“The World Passeth Away”
by David J. Stewart
1st John 2:17, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Nothing will matter 100-years from now accept whether you died IN THE LORD (Revelation 14:13), or IN YOUR SINS (John 8:24). That's all that will really matter, whether you're in Heaven or Hell in eternity.
The Scriptures warn us that this temporal life is very short, as a vapor that only appears for a very short time. James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Jesus plainly taught in John 3:3, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Led Zeppelin's hit song Stairway to Heaven, contains the lyrics, “And she's buying the stairway to heaven.” May I say, it's not for sale friend. You can't buy your way into Heaven. You need Jesus' righteousness! Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. The only way into Heaven is through Christ's righteousness, which is by faith alone.
A lot of wonderful people will be burning in Hell one day, sorry to say, because they saw themselves as being good; however, if we all compare ourselves to the holy Word of God, then we all fall short of the glory of God and will see our desperate need for the Savior (Romans 3:10-23).
The question is, where will you spend eternity?
The Bible, God's Word, warns us in 1st John 2:17 that this world WILL PASS AWAY... "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Romans 1:20 declares that mankind is WITHOUT EXCUSE... "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."
We are all warned in 2nd Thessalonians 1:8, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." Those are frightening words!
I thank God I am a born again Christian, and my sins have been taken away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19). Nothing else matters if you die in your sins without Jesus Christ. Life is short, too short (Proverb 27:1). Before we know it, this life will be over, and others will follow after us... AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY!
No one ever goes to Hell but those who CHOOSE to go there. John 5:40, "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." Notice that Jesus didn't say CANNOT, He said WILL NOT. The choice is yours.
John 3:3 states, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
This world will soon pass away. All of the things which seem so important to most people today won't matter one bit 10,000 years from now! All that will matter then is whether you died in your sins (John 8:24), or in the Lord (Revelation 14:13).
Although there is good and bad in all people, we are all still sinners under the condemnation of God's Law (Romans 3:19-23), and deserving of Hellfire (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15). We all need God's salvation, which is obtained only through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Do you know for sure if you died today that you would go to Heaven? You can know for sure, by coming as a sinner and trusting Jesus to take your sins away (Colossians 1:14; 1st John 1:7; 1st Peter 1:18,19-King James Bible). We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR, it's that simple.
The Bible says that those who do not obey the Gospel go to Hell forever (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9). 1st John 2:15-17 tells us that this life will soon PASS AWAY, and all that will matter then is whether one obeyed the Gospel or not.
... AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY!
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