Commentary By: Gordon King
When we are saved we are baptized by the Holy Spirit, filled with God, given eternal life, not in the future but now!
As believers in Jesus Christ we have been given eternal life, we have eternal life now, not given to us tomorrow, not next year, not after we die, but now! How many of us really understand this?!
Eternal life is life with God, eternal destruction is life forever without God, it is separation from God, living without God, and that my friends is Hell, a real place, an eternal place without God after we die!
But we have not been destined for Hell, nor have we been destined for God’s wrath.
It is God’s will for everyone to come to repentance and salvation in His Son Jesus Christ, and it is His will for everyone to come into a personal relationship with Him. That’s what it’s all about, not life on earth, not what we will do when we grow up, not how much we can acquire before we die, but about a relationship with God!
Of course God did intend for us to live an abundant life here on earth, to live in His will, and we can if we follow Him, His ways, His will. We can have life now and have it more abundantly! If we follow Him and His ways, that’s what the bible is all about, a guide-book for living now and in eternity. It is written so that we would not sin, so that we would know what sin is, because the penalty for sin is death, sin brings with it death and destruction! The bible is written not to imprison us, but to guide us into a happy and healthy life, to lead us away from destruction.
God warns us of sin because He knows what it brings with it, He knows the end results! He knows that Satan will try to deceive us into believing that sin is good, that God is a liar, and that we should just do what feels good at the moment. He knows that Satan will attempt to bring us down with him, that he will try to distance us from God, even keep us from Him!
Satan hates what God has created, especially humans, made in the image of God! He will do everything in his power to undermine God and the things of God. But we must always remember who God is and who Satan is. God is God, He is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent, He has no beginning and no end, He created everything and holds all things together, He is love, He is perfect in all of His ways! Satan on the other hand is a created being of God, God created Satan just as He created you and me. The created is not as powerful as the Creator, in fact not even close! Yet Satan seeks to place his throne above God’s throne, an impossible feat!
We should never fear that Satan has even the slightest possibility of defeating God, it could never happen! In fact, Satan could never do any harm to God, not even a ding! Satan has his power only by the will of God, he cannot do anything that God does not allow him to do.
Satan can harm us if we allow him to, if we allow him to control our lives, but he can never harm our souls as long as we are saved! He may be able to cause us grief and heartache, but only if allowed by God, he may be able to take away our possessions, but only if allowed by God!
Sin is taking a step in the direction of Satan, it is walking in the opposite direction of God. As believers in Jesus Christ we should also be followers of Jesus Christ! It’s one thing to be saved, it’s another to follow Christ. If we place our faith and trust in Christ, then we should pick up our cross and follow Him! Do all of us do that? Not always. And these are the times that we must repent and ask the Lord to forgive us, not to save us again, but in order to maintain our relationship with God! After-all, isn’t that what it’s all about?!
Do not live a life of destruction, but a life that God wants us to have, eternal life!
When we walk with God, then we will be in God’s favor, and when we are pleasing to God, then God will bless us! God makes many promises to us, and He never breaks a promise! Listen to the Lord, follow His will, and you will live a life more abundantly, you will be blessed, and you will live as God intended for you to live, in a close relationship with Him!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!