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Today’s 333 Devotional: “The Resurrection Difference: Our Future is Secure”
If I were to ask if people were sure they were going to heaven, the most common answer would be, “I hope so.” But forgive me, but isn’t this something we should want to be 100 percent sure about?
Most people base their answers upon wrong information, wrong motives, and misunderstandings perpetrated by science, religion, and our materialistic culture.
Some believe in Salvation by Sincerity: They say, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere.”
Others believe in Salvation through Good Works: They believe their good works will get them into God’s good graces and heaven. But the Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Then there is Salvation by Subtraction: They believe we’ll get to heaven by giving up stuff, like smoking, drinking, cussing, and other vices. But the Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)
Some take the route of Salvation by Ritual: They join churches, say certain prayers, and perform certain rituals. But as they say, sitting to church doesn’t make a person a Christian just like sitting in a chicken coop doesn’t make a person a chicken.
Then there is Salvation by Heritage: They say they are a Christian because their parents are Christians. But John the Baptist said, “Do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:9)
Finally, there are those who believe in Salvation by Comparison: They say, “At least I’m not like Jim or Judy.” But the Bible says, that’s not wise, but foolish, to compare ourselves to others (2 Corinthians 10:12).
However, salvation and eternal life only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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