A Picture of Paradise

Luke 23:43 promises we will spend eternity, forever with Jesus. The Scripture reads in part, “today you will be with me in paradise”. There are several key things in this verse that make me very happy to be a Christ follower.

First is the word ” today “. This word has sparked controversy for many years across many denominations. Personally it confirms to me that the people who believe in purgatory have got it wrong. Jesus would not have said ” today ” if He didn’t mean it. So I believe that if I die today, I will be with Jesus today because He says so.

Next is the word “you”. Throughout the bible there are several references to specific people. In Leviticus, God sent word through Moses to the Israelites about how He expected them to behave. Here though, He uses the word ” you”. So, in the absence of a specific people here, this tells me He means everyone.

Next is “with me”. This confirms that we will be with Jesus in eternity. If not, He would have worded this another way.

Last but not least are the words ” in paradise “. Wahoo!!! This is so cool. I can scarcely begin to imagine what paradise will be like. I can see it being the Garden of Eden, the way God intended it to be. A place where there is no darkness, no pain, no tears, no fear (Rev. 21).

I hope you are as excited about this verse as I am. Stay safe and God bless.

Who is your forbidden fruit?

Fruit is a major theme throughout the bible. Sin started because of a fruit that was forbidden. But fruit is also proof that the Spirit is active in your life. Forbidden fruit is defined as something that is desired more because it is not allowed.

Most people understand the “things” that are not allowed. But what about a person instead of a “thing”? A person who personifies sin can also be considered a forbidden fruit. Someone who doesn’t believe in God or doesn’t live a life pleasing to God can also be forbidden fruit. Remember, the forbidden fruit always leads to sin. It doesn’t have to be a ” thing “. It can certainly be a person or a group of people, even a lifestyle.

Now it’s your turn to identify the fruit in your lives. Is there something or someone in your way of becoming closer to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Are you desiring something or someone more than God?

Stay safe and God bless.

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