You Can Live Forever!
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My friend, have you ever wanted to live forever? The good news is that you can through salvation in Jesus Christ. With so many religions and ways of life today, this tract explains why receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior is the way to Eternal Life and the fulfillment of our destiny.
Creation and the Fall
When God created us, he did so in his image and likeness (Gen 1:26), which is Holy and Eternal. We were created to have intimacy with and dwell in communion with our Father God, the Creator. We were designed to live forever, predestined to live a holy life in Jesus before the foundation of the world was made (Eph 1:4-5). He did not create us to sin and die. Death was the result of Adam and Eve's sin (disobeying God in the Garden of Eden), just as God had warned.
The Tripartite Man
God created us as spirit, soul, and body. Our spirit is the part of us that was created to be in communion with our creator; our soul is the part of us which is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions; and our body is our physical component (1 Thess 5:23, Heb 4:12). God warned Adam in the Garden of Eden that when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die the same day (Gen 2:17). Though his soul and body kept on living for a while, his spirit is what died within him. Because we were all seeds in Adam’s loins, the entire future of mankind died spiritually and fell from God’s grace (Rom 5:12). This is why Jesus said that you must be born again (John 3:3-7).
It is sin that brings death (Rom 6:23). But though the entire human race died spiritually, God still had a plan for spiritual rebirth and salvation for mankind. He spoke through the prophets of old of a coming Redeemer who would save mankind from sin. Jesus fulfilled all of these Old Testament prophecies regarding the Savior to come, and spoke of a spiritual rebirth for all those who believe (Rom 5:12-21, Gen 3:15, John 3:7). The solution for our redemption was Jesus—who is both God and man—who lived without sin, fulfilled the law of Moses, and died in our place to fulfill God’s blood covenant with Abraham. When we believe in him as Savior, he dwells within us and regenerates our dead spirit. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Likewise, Titus 3:5 says that we are saved by regeneration (Rom 8:1-3, Matt 5:17).
The Blood Covenant
It was common practice in the Patriarchal days of Abraham that when tribal chiefs formed a pact with each other, they would seal it with a blood covenant. Leviticus 17:11 tells us that life of the flesh is in the blood and that it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. God established a blood covenant with Abraham with the promise that he would be the father of many nations, and also that the Savior of whom the prophets testified would come through his bloodline (Gen 15, Gal 3:16). The promise of Abraham extended down through Isaac and Jacob (Gen 24-35).
The Law of the covenant was established by God through Moses for the Israelites and proselytes (Exo 20-24). The problem on our end is that we could not keep the law of the covenant. There were 613 facets to the Old Testament Law and if we broke one part of the law, which is to sin, in God's sight we have broken the whole law (James 2:10). The law of Moses could never bring salvation—even if someone perfectly kept it. So, Jesus came and fulfilled the law by living a sinless life and then died in our place to fulfill the blood covenant (2 Cor 5:14-21, Heb 9:15-28). This is also why John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Three days later, he came back to life and promised resurrection from the dead to all that receive him (John 3:16, Mark 16:16). When we receive Jesus Christ, he sets up his own law in our life called the law of the Spirit of life in Christ, which sets us free from sin and death (Rom 8:1-3).
The Tabernacle and Temple
The Old Testament Tabernacle, which later gave way to the Jewish Temple, had three parts: the outer court, the inner court, and the holy of holies. Proselytes could worship in the outer court, the Jews could worship in the inner court, but only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the day of atonement. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple dividing the inner court from the Holy of Holies was ripped in two. When we believe in Jesus, we now have access to the holy of Holies. This is symbolic of God dwelling in our hearts. We become the temple that God personally dwells in, and he changes us from within (Eph 3:17-19). As we grow in the Lord and renew our minds through God’s word, a transformation takes place (Rom 12:2) and our nature produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23, Acts 2:38).
God is not willing that anyone perish. He is our loving Father, desiring that everyone come home to be with him (2 Pet 3:9, Luke 15:11-32). In the parable of the Prodigal son, Jesus teaches his listeners that like the father running to meet his lost son, so the Lord celebrates every child that returns home to him (Luke 15:22-24). Heaven is our intended destiny, but unfortunately many do not make it there (Matt 7:13-14). Rev 20:15 says that anyone not written in the book of life is thrown into the lake of fire. My hope in writing this tract is to reach as many as possible with the Good News of the saving love of Jesus Christ.
A Prayer for Salvation
If you would like to receive the grace of Jesus and make your home with him in heaven one day, call out to God. It might sound something like this:
“Heavenly Father, I confess to you that I have sinned against you, and I want to turn from my sins and ask you to forgive me. I believe that your son Jesus Christ died for my sins, and I receive him as my Lord and Savior. Lord Jesus, come into my heart and regenerate me so I can serve you all my days. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Congratulations to everyone that has read this and decided to give their life to Jesus or to renew their faith and receive Eternal Life. Here are some next steps to fortify and secure your life in Christ.
1. Pray Regularly: Prayer is a great way to develop our relationship with God. God dispatches Angels according to our prayer as illustrated in Daniel 10. And James 5:16 says that the exceptional fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. God hears our prayers and is also our helper (Psalm 121:2, 46:1).
2. Go to a Bible-believing Church: Being under a pastor will help provide direction and mentorship and help you to grow as a believer. Also, having community with other believers fortifies and strengthens us as believers. You can also find opportunities to serve God in your local church.
3. Read your Bible: Jesus said in John 6:63 that his words are Spirit and life. James 1:21 says to receive the engrafted word which can save our souls. God’s word is Spirit which must be sown into our spirit like seed; as we believe it, it transforms us (Rom 12:2).
4. Repent: Jesus Christ paid for all of our sins—past, present, and future. Jesus said, “repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). In Matthew 7:23, Jesus said that not everyone who calls him Lord will enter Heaven, but only those who do the will of the Father. He will say to those who work iniquity to depart from him. However, 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repentance is a lifestyle. Turn your mind and heart against your sin nature as you walk with Jesus.
5. Be baptized: Baptism is the outward declaration of an inward transformation. As you go under the water, it represents dying to your old self. As you rise again, you are reminded of the newness of life you have received through Jesus (Rom 6:4).
6. Take communion regularly: Jesus said to take communion in remembrance of him. Jesus said that the bread and the wine are his body and blood given for us which establish the new covenant of better promises in Christ (Heb 8:6, 1 Cor 11:23-26). As often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
7. Serve God: Jesus said that we will receive power after we receive the Holy Spirit and that we will be his witnesses (Acts 1:8). By serving God, we help others find their way back to God and receive Eternal life.