Eternal Life Or Wrath

Romans 2:1-16

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Therefore, any one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.

2 We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.

3 Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment?

4 Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

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5 But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.

6 He will repay each one according to his works:

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7 eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality;

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8 but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness;

9 affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek;

10 but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

11 There is no favoritism with God.

12 All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

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13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.

14 So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law.

15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts will either accuse or excuse them

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16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.

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Revelation 22:12 “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

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2 If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I have all faith
so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

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3 And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor,
and if I give my body in order to boast 
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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4 Love is patient, love is kind.  Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,

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5 does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.

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6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth.

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7 It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies,
they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put aside childish things.

12 For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face. Now I know in part,
but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

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13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.


“12 Tenors – You Raise Me Up”

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20 thoughts on “Eternal Life Or Wrath

  1. I prefer eternal life with Christ! Let the wrath stay in the fiery basement level that the Lord created for the devil and his angels.

    It says in the bible that everything in the world is a witness about the Lords existence.

    How about earthquakes? They form in the crust of the earth and affect living people in that region. So the wrath comes partly from below, maybe symbolic and a hint+witness where to keep your heart+eyes! On heaven and Christ!

    Let the lower parts rumble and us who know Christ look up and wait for his call.

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  2. Here’s a poem that correlates with this post.
    It was written by my husband when he was about 18 years old:

    THE SALVATION DECISION

    If you should die this very night
    And come before the Lord
    To read the book of life you wrote
    And claim your just reward,

    Would you be afraid, my friend,
    To hear that judgement read,
    And know for all eternity
    Your soul would then be wed?

    He’d ask about the little things
    You thought nobody knew.
    What would you answer Him, my friend,
    Now tell me what you’d do.

    He would not ask about your car
    Or the candidates you favor,
    For these things won’t mean very much;
    But did you love your neighbor?

    The time you helped that blind man
    To cross that busy street
    Will ring high on the scales of life
    When your God you come to meet.

    So why not let us start today
    To lead a better life.
    There’s so much worry in the world,
    There’s so much pain and strife.

    And though we’re just pretending
    This day is the last on earth you trod,
    It very well could be tonight
    That you’ll keep your date with God.

    by James E. Dougherty

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  3. Some scripture for today — 12/24/16 — We need to be certain before we communicate that we are not telling people its o.k. to break the commands of the Lord. Again, the Lord does not tell us to Sin to accomplish his work!

    We also need to be certain that when we declare something is from the Lord, that it truly is! We could possibly be found guilty of blasphemy by telling others “I am being lead, the Spirit Said, The Lord Said, The Holy Ghost Said” — when those words spoken involve Sin!

    If we are in a position of teaching, preaching (some form of ministry) — make sure that we don’t twist scripture to make someone feel good! God Never Changes and his word is Holy. We don’t bypass certain scripture because it makes us uncomfortable.

    Matthew 5:17-20

    Christ Fulfills the Law
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    17 “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
    18 For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.
    19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
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    Matthew 6:19-34

    God and Possessions
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    19 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
    20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.
    21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
    23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!
    24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.

    The Cure for Anxiety
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    25 “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
    26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
    27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?
    28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.
    29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
    30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?
    31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
    32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
    33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
    34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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      1. Well Finland is as i have called it a worker ANT hive and as a people we dont know how to celebrate holidays in any meaningful ways. Finnish people are Very sullen and closed but on christmas they go to their families but its quite awkvard because of social ineptitude in general.

        There are exceptions but few and far between. Finland is molded by its culture and the words of the roman historian Tacitus will shine the light of understanding to you. In the far north past the germanic tribes lives a people WHO are rarely seen and few have met.

        IT goes on but that is Finland, you got to work to know one and once you do he will never let you down. But finding him and coaxing him out is the hard part.

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  4. Luke 2:1-20
    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

    6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

    7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

    8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

    9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

    10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

    11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

    12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

    13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

    14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

    15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

    16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

    17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

    18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

    19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

    20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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  5. I woke up early this morning with a peace in knowing that all of my concerns are in the hands of the Lord. Prayer is the best thing to do when people bring forth problems that you can’t fix. Each person has to have conviction in their hearts to do the right thing. Without that conviction, we would all stray off the narrow path and head quickly into destruction.

    Some people out there are going through depression during this man-made Holiday, so prayers that they may find peace in knowing who their Lord and Savior is.

    Like myself, some people may be asked to be silent so we don’t interfere with the Lords will. That silence does not mean to stop praying for them, loving them or forgiving them. We may shake our heads, get annoyed and wonder “what are you thinking” when they do something — Leave it all in the Lord’s hands. Other people or events can be placed in their path to help guide them during this time.

    “God Will Take Care Of You”

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  6. J.C.,
    I just listened to your posted “You Raise Me Up” by the 12 Tenors.
    Gee, I’ve heard of “The Three Tenors,” but 12—- WOW!
    I thought it was a very nice and well-done song musically……inspirational!

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    1. Peggy,
      I found the 12 Tenors doing a Youtube search sometime ago on “You Raise Me Up”. They have excellent voices. There are various shows in our nearby tourist city of Branson,MO with Tenor groups. I’ve not seen any of them, but might be worth checking out sometime. I tend to stay around our little quiet town here in Branson West, MO most of the time. It will just be myself and Cody (large dog) here after 12/28/16. Working on daily friendships with neighbor, in hopes that this will spread. The good part of being in a tiny town is that everyone knows each other — that too is also a bad thing when it comes to their Gossip. It’s all good, as I just keep treating everyone with kindness according to the Will of the Lord.

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