“6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-8
The Word of God is the story of man’s Redemption Plan. From the fall of man in Genesis, to the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven, we see the Lord drawing ever closer to His Children.
The Sacrificial System for communion with God pointed to Jesus Christ. The blood of bulls and goats could not take away the sin of man but restored fellowship with God (Genesis 4). To Moses was given the plan for the Tabernacle where the Lord would “…commune with you from above the Mercy Seat…” (Exodus 25:22).
Then the Lord God out of Heaven chose the city of Jerusalem to build His Temple in which He would dwell (2 Chronicles 6:6). Around 1000 years after the building of the Temple came the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. The Person of Jesus, His Blood, was and is and will forever be, the only Sacrifice that can take away the sin of man. It is HIS Work which allows the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in the hearts and lives of the Believer.
“16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17
Bear with me while I say it again, the Word of God is the Story of our Redemption -Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe. The Lord is ever drawing nearer to His Children. Soon and very soon the Trump of God will sound and the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout. The dead in Christ shall rise and we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with then in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
There is no Redemption after death for the lost…none. Once the gates of hell close behind the lost there is no second chance. No where in the Word of God is purgatory taught, no matter the vain philosophies of the catholic religion. It is simply not true.
“For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” Corinthians 11:4
The Lord is ever drawing nearer to His Children. He stands at the door knocking. There is no time for vain philosophies and silly schemes. There is a lost and dying world that needs to hear the story of their redemption, Jesus Christ and Him crucified. There are Believers bound by sin who need to hear the power of their redemption, the preaching of the Cross.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
If one cannot forsake their religious idolatries, adornments and ceremonies and follow the living God through faith in the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ…you might as well bear with them.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthias 6:17
-Donna Clark Warren