In Him and Not in Hell

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:9 KJV).

Before we can have a right standing before God, we must realize our wrong standing before God.

A dear lady I shared the Gospel with not many weeks ago told me, “I think I will go to heaven. Now if I commit some horrible sin just before I die, then I will go to purgatory.” Like so many, she needed to realize that the ultimate sin is to believe we can live a perfect life to make God so happy with us that He will have no choice but to let us into heaven, that we can supplement and/or substitute Jesus Christ’s life and righteousness with our own, that we call God a liar by saying our sin nature can still offer so much as one work that is pleasing in His sight, that Jesus Christ failed to do what we must do.

When I asked this lady on the basis of what five minutes her life would be totally acceptable to God, what five minutes of her living were 100 percent perfect and made her worthy of heaven, she confessed she had no such five minutes; that is when she realized that that failure is sin, that her lack of assurance was a sign she was headed to anywhere but heaven!

I began to share with her the wonderful news of God’s righteousness in Jesus Christ received by simple faith in Him alone (today’s Scripture). God is offering us a place in heaven as a free gift and we cannot work for a gift (otherwise it becomes a debt). If we so much as believe we can work enough to add to Jesus’s perfect sacrifice, then we are telling God we want to pay for our own sins; the place where God’s wrath against our sin is appeased, is the lake of fire, and it burns forever because God’s wrath against our sin can and will never be appeased apart from Jesus Christ’s suffering at Calvary. Let us be found in Him, and not found in hell!

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2 thoughts on “In Him and Not in Hell”

  1. Shawn,

    We recently lost a beloved pet to a car accident. Our little one year old cat was killed instantly.

    My children are devastated, and they want to know if our pets will be with us in heaven. I told them that the Bible doesn’t specifically say that they will, or won’t. I told them that little Frankie was created by God for His pleasure, and that the life force that lived in Frankie has gone back to God. God can do anything he wants, so I suppose that it is possible that our pets will be with us in heaven, but I couldn’t tell them for sure.

    What do you think?



    1. Keith, glad to hear from you.

      I’m sorry to hear of the loss; losing pets are very difficult. It wasn’t too long ago that my little niece and little nephew (both under 10) lost their two pet dogs (one to running off, the other dying of a broken heart), and they had asked me the same thing about where pets go when they die. You’re right in saying that the Bible doesn’t specifically say; that’s probably the best answer.

      Depending on their age, it’s sometimes hard to explain troubling times to children. Here’s some verses and thoughts you can share with them to comfort. Perhaps remind them that whenever they think of Frankie, they should thank God that He gave Frankie to them for the time they had him. That’s what brings God’s peace to our hearts in difficult times. We talk to Him in light of His Word (in this case, prayer, telling Him that we are thankful for His provisions; “[God] who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” 1 Tim. 6:17), and Philippians 4:7 says that God’s peace will “keep [guard/protect] our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

      Praying for you all.

      in Christ, Shawn

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