIES of Heaven, our CELESTIAL HOME for ALL of ETERNITY.


So the question that you need to ask yourself is:  “Are you an ENEMY of the CROSS, an UNBELIEVER? Or are you a CITIZEN of Heaven, a TRUE BELIEVER?”  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are an ENEMY of the CROSS, an UNBELIEVER, who is on their way to that place called Hell, the place of ETERNAL torture, torment, pain, heartache, agony and despair, to name only a few despicable attributes of this wretched place.  However, you can change your destination and CITIZENSHIP  from Hell to Heaven by, coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE BELIEVER, who is EAGERLY AWAITING the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and one who is a TRUE CITIZEN of Heaven, who will receive a NEW, IMPROVED, PERFECT, GLORIFIED BODY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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