Salvation, a pathway to everlasting Joy
Salvation, a pathway to everlasting Joy John 1:12 “But as many as received him to them gave he tpower to become the sons of GOD, even to them that believe on his name.”(KJV) God can be effected only when we acknowledge what He has done for us and respond by surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ. Multitudes of people hold the false idea that Christ’s atoning death on the cross means the debt of human sin has been paid and automatically everyone is forgiven. Through, the cross God reaches out to penitent sinners, but it is only as they respond to him in a willing submission that they can experience the benefits of Christ’s atonement and perfect joy of the Lord. Forgiveness has to be received before it can take effect in our lives. The joy of the Lord, Heaven, as today’s text clearly implies, is open only to God’s children, and to become a child of God we have to open our heart to him in an act of penitence and faith. Key of the Joy to Heaven John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”(KJV) In order to be sure we go to heaven, when we die we must apply the work that Christ did on the cross by personally accepting Him as Saviour and Lord. For those who fail to do this and ignore Christ’s sacrifice the situation is as if the atonement had never taken place. Know this that, the Lord Jesus Christ, creator of the universe, will not step over the threshold of your heart unless invited. Without inviting Jesus into your Life – You’re denying yourself the everlasting joy of the Lord. Assurance of joy of the Lord for every unbreakable believer There is assurance of joy for an unbreakable believer - Who does not break with God. Paul Apostle tells us of ten things that cannot separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. He calls the roll of these ten things he identifies all the things that might break us here east of Eden: Roman 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV) In reality, Paul is saying, nothing can break you if you don’t break with God. We see these tens things as the ten horses of evil which attempt to ride us down and trample us with their feet. But because God is with us - No one, Nothing can be against us, instead of these ten horses of evil riding us down, we are able to grasp their bridles, swing into the saddle and ride them, making them go our way and not their way. As a believer, who doesn’t break with God – God assures you that he will cater for you and you experience the joy of the Lord here on earth and after death.