There is a great majority of people today who think they have JUST enough religion to get them into Heaven! It’s the old argument “all paths lead to God” No matter what you believe or who or what you worship, we will all be in Heaven one day! That’s the culture around us today! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the wickedness that happened this past Sunday at the Grammy’s? Well, a group of well know celebrates got up to do a mass wedding celebration with 30 couples, most of which were same sex. A well know [I guess] hip-hop artist Macklemore performed his song “Same Love” as Queen Latifah presided over a “wedding” ceremony for these thirty couples. Sadly, the whole point of the entire event was to show that there is no moral distinction between same-sex marriage and traditional marriage. It’s all just the “same love.” Why? Because a part of the song says this “Whatever God you believe in, We come from the same one”
There is some truth to that statement in the last part! We do come from the “same God”! We are all according to the scripture created in the image of God despite our sin! Sadly though the world says it doesn’t matter what you believe we will all arrive and be together. The dangers of this type of thinking or so-called logic is that it goes against EVERYTHING the Bible says and teaches against. See, this ideology in our culture is EXTREMELY dangerous, because they believe you can get to Heaven your way, on your terms and there are many different ways but we will all end up in Heaven differently. The argument is that the MODE doesn’t determine the end result to arriving in Heaven! For example this way of thinking says……..
- You may decide to walk; a person may drive.
- You may want to swim; a person may take a boat.
- You may take a train; a person might take a plane.
- You may believe in Jesus; a person may believe in other gods.
David Platt in his book “Radical” used a metaphor to help explain this world philosophy! He said “God is sitting on a mountain and all the world’s religions are climbing that mount trying to get to God.” Think about it for a moment, because we really need to stop and think about the expression “all paths lead to God” What is wrong with that picture? Who initiates the relationship according to that picture? Who initiates the relationship according to the Gospel? What is the danger of believing that salvation is a matter of climbing some religious mountain of dos and don’ts to get to God? See the world’s attitude is that their ok with this! Why? We all arrive to Heaven differently, but we will still arrive no matter what! NOW, there is truth to that statement! The bible says “or it is written: "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD." Romans 14:11
In Revelation we read “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev 20:11-15. I want to warn you that this is dangerous for the soul and sadly many follow this idea of thinking. This is why Jesus said "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt 7:13-14
We come to a passage of scripture that brings all forms of transportation and ideology to a halt to one simple truth that many today still ignore because of their disbelief! Jesus said this statement! “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." John 8:24. This is WOW moment! Read this verse again. “…….you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." What is Jesus saying? Those who reject Jesus cannot be saved, but they will die in their sins. One writer put it this way “the sins of these men will destroy them by robbing them of life eternal only if they refuse to believe in Jesus.” John Gill said “They that die in faith, die in Christ: they that die in unbelief, die in sin; and this is a dreadful dying.” The Jewish leaders sought Heaven all their lives, but in the wrong place. Instead of seeking it at the feet of Jesus, they sought for it in their own self-righteousness, just as many people do today. The reality of this passage is that there is only TWO PLACES TO SPEND ETERNITY! Heaven or Hell! As we look at the warning Jesus is giving this men about their ignorance of disbelief; there is also something else we see in this passage of warning. We see two promises to the “genuine believer” found in what Jesus says to these ignorant men!
“I am not of this world.” (v23) Here is the first promise! See the promise is this! What is true of Jesus is also true of us “positionally”. Let me explain; Jesus doesn’t belong to this world; the same is true of the Christian when they are born again through the gospel. Paul penned these words to affirm this promise “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Phil 3:20-21. All our affections and aspirations are pointed Heavenward, not here on earth. The unsaved belong to this world and Heaven is not their home! The bible even calls the unsaved “children of the world” Luke 16:8, and Jesus is warning these men that they will die in their sins!
Here is the second promise! “you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He” (v24) The Christian doesn’t die in their sins….they die “in the Lord” because we live “in the Lord”. Rev 14:13 says “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'….." See to believe that Jesus is who claimed to be is everything when it comes to the gospel! See, to be a Christian one must [you must] believe. The complete and full biblical revelation about Jesus......
- Jesus is the eternal SECOND PERSON of the Trinity.
- He entered space and time as God incarnate [in human form].
- He was born of a virgin.
- He lived a perfect sinless life when He walked among the earth.
- His death on the cross is the ONLY sufficient, substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
- He rose from the dead on the 3rd day and ascended to the Father in Heaven.
- He now and continues to intercede on our behalf, his sanctified children who are set apart from this world.
- He will one day return in all His glory as His rules and judges this world according to His sovereign will.
To reject this truth is to bring future judgement upon your eternal soul. Again as Jesus said “you will die in your sins” and you will be lost forever facing the wrath of God [the very wrath that Christ endured for your sin] for all eternity. Sadly though, the unregenerate WILL die in his or her sins because they are of this world and they live for this world system. The ignorance of man only leads to disbelief and lack of care or concern for their own lives. Look what they said to Jesus “Who are you?” (v25). What ignorance, the same ignorance we see today when the name Jesus is mentioned. Sadly if they only listened and observed the works that Jesus did, they would know who He is, but this goes along with what Jesus said previously! "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also." (v19) But as scripture says “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor 1:18
Do you hear the warning call from Jesus…………….Not only to these men, but maybe to you this morning? See, Hell, is where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for all eternity; and Heaven, is where you shine as the sun because Jesus is the Light of life. This is a clear warning! This is a fearful warning to the ignorant man or woman. Reason being the bible declares some will seek Him when it’s too late! Prov 1:28-29 says "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD,” They wasted their God given opportunity by arguing with Him instead of trusting Him, and embracing Him not only as a man, as Saviour, but as Lord. In the end it would cost them their eternal souls to be punished in hell for all eternity. Just as Jesus said “And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matt 7:23
You can't always preach the positives; sometimes you have to preach the negatives, because the negatives are needed to bring some to Christ. Please don’t waste your God given opportunity by fighting this truth found in the message that can save your soul. Instead trust in Him, embrace Him not only as some man who seemed crazy to the religious ignorant, but as a loving Saviour who cares for your soul. Remember the hymn song “Heaven came down and glory filled my soul”
“Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!”
Remember those promises that we are not of this world and that Christ died for my sins so that i wouldn't have to face the wrath of the Father! All because you believed in the Only begotten SON........JESUS CHRIST our Lord. SO, HEAR THE WARNING from Jesus this morning and embrace the truth found in the ONLY Son of God who came to die a sinner’s death so that we can live and have our sins forgiven. Passages like this will either make you humble for the grace that He gave each and every one of us for our sin; or it will make you angry and more resentful towards the God of the bible. The foundational truth in this passage is that there is a REAL HELL and that there is a REAL HEAVEN. What you believe will determine the statement Jesus made to these men and to millions of people today! Embrace the gospel before its to late, start believing! J.C Ryle said it best “let us never forget that unbelief is a special sin that ruins men’s souls. Had the Jews believed on our Lord, all manner of sin and blasphemy might have been forgiven them. But unbelief bars the doors of mercy’s face, and cuts off hope. Let us watch and pray hard against it. Immorality slays thousands, but unbelief its tens of thousands. One of the strongest sayings ever used by our Lord was this, ‘He that believeth not shall be damned.’” As the Apostle Paul penned these words in 2 Thess 1:8 clearly says “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Embrace the promises found in the gospel and live otherwise the only other option is death!