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“There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness, but denying its power.”
II Timothy 3:1-5
Wealth and wisdom can seduce, divert and destroy the human soul, even a man like Solomon, born into privilege. This wise, rich ruler, sat on a throne of sold gold, lived in a palace, was blessed with the DNA of a father loaded with courage and charisma, and genes of Bathsheba, his beauty-queen mother.
“The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents, not including revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governments of the Land.” I Kings 10:14, 15
Despite being born to advantage and exposed to the truth about God, Solomon lost his way and squandered his birthright. “So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord, he did not follow the Lord completely as David his father had done.” I Kings 11:6
The sin virus has mutated human DNA, compromised our ability to love and display characters reflecting God’s image. Sin has launched mankind into a death spiral. The virus has infected our thoughts with false pride, selfishness and revenge.
Once infected, a form of external conduct surfaces, blemishing character. The sinner slave, bereft of love, becomes a taker rather than a giver. Without God, doors open to unspeakable traits that defy the will: dishonesty, hatred, bullying, theft, and murder. Evil’s pandemic inspires merchants of hate to unleash mass murder in the form of ruthless, equal opportunity killing machines that devastate the human family. No one is immune.
To demonstrate the essence of true love in human form, the Almighty God of the universe, our Creator, sent His “only begotten Son” to Planet Earth to show His justice and the power of unconditional love that heads the roster of positive emotions!
Jesus Christ, “the way, the truth, and the Life,” demonstrated love in living action. His ministry led to His excruciating death on the cross at the hands of power-driven, evil men. Mortals cannot begin to comprehend the agony God the Father must have felt witnessing the unimaginable cruel death of His innocent Son.
Jesus life demonstrates perfect love and absolute morality. His sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection conquered the death curse and offered a prescription that cures the sin virus. Life eternal is offered to every human who ever lived on Earth.
The Apostle Paul told of ”terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
The antidote to this toxic environment is built on faith in Jesus. A Holy Spirit empowered “new birth,” results in a full range of intuitive, life-enriching, love-based emotions featuring humility, forgiveness, compassion, honesty, kindness, and gentleness.
Paul assures that “against such things” as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…there is no law.” Galatians 5:22, 23 He says that walking in Christ’s footsteps, while inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, represents obedience to God’s commandments.
Man-made religious systems, with nuanced brands, may serve as launching pads pointing towards the truth about God. Still, form cannot substitute experiencing the substance of God’s love and grace. The true “church” consists of two individuals: our Creator and any single person, reaching out to take His hand. God’s hand is offered to every human who has ever lived on Planet Earth.
Christ described the intuitive lifestyle of a “born again” Christian in graphic detail. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I need clothing and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35, 36
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take you inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Matthew 25:34
All of Solomon’s gold cannot buy a ticket to that eternal kingdom of heaven. Human wisdom, collected from all eras and cultures, cannot grasp the rich beauty of the creation miracle or imagine the full dimension of God’s forever love for all mankind.
What we know for certain is that we are not alone; we are enveloped by the limitless power of God’s love; forgiveness of sin is assured when sought; and salvation is absolutely free, for you and for me. All we need do is accept salvation’s gift, believe the promises of God and follow Jesus. It’s never too late!
Heaven’s gates are open wide!
Heirs of salvation’s timeless gift are guaranteed a welcome to that “Everlasting Kingdom” with it’s promise of life eternal, awarded to all believers who “obey the commandments of God and remained faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12
Warren LeRoi Johns, JD, Editor
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