Sunday, August 25, 2013

Believe in the Lord

During my teens, the Bee Gees were my favorite singing group. Ever since two of its members died (twins Maurice and Robin Gibb in 2003 and 2012 respectively), I’ve often wondered if either of them made it into heaven. Recently while searching the Internet concerning that, I found a music video of a Bee Gees song I never heard before. From a 1970 album and film called “Cucumber Castle”, Maurice performed “The Lord” with his brother Barry. This may be the closest the Brothers Gibb ever came to writing and recording a gospel song. Here’s a portion of its lyrics…

What do you get for trying?
Minute you're born, you're dying
The body is six feet down
The Lord said the soul sticks around
Well, you can believe what you wanna
But I know what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna believe in the Lord

When I’m out street evangelizing, a frequent response people give when asked why they would go to heaven is, “I believe in God.” That’s a good start…certainly better than not believing there is a God. Still that alone won’t result in anyone passing through the Pearly Gates. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” The Amplified Bible renders the latter part of that verse as, “So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!”

The devil certainly believes in God. After all, that fallen angel was created by the Almighty and has even seen Him. Do you think Satan will spend eternity in heaven? Absolutely not! Matthew 25:41 says that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Unfortunately many people who died believing in the existence of God go there everyday. 

There is another step one must take to ensure he or she receives eternal life. Romans 10:9-10 says, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Have you done that yet?

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3

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