“The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all” (Proverbs 22:1-2).
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble” (Psalm 41:1).
“Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5).
Jesus says: “Woe unto you that are rich; for ye have received your consolation” (Luke 6:24).
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
“There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another” (1 Corinthians 15:40).
“The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:47–49).
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption” (1 Corinthians 15:50).
“Wherefore God saith: ‘Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light’” (Ephesians 5:14).
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:50-51, 53).
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, says: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5). “And I will give him the morning star” (Revelation 2:28).
“For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day” (Luke 17:24).
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18).
Jesus made it very clear when he was here on earth: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27).
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake” (John 14:10-11).
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
None or few of us who are healthy, thanks to God in the name of Jesus, and going about our daily lives think about “fighting for our lives.” Mostly, we are concerned about just being able to make a living in this world. Notwithstanding this fact, we should all be very concerned about “fighting for our lives”.
The question that may be asked is, “If we are healthy, why should we be concerned with ‘fighting for our life?’” The answer is simple; the Apostle Paul said: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
Paul also reminded us, said: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:12-16).
Every day we are alive we must endure, and remind ourselves to do as the Apostle Paul said: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12).
When a person is sick and the prognosis is questionable whether they will get better, those around that person pray and hope that they make a full recovery. The person lying on their sick bed is only thinking about staying alive; be it consciously or unconsciously, such a person is often said to be “fighting for their life.” All of us in this position would probably “fight for our lives.” The basic human instinct is to live.
Although we are alive today, this life will pass away one day. However, if we want to live, that is, live beyond the end of time: the Last Day, we should be, for lack of a better expression, “fighting for our life.”
There is only one way for us to live beyond the Last Day and this through Jesus Christ, the only Savior who declared, saying: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
To Love God is to love Jesus Christ is to live in hope and faith for Salvation: Eternal Life (Matthew 25:31-34) (John 3:16) (Revelation 2:11).
To love pleasures is to love the things of this world which will lead to the Second Death: Everlasting Punishment (Mathew 25:41-46) (Revelation 20:12–15).
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1–5).
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light” (Ephesians 6:9–13).
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8).
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you” (1 Thessalonians 5:1).
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call” (Joel 2:31-32).
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:6-8).
“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:35-37).
The word of God says: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion” (Leviticus 18:22–23).
Notwithstanding the loving kindness of God and the proof of the word of life, many to this day (as it was in early Rome during the time of the Apostle Paul) still believe that this is the only life, and it is to be lived as they please.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things” (Romans 1:26–30).
“But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things” (Romans 2:2).
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7–8).
It has been remarked: “All my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ”.
God indeed gave his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for the sins of the world (John 3:16-18) (1 John 1:5-7, 2:1-3).
Now, here is where there is a great misunderstanding and misrepresentation, and that is, no matter what sins are committed they are covered under the blood of Jesus Christ.
What then? Could we just go out and commit fornication or adultery; steal or kill; or so on? God forbid.
The Apostle Paul clearly explained said: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16).
The Holy Scriptures very clearly says: “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).
Let us bring into rememberance, when the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus to stone her to death because of adultery. Jesus stooped down and wrote with his finger on the ground and said to them, “‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). He stooped down again and wrote again, and one by one they left leaving Jesus and the woman. Jesus then asked her: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” (John 8:10).
“She said, ‘No man, Lord.’ ‘And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more’” (John 8:3-11).
Jesus gave the woman his gift of grace and let her go.
Now, for those among us who believe that they can continue to sin because they are under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, they are encouraged to pay attention to the words “…Go and sin no more.”
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
To reject Jesus Christ is to reject the only begotten Son of God is to reject God is to reject Eternal Life: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).