All We Need–Eternally Speaking

Well, this isn’t really a post for the atheists, but for the rest of us out there, a question: 

What do you think will be the requirement for you to enter into heaven, once you’ve passed from this life?

As for me, being a Bible-kind-of girl, I don’t believe that anyone will be able to merely claim they are a Christian.

(“Why, here’s my membership card in Christian Club of the Earth.”  “Why thanks, that’s really all we needed.  Come right in.”  Umm.  No.)

I also don’t believe that we can “good work” our way into heaven or that there is some tally of good stuff versus bad stuff and that if the bad list is shorter than the good list, we’re in.

santas-good-and-bad-list

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(Sounds more like Santa Claus–naughty and nice list–do you suppose that’s where we got that nonsense?  Perhaps the “faith without works is dead”argument…but nooooo.  Consider the context.  It just isn’t so.)

Nope.  Good works and church attendance and even membership in the Christian Club are not enough. 

All we’ll be able to count on when we stand before the Lord at the end of our life on this earth, is the blood of Jesus. 

Seriously, think about it.  We’re all a big mess and there’s not not one of us who could stand sinless before God on our own.  He does care about sin; He can’t coexist with it.  Providing us a way out of that horrible separation from Him was not the His way of being a control-freak.  It was His way of showing mercy to His messed-up creation (that would be me, and the person sitting in your chair reading this right now).

The way out of the mess way Jesus, pure and simple.  We’ve gotta recognize that we’ve messed it up (a.k.a. “sin”–the “S” word so many teachers of the watered-down gospel seem to be afraid of…).  We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was resurrected to bring victory over death, saving us from our sins.  And we need to ask Jesus to save us from our sins and be the boss of our life (that is, Lord). 

Some (including me) refer to this as being able to plead the blood of Jesus.  And that’s the one thing I want to have with me when I stand before the Lord at the end of my life.  No membership card.  No list of good deeds.  While those things might be nice, they’ve got nothing to do with admittance to anyplace I want to be going. 

No, all I need is the blood of Jesus.  It’s all we need.

With all due respect to those who may disagree (or appear to) with me (like, perhaps Mr. Shore, who’s blog I enjoy reading, though I haven’t quite figured out his perspective on critical eternal issues like this), I can lovingly appreciate the differences of opinion without having to ram my viewpoint down your throats, but please know I’m praying that any area of eternal consequence where you might be stumbling into error is revealed to you personally by the Holy Spirit this side of heaven (or hell).  Surely you would not object to that?

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7 Responses to “All We Need–Eternally Speaking”


  1. 1 Joe January 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Amen Shannon….it’s difficult to find the line where you can lovingly and prayerfully point out where someone is in error. I think you do it well though. More religion and more good deeds won’t do it for us. Thanks for giving us something to think about today.

  2. 2 Joe January 15, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    By the way, John Piper had some thoughts on the Santa list that you referred to above….well worth the two minutes to watch it.

  3. 3 shannonsays January 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks Joe!
    I appreciate your stopping by and the encouragement and feedback that you give. Hope you’ll continue to visit.

    In His grip,
    Shannon

  4. 4 missy January 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Just had to pop over and say ‘hi’ after seeing your comment on my blog. Obviously, I LOVE this post! Great words, great message. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff!

  5. 6 Bill January 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hello,

    I happened upon your post from a Google Alert I set on the phrase, “Plead the blood”. Many of the readers of my blog come there from searches on that topic. I thought you might be interested in what God showed me about pleading the blood. I wrote about it in January 2006 and you can find it at: http://roadrevelations.org/?m=200601, scroll down near the bottom.
    Be blessed!

    Bill

    • 7 shannonsays January 16, 2009 at 12:13 am

      Hi Bill–thanks for coming by. Glad to hear google is picking this blog up. That’s sure encouraging. I stopped by your site and enjoyed your post on the blood of Jesus as well. Hope others follow the link and are as strengthened and edified as I was. Hope you have a chance to stop by again.


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