My brother Jack, four years before his death in 1978.
(In order for this article to make sense, read Part One first.)
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you (John 14:17).”
Last time we discussed Satan’s hunting schemes and how he’s fooled millions into thinking they’re good enough to get into Heaven (1 Peter 5:8). And we asked the ultimate diagnostic question, “Where is the Holy Spirit right now?” Your response will determine your eternity.
If your answer wasn’t “He’s inside of my body,” then stop kidding yourself about Heaven. You are not a Christian. Like the 329,000 deer killed last year by Michigan hunters, you’ve been tricked too.
A true believer knows that the Holy Spirit is literally in them…because at some point they surrendered to Jesus Christ in genuine remorse and asked the Holy Spirit to come inside and take over. Simple. God made authentic saving faith easy to grasp. Consider Paul’s take in Ephesians 2:8-9,
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Being good, doing good deeds, or adhering to religious rituals is all based on you and your work. That’s religion, man’s effort to get to God. Christianity is God’s effort to get to you, dying in your place, to bring you back to God…. and nothing else. It’s an undeserved gift of pure grace.
What’s grace? It’s washing and waxing your car after you smash out all the windows in my car. You don’t get what you deserve. You get grace. And then I pay off your car loan too! I spit in God’s face with a selfish and sinful life, and despite that, He dies for me and pays for my sins anyway.
It has nothing to do with being good; “it is the gift of God.” What do you need to do to accept a Christmas gift? Just receive it. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).” Now that’s a Christmas gift!