To be set free from the bonds of the flesh, to rid ourselves of our mortal blanket, to cast off the shackles of physical need and want and hunger is an urge which lives within us all. All of creation is indeed groaning and those who are believers long to enter the gates with thanksgiving in their hearts and walk the halls of paradise
Salvation is by faith alone. It does not take very much faith to believe that Joshua died on the cross and rose again. It is a historical event documented by the witness of many believers. The background history of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is sufficient proof that the events of the crucifixion and resurrection did indeed occur. Faith in an invisible creator is the basis for our salvation.
The opposite of eternal life is death.
There are basically three kinds of death.
- Physical death when the body has ceased to function, the heart stops and the brainwave activity is nil.
- Intellectual death when the body is still functioning but the brain is inactive due to coma or brain injury or mental retardation.
- Spiritual death when the spirit of God has given up on the mortal soul who has consistently without equivocation resisted all leading of the spirit to compel him to salvation and eternity. Those who refuse the paths of salvation will not inherit eternity.
Therefore, the reality of survival to the next life is based on the freewill choice of the individual. If someone does not want salvation, no amount of persuasion, display of miracles, clever preaching or impassioned pleadings and prayers will move them. God is a gentleman. He does not coerce us by force or stoop to any underhanded tactics to get us in his house.
Like a visitor, he waits politely outside and knocks with the hope that we will open and invite him in to our little home. Then he will come in and have dinner with us, a quaint yet comforting thought.
The home is your mind. Allowing God access to our thoughts and feelings, our hopes and dreams and aspirations is something God will only enter into with us if we are willing. Though the truth is that God knows all anyway, he allows us the privacy and freedom to offer ourselves in accordance with our own level of surrender. If we desire to share our inner life with God, then are we not saying we want to do his will?
The intimacy that is the relationship of the Father and Son is quite remarkable. Not even our closest friends and family can ever come close to understanding or knowing us on the inside which is for the most part invisible to the world. When we share all of ourselves with God we are essentially saying, I want to do your will Father.
God is not threatened, angered or surprised at anything we think or feel. We can approach God with impunity. Though he will not hear any prayer which is not part of his will, he is willing to listen to all our thoughts, the good, the bad and the ugly.
He is truly the best friend anyone could have because he cares for us with divine love. Knowing God is the door to salvation. Knowing that he is your Father that you are his Son or Daughter is the key to that door.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.