SELF OR GOD? –Part 3

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy..” 2 Timothy 3:1-2.

Results of Loving Self:

Eternity not spent with God

Everyone living under the rulership of the love of self will not have the privilege of spending eternity with God. To spend eternity with God, it is mandatory that we do the will of God on earth. “…the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." 1 John 2:17

No man being ruled by the love of self can do the will of God. Why? Loving self is doing the will of self, and loving God is doing the will of God. A man cannot have the love of self and the love of God in his heart at the same time, because it is impossible to love self and love God simultaneously; one must be hated and the other loved; one must be in control and the other controlled; one must be in charge and the other receiving instructions; one must rule and the other be ruled; and one must submit to the authority, supremacy and leadership of the other. It is either the love of God is ruling over the love of self in a man’s heart, or the love of self is ruling over the love of God in a man’s heart.

When the love of God is ruling in a man’s heart, he will love the will of God, submit to the will of God and joyfully do the will of God faithfully. But when the love of self is ruling in a man’s heart, he cannot submit to God’s will, neither will he do the will of God, because the will of God would be “nonsense” to him. And this is why those ruled by the love of self cannot spend eternity with God, for it takes only doing the will of God after being born again to spend eternity with God and reign with Christ in the coming new heaven and new earth- Revelation 21.

It is not just those who have confessed Jesus as Lord, nor those who are Christians, neither is it those who go to church, attend house fellowship, and frequent Christian programmes that will enter Heaven. Matthew 7:21 clearly says that it is only those who do the will of God that will enter Heaven - “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”

1 John 2:17 corroborates the truth revealed in the scripture above by saying that only those who do the will of God will live forever. Jesus lived on earth to do God's will as John 4:34 vividly states, and Jesus said in Mark 3:35 "Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
The will of God is the Word of God. The Word of God is the law, instructions, precepts, statutes, commandments and teachings of the Holy Bible. We are therefore required by God to fully obey, diligently and faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible if we really want to live forever with Him.

God bless you.


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