William James, the father of modern psychology said that the greatest discovery of our time is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes.
So what attitude do we need to alter most? Most likely it’s our attitude toward the Creator of the universe who seems like a vengeful tyrant that allows needless suffering and who, religionists say, will send us to hell–eternal torment for mistakes that we already made. Who wants to believe in a God like that?
That’s all a lie, and if we start life’s crossword puzzle with “God is love,” the blanks fill in much better. The Bible teaches that God loved mankind so much that, in spite of our going our own way and falling into many woes, God sent His Son (we are made in Their image or likeness and most of life’s lessons are applicable to destiny) to show us how to live well with a high destiny. This is the “gospel.”
Gospel means ‘good news,’ and there are lots of sincere people teaching what they believe is the gospel, but in most cases, it’s only part of the story that goes something like this:
Christ died for our sins and if we invite Him into our hearts, He will save us. That’s an important part of the picture, but it misses an important aspect…
There’s a changing aspect of the gospel. In Noah’s day, it meant being saved from destruction. In Moses’ time, it was deliverance from slavery. Christ offered eternal salvation. This changing aspect of truth (Christ is the Truth) makes the truth for our time easy to miss. Human nature clings to the familiar and tends to reject Christ in present truth.
For us, the gospel is better than any of the above because it’s all of them and more if we meet the conditions implied in His wedding parables that are misunderstood by many Christians who have been taught that Christ will suddenly take us to heaven. They fail to understand the wedding from the Old Testament Scriptures that Christ was teaching—
The greatest event in the Old Testament was God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt—He took them to covenant relationship by which they became His kingdom (Exodus 19:5,6) and Bride Jeremiah 3:14. There’s a parallel experience for us if we can believe it and understand it better.
The disciples asked when Christ would restore the kingdom and He said it wasn’t for them to know the times and seasons (Acts 1:6,7) but Paul said we ‘know them perfectly, for the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night when they shall say peace and safety* sudden destruction comes on them as travail** on a woman with child.’ 1Thess 5:1-3.
*The Iran Nuclear Treaty was ‘peace and safety’ and five other “when-then” signs from 2015 suggest “kingdom” events are impending as a world crisis is building that fits the Bible’s description.
**The apostle Paul included the Exodus when sudden destruction fell on Egypt travailing with God’s ‘firstborn’ Exod 4:22. He said, “All those things happened to them for our examples…ends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11.
God is going to afflict the U.S. for its godless culture of murdering infants (60 million abortions) as Egypt killed Israelite babies (not even a million) and the Supreme Court re-defining of biblical marriage contrary to what even dumb animals know.
Those who understand the Bible on this topic and are ready for what’s coming can be blessed with a higher destiny. Please give the conditions and clues that Christ specified your best consideration as explained here.
To the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.”
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