Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Monday, February 28, 2011
What really matters?
Questions like these are common for all of us at one time or another. These questions have been asked for ages, yet perhaps now more than ever. Now, more people of the world have more available to them than ever before. Yet, dissatisfaction and even despair has left most people parched and thirsty for something more. Some people even have wealth, fame, and power, yet are panting for something more.
Most biblical scholars agree that King Solomon is the author of Ecclesiastes and parts of Proverbs, among other scriptures. Solomon is regarded as the wisest man, from an earthly father, that will ever live. In 1 Kings, we find that God responded to Solomon’s humble request by promising the greatest wisdom to him.
Solomon was king in Jerusalem over all of Israel for forty years and built the First Temple in Jerusalem. However, when we examine Solomon’s life as recorded in 1 Kings and read Solomon’s teachings and lifelong reflections in Ecclesiastes, it turns out that the promised greatest wisdom does not fully come to Solomon until he finally concluded that trusting God is the greatest wisdom.
God knew that Solomon wouldn’t fully understand and appreciate the greatest wisdom if God simply told Solomon to trust Him. God knows that man’s nature is to want to try things his own way. God knows that man has trouble realizing that His way is best. To get more to the heart of the matter, God knows that man’s fallen nature is that man doesn’t want to be responsible to a Creator. That’s why God built into man the desire for something more than what this world seems to offer. God deeply imbedded within man the desire for Him.
So, man can attempt to deny it, but he knows, down deep, that eternity and God are at the root of his desires. Thus, when man begins to ask himself, and perhaps ask God, those deep mortal questions, it finally comes down to an eternal aspect. What is eternal, thus important?
As we begin to define what is eternal, we must begin with what is most eternal. Some things will last for an eternity, but what is most eternal is that which always will be and always has been. That definition fits only the Creator.
The Creator has revealed Himself as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the great mystery; God is One in Three and Three in One. The Trinity fits the definition of most eternal.
As we continue to define what is eternal, we next move to what the Creator created and is thereafter eternal. That brings us to the subjects of angels and souls. First we will consider angels.
Angels were created with free will. They were given at least one opportunity to decide if they will completely trust God and that His way is best or decide that they will not completely trust God. Prime examples are the Archangel Michael who completely trusts God verses Satan who chose to not completely trust his Creator. Satan turned away from The Light, yet, he presents himself as an angel of light.
Now the subject of souls brings us to where the rubber meets the road. As we ponder what the meaning and purpose of our life is and realize that our soul is eternal, the subject of souls becomes critically important. This subject causes our own mortality to strike us directly. Our earthly body is very temporary, but our soul and God’s holy and just judgement of our soul endures forever.
God will judge the souls of men. Those souls that have been made holy by the blood of Jesus Christ the Lord will be with the Lord forever. If you trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, your soul will be with Him for eternity. Those souls that have not been made holy through Jesus Christ the Lord will be forever separated from Him.