But ye are come unto mount Sion (Zion), and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
The true believers in Jesus Christ (both Jew and Gentile) already have their names written in Heaven, because they have been born again of the Spirit of the living God. Every true believer is already part of the Church of the Firstborn, and that is because of Jesus Christ who died for us. (Hallelujah.) When the followers of the Lord, realized that the demons were subject unto them, they got very excited, but Jesus told them to rejoice because their names were written in Heaven.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in HEAVEN. (Luke 10:17-20)
The Lord is very concerned about people, and He is very concerned that people worship God in truth also.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at JERUSALEM, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the TRUE worshippers shall worship the Father in SPIRIT and in TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH. (John 4:19-24)
The Lord told that Gentile, unsaved woman that God must be worshiped in spirit and truth, and He even mentioned the city of Jerusalem. Why? Because the physical, geographical location of Jerusalem did not matter one little bit to Jesus. He was concerned about the heart of every individual, and whether they truly belonged to God. He also revealed Himself as the Messiah to this Samaritan (Gentile) woman.
The woman saith unto him, I know that MESSIAS (MESSIAH) cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee AM HE. (John 4:25-26)
Jesus made the offer of salvation available to this Gentile woman, and He made salvation available to the Jewish people also. The Jewish people made no bones about their rejection of Jesus Christ either, and to this day they still refuse the offer of salvation (for the most part) in Jesus Christ. Here is what Jesus said to the Jewish people of His own time on Earth:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye THINK ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of ME. And ye will NOT come to ME, that ye might have life. (John 5:39-40)
It could not be any clearer than what the Lord had spoken here. The Lord flat out told the Jewish people that they would not come to HIM, that THEY might have LIFE (eternal). Jesus the Christ (Messiah) told them that their very own scriptures testified about HIM, and yet they still refused Him, as their Messiah. Has anything changed? I am amazed at the nonchalant attitude in the world (and the “church”) regarding the truth about Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation. If a person does not believe that, then they make a mockery out of the scriptures. and they make Jesus Christ a liar. It is quite evident that they are not on their way to Heaven, according to the scriptures.
Jesus was never impressed with the Jewish religious crowd that often surrounded Him. It is most unfortunate that we are living in a day where the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is not preached to the Jewish people, even as it is to the Gentiles. Jesus Christ (Messiah) never held back in his preaching to his own Jewish people, because he knew that they were on their way to Hell as much as any other group of people. True LOVE will not hold back the warnings about the dangers ahead, especially when we are talking about an eternity in the outer darkness of Hell. Jesus got right to the heart of the matter when he spoke to a Jewish ruler named Nicodemus, who came to Jesus in search of the truth.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be born again. (John 3:1-7)
Every reader of this article has been born of the flesh (meaning you had a physical birth), but not every one of you has been born of the Spirit, which is an absolute necessity to inherit eternal life. Perhaps you have done many good deeds and are hoping to get into Heaven by that way. Will that work? Nope. Jesus said that you must be born again. Perhaps you may have turned over a new leaf. Will that get you into Heaven? Nope. Jesus said that you must be born again.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he SAVED us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
Every living person is living in a corrupt, sin laden body which will ultimately die one day. The scriptures tell us that this physical body (flesh and blood) cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that FLESH and BLOOD cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (1 Corinthians 15:47-50)
Are you still in your sins and without a Saviour? Are you sure that you have salvation in Jesus Christ? Are you a new creation in Christ or are you hoping that your ‘good life’ is going to pave your way into Heaven for you?
Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATURE (CREATION): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
There are millions, upon millions, of people who even sit inside church buildings that have never been born again of the Spirit. They have been deceived by their own Pastors and leaders who are religious but lost themselves. Get SAVED for real and come inside the REAL Kingdom of God. You need the Holy Spirit INSIDE you before YOU die. Has your name been written in Heaven yet? Is your name written in the book of Life? Do you realize, and understand that ALL mankind will be judged one day? Are you ready? Are you sure?
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the BOOK OF LIFE: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And WHOSOEVER was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. (Revelation 20:12-15)