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9/27/2009 ~ Value of the Everlasting Soul


... do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear
Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. ... ~ Matthew 10:27-33


Many have been martyred for Christ.
Each person has an everlasting soul.


... "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; ..." ~ Genesis 1:26

We have an eternal parallel with God.

"God is Spirit, ..." ~ John 4:24

With our spirit we make choices.
  To eternal darkness <─┘                                └─> To eternal light      
Our hope is eternal life.


... And the spirit will return to God who gave it. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7

For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also. ~ James 2:26


It is not so much regarding self as about what God wills us to be.

"... because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?
For when they rise from the dead, they ... are like angels in heaven. ..."
~ Mark 12:19-27


We will be on individual life terms with God.

"... Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
~ Revelation 2:10


1. His Image
2. Realize Spiritual Value over physical


... you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even
a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. ~ James 4:14


It is not about tomorrow, it is about fellowship now.

... Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:2


The soul is more valuable than the physical body.
~ It is a way one walks.


... rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy
the passing pleasures of sin, ... ~ Hebrews 11:23-27


Moses Knew the truth:
Comforts of Egypt
Pleasures of Sin
Soul Salvation
In the Light

... of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
~ Proverbs 1:16-19


Evil does not like to be restrained.

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
~ 1st Corinthians 15:33


Battles of the flesh are hard and can be grippingly difficult.

       ┌─> Lures of deceptive pleasures.
... Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul. ... ~ Proverbs 6:27-35


Warnings have been given of our approaching death and the cost.

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
and loses his own soul? ..." ~ Matthew 16:26


   SOUL > THE WHOLE WORLD   


What is it you hold as valuable?
One must give all unto God.
We are merely custodians.


IDOLS:
Cars
Homes
Cell Phones
Celebrities (People)

All should come second to Christ.
We need to place conscious value on our souls
above the passing material.


"... he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. ..."
~ Matthew 10:34-39


     GOD's Calling:                      Mans Misgivings:
  GOD
↗        ↑
YOU         ALL ELSE
                (Which is God's)

  GOD
↗        
     Something OR Somebody
    ↗
YOU

"... Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
in which the Son of Man is coming." ~ Matthew 25:1-13


KINGDOM OF HEAVEN LIKENED TO TEN VIRGINS:
5 Wise Lamps with oil Ready Door Opened
5 Foolish Lamps without oil Unprepared Door Closed

We are responsible for ourselves.
~ It is difficult to be ready.


ETERNAL
SOUL
> ANY RELATIONSHIP
WITH OTHERS

... "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." ~ Hebrews 10:8-10

Christ showed us God desires us in service to Him.

                                       ┌─> No one will have an excuse.
"... All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them
one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. ..."
~ Matthew 25:31-40


... judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done
in the body, according to what he has done, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10


... And the dead were judged according to their works, ... ~ Revelation 20:12-15

... God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": ... ~ Romans 2:4-10

Each ones works and deeds will inherit the according reward.
                                                                

WHO BY PATIENT CONTINUANCE
IN DOING GOOD SEEK FOR GLORY,
HONOR, AND IMMORTALITY;
ETERNAL
LIFE
WHO ARE SELF-SEEKING AND DO
NOT OBEY THE TRUTH, BUT OBEY
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS-INDIGNATION
AND WRATH,
TRIBULATION
AND ANGUISH

Not that we are justified by our works
~ but we are required to do good works.


... we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10


The Old Testament is clear that God will not find favor
with those that do not assist Him or remain indifferent.

... 'Curse its inhabitants bitterly,
Because they did not come to the help of the LORD, ... ~ Judges 5:23


Remaining indifferent will seal ones fate.

"... 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire
prepared for the devil and his angels: ..." ~ Matthew 25:41-45


ETERNAL LIFE OR EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT


"... into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
~ Matthew 25:46


Where will we hold permanence?

WE NEED TO MAKE A CHOICE NOW
↑ ETERNITY STANDS BEFORE US ALL ↑




 

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