I close with this thought. When Genesis 25:8 says that “Abraham … was gathered to his people,” …I ask, Who are your people? One day it will be written of you, as it was of Abraham, “He (or she) breathed his (or her) last and died … and was gathered to his (or her) people.” Will it be the people of God or the company of those who despised God’s truth and trampled on his way of salvation? If you would be gathered to God’s people when you die, you must first (while still alive on earth) be gathered to him who is the door to that heavenly paradise—you must believe on Jesus Christ. He is the only door there has ever been. He is the one to whom the patriarch looked. He is the hope of the prophets. He is the Savior of the New Testament apostles and saints. If you have believed on him, then you can add to that faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
Here’s a sermon I preached recently in Bacolod. It’s about the kindness and severity of God. The longest Bible Reading perhaps that you would hear in a sermon.
It’s in tagalog though. Sana’y pagpalain kayo despite the limitations.
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