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How To Get To Heaven

Saved and Unsaved Through Time

September 18, 2014 By: alanpg Category: How To Get to Heaven

Saved before and after Christ

People may wonder what is the fate of those who lived before the reconciliation with God. The saved and unsaved through time shows how God allows all people the opportunity of benefiting from the reconciliation. Today a person obeys the gospel of Christ and has their past sins forgiven. If they continue to life faithfully, they will be achieve heaven. However, those born before the gospel was preached cannot obey that which they do not know. There are many inquiries like this where people wonder about “just about everything.” The correct answer can always be, “God can handle that just perfectly, even if you see a problem that cannot be solved.”
In this case God has graciously provided some information.
In Romans, God describes those who without the law (the law of Moses) that is the gentiles will be judged. They could do of their own choice the things of the law, their conscience bearing witness end up being a law unto themselves. If you understand God and what He loves and hates of humankind, you can imagine the kind of person who could succeed without the law.

Romans 2.12-16

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 
13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 
14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 
15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 
16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

God provides even more information and specifically in relation to the death of Jesus and the when the New Testament was in effect.

Hebrews 9.16,17

16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

This sacrifice of the Son of God is not only effective in cleansing our conscience and allowing us, who will obey Him, to draw near to God, but it also provided eternal redemption for some who had lived under the first covenant (9:15). Those who lived faithful to the law God had for them never actually received forgiveness of sin or redemption because “it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins” (10:4). However, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross provided eternal redemption for them. The blood of Christ flowed backwards as well as forwards from the cross.

Hebrews 9.15

15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

The questions we have that appear beyond our ability to answer are a little like a magician’s trick. The trick seems to be impossible and then if the trick is exposed it is so obvious and there was no magic. God, of course is all powerful and you may not understand something since YOU are very limited by design. The things that seem impossible to you are easy for God and when God exposes things such as how He will deal with those before Christ’s gospel; we can easily understand. Many people struggle with God’s word being correct or even God’s ability for His word to come down correctly to the world today. You learn from the scriptures that the things God says will always happen and His plan will not be damaged by your disbelief in His ability.
Everything God indicates in His message to humankind will come to pass and if you are not in Christ and living faithfully then the terror described will be realized in you. You should see God’s concern for you, God’s love for you is also real regardless if you lived before or after the New Testament coming into effect.

The better you understand God, the more you will see how the scriptures fit everything together in a unique and Divine way. God has selected seven things (seven happens to be a number God uses to designate something that is perfect and complete) that define the essence of God and His purpose. They are the seven ONE’s of God. These seven things are shown below:
The seven ones of God

The idea is that there are these seven ONE’s that are unique. There is One God, There is ONE Lord, There is ONE Spirit, There is ONE Faith, There is ONE baptism, There is ONE hope of our calling and there is ONE body.
The world wants to believe there are many God’s. The religions of the world want to believe there are many churches, but there is only ONE body. In each case of the seven ONES, there is just ONE. If people understood this and honored this they would not bring confusion to the world. There are many so-called Christians that believe baptism is not important and others that think there are many different baptisms. The baptism of the new testament is the one that forgives sins and is defined by the gospel as a parallel to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If you have the knowledge of God and a correct understanding of the gospel you can differentiate this baptism as water baptism. It is not the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the baptism of fire or other references to being immersed in something. It is being baptized in water, or as Jesus said, being born again of water and the Spirit.

The subject of this page is the saved and unsaved throughout time and we showed how the blood of Christ covered both those before and after the death of Christ under the conditions defined by God. Today, a person must obey the gospel to have their sins forgiven and be faithful unto death to attain heaven. There was no hope after sin occurred and yet God did not give up on His purpose to have each person have the hope of heaven. It would require the terrible suffering and death of His Son. In the seven ones of God, we see that there is ONE hope of our calling and the calling is being called by the gospel, by the gospel message. Few will heed the call, but will live for themselves. You have a real hope of heaven once you obey the gospel.

Colossians 1.5

5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel

In the world we hope for many things, but this is not the hope of a child of God, but there hope is in what is not seen.

Romans 8.24,25

24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

God explains the seen things as temporary and the unseen things as eternal in 2 Corinthians 4.16-18.

Hope of eternal life is something God planned before the beginning, specifically God indicates before time began. God knowing all things, knew of the first sin and as He indicates that all will sin and fall short of the glory of God.

Titus 1.2

2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

Peter summarizes the living hope that we can have because of the resurrection of Christ. It is reserved in heaven for you.

1 Peter 1.3-5

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Yet, who is willing to live their life for Christ and the gospel? Apparently, it will be those who want heaven badly enough to forego the pleasures of this life and live humbly and unselfishly having a love of the truth.

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