Spiritual Reality Check
Eternal life is given by God as a FREE GIFT, only to those individuals who believe God, not just believe in Him! Eternal life is something that was lost to man at the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God placed angels at the entrance to Eden with flaming swords to prevent Adam and Eve from entering back into the Garden, finding the Tree of Life and reaching out and eating from the tree of life...thereby gaining ETERNAL LIFE again. This alone, was proof Adam nor any human from Adam, apart from being in Jesus Christ at a later economy in history, at the time of Paul, could gain eternal life. God did not allow
man to have eternal life after this on his own or by any works. God did not fix it so man in his sin could gain eternal life !
Jesus came to earth for a reason. That reason is found in John 5:40. Christ came that we "might" have something we didn't have in our fallen sinful state. That was eternal life. We could not barrow, work for it, or steal it. It was an act of faith apart from works, and it it was a free gift after the cross, at the time of Paul's conversion, on the road to Damascus. John 3:16 lays out the very clear two choices man has.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should should not .....
PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. John 5:40 shows that man did not have eternal life until Christ made it possible with His
FINISHED WORK AT THE CROSS AND HIS RESURRECTION. Those dead ones the Bible speaks about, those walking dead ones, yet in their sins, DO NOT POSSESS ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus came that we might have it, but man in his sin, did not, and does not have any type
of eternal life in in heaven OR HELL. A man is not in a CULT JUST BECAUSE HE BELIEVES JESUS CHRIST'S WORDS OF TRUTH
ON THIS! The simple, basic plain truth is that man has two choices to make and two choices ALONE. Man receives wages for either choice he chooses to make. Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is DEATH, but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE
through Jesus Christ our Lord. As the famous line in "Indiana Jones" said, "CHOOSE WISELY MY FRIEND ! "
The Walking Dead and the Dead in Their Graves
Those who in this age that we are living in, the AGE OF GRACE, are referred to in the Bible as dead. If they die and don't get saved, they go to the grave and await a resurrection at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment. They will rise up again to life after the 1000 years in the flesh once more, and still......WITHOUT ETERNAL LIFE ! Why? Because it was never
given to them by God as a FREE GIFT. They could have chosen to receive that FREE GIFT, but they did not do so. They could not gain ETERNAL LIFE any other way. Man is not born with ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus had to come down here from heaven and offer ETERNAL LIFE to us as a FREE GIFT. M-A-N D-O-E-S N-O-T H-A-V-E E-T-E-R-N-A-L L-I-F-E as a spiritually dead, carnal man. Man is a "SOUL" He was made a Soul when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and Adam became an air breathing fleshly being called a "soul" a "nephish" in the Hebrew tongue. Animals that breath air are also souls. They
simply are air breathing flesh, just like Adam was. Both are subject to D-E-A-T-H, and both do not have eternal life. They both go to the grave just the same.....SO SAYS GOD IN YOUR BIBLE.
The Rest of The Story About The Dead
The Bible says "the dead know not anything." That statement refers to not only the dead ones who are in their graves without Jesus Christ, AND WITHOUT HAVING RECEIVED ETERNAL LIFE FROM JESUS CHRIST, but it is also talking about those CARNAL ONES who have not been saved, AND JUST APPEAR TO BE ALIVE TODAY BUT ONLY REALLY ARE DEAD SPIRITUALLY. They KNOW NOT ANYTHING .....
about any SPIRITUAL TRUTH IN THE BIBLE, THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE....because it is impossible to have understanding of spiritual TRUTH in the Bible without TRUSTING IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST JESUS ON THE CROSS AND HIS RESURRECTION. The VERY MOMENT....you TRUST Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross and trust in his resurrection....Poof ! He places you in Christ Jesus and you become part of His Body thereby baptising you by His Holy Spirit in to Jesus Christ. Your FAITH becomes FAITH "OF"...KJV ONLY...NOT "IN" Jesus like all the other Fake versions of
the Bible say. Oh yes, many hundreds of words are changed and removed from the Bible in other versions, but that one word
"OF" changed to "IN" ......means a whole lot of your understanding would be Kaput....LOST, with that one little change or
OLE SWITHEROOOOE by the great deceiver himself, Satan, who has from the very beginning liked to twist the meaning of the TRUE WORD OF GOD to try and fool man. From the looks of things, I believe Satan is pretty good at it.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING THE DEAD.....those not In Christ, without HIS SPIRIT,
are intelligent FOOLS WITHOUT EVEN BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND TRUTH, even though they keep learning and learning but still without true understanding. They are BLIND AND THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND TO THEIR SECOND DEATH. A second death apart from ETERNAL Life. Truly the DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING.
And that my friend is "THE REST OF THE STORY."
Your Brother Mark