1. Many people go to great lengths to prepare grandiose mausoleums for themselves; all that is vanity. There are only two DESTINATIONS open to man after this world. ONE, is the LAKE of FIRE which in the strict sense is the FINAL DESTINATION of Satan, as the Bible says: “Then shall he say also unto THEM ON THE LEFT HAND, Depart from me, ye cursed, into EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS” [Matthew 25:41] Satan’s case was decided eons ago and he goes in with his angelic hosts, first, before any man, “And the DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and shall be TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER and ever” [Revelation 20:10] Every man DECEIVED by the Devil joins him in the LAKE of FIRE. Listen closely, the LAKE of FIRE is vacant now, and no man goes in there until SAINTS are settled in HEAVENLY MANSIONS. TWO, God has prepared something better for you, of which the Lord said: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” [John 14:2-3] These are the two ETERNAL DESTINATIONS open to man and the choice is yours.
2. You are more than a bag of skin and bones. The Bible says: “And the LORD God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] You are a LIVING SOUL; it is your SOUL that goes DOWN to the LAKE of FIRE or UP to HEAVENLY MANSIONS. The only reason any SOUL will go DOWN is SIN. Regrettably, no man is exempt from the legacy of SIN, “For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23] I charge you, therefore, to contend for your SOUL, “For what is a man profited, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS SOUL? or WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?” [Matthew 16:26] The SOUL that lives in SIN is enslaved to POWERS OF DARKNESS and in danger of EVERLASTING TORMENT. All praise to God, who was manifest in Jesus Christ, “… DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS, and hath TRANSLATED us into the kingdom of his dear Son” [Colossians 1:13] We are TRANSLATED by FAITH in the SON of God, from the sentence of HELL to EVERLASTING GLORY, “For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOMSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] God has done His part; the choice is yours.
3. A man may profess to be BORN AGAIN, PROPHESY and work MIRACLES but end up in HELL, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? and in thy name have CAST OUT DEVILS? and in thy name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY” [Matthew 7:22-23] When a man professes to be BORN AGAIN, his SOUL is LIBERATED to SEE and UNDERSTAND THINGS of the Kingdom of God, but HE HAS NOT ENTERED, because “… EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN of WATER and of the SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God” [John 3:5] The tragedy of RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY are SOULS whose EYES were OPENED to SEE, but end up in HELL, as it is written: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to MAKE ONE PROSELYTE, and when he is made, YE MAKE HIM TWOFOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL than yourselves” [Matthew 23:15] Be not DECEIVED, it is not enough to be BORN of WATER, you must also be BORN of the SPIRIT. Those who are BORN of WATER are CALLED, only those BORN of the SPIRIT are chosen to ENTER THE KINGDOM of God, “For MANY ARE CALLED, but FEW ARE CHOSEN” [Matthew 22:14]
4. The man BORN of the SPIRIT is the “… NEW MAN, which is renewed in knowledge AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM THAT CREATED HIM” [Colossians 3:10] Without the SPIRIT every profession of FAITH and rituals of RELIGION are done in the “OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO THE DECEITFUL LUSTS” [Ephesians 4:22] The OLD MAN is your SOUL burdened with passions of the BODY. The UNION of SOUL and BODY is FLESH and … FLESH and BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM of God; NEITHER DOTH CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION” [1 Corinthians 15:50] The weakness of FLESH is LUST and LUST is the sole reason a man will attend Church all his life and end up in PERDITION. If you are BORN AGAIN, I challenge you to CRUCIFY the FLESH, as it is written: “And they that are Christ’s have CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS and LUSTS” [Galatians 5:24] The FLESH is CRUCIFIED when it is subjugated by FAITH, to LIVE and be NOURISHED by the WORD of God. As the BODY feeds on natural foods, the SOUL that shall INHERIT HEAVENLY MANSIONS is empowered by the WORD of God, as the Bible says: “… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD” [Matthew 4:4]
5. There are no magical SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN. The ONLY WAY to HEAVENLY MANSIONS is absolute FAITH in the WORD of God. Beloved, take good care not to be DECEIVED; your PASTOR IS FALLIBLE, but the BIBLE IS INFALLIBLE. As we look forward to the coming of the Lord and TRANSLATION to our ETERNAL HOME, I enjoin you in the name of the Lord to WASH and be BORN of the SPIRIT, amen.