Excerpt from: Heaven. What’s it going to be like?
PIC: God came to earth as a baby, a man, Jesus!
Oh how marvelous – His grace towards us, sinners all.
Romans 3:23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,
1 John 1:9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].
-See both: Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:9
When it comes to repentance for salvation – Jesus is all inclusive. He will accept any truly repentant sinner of any vile stripe. You name it, He will forgive. But His is a limited grace. Don’t try to squeeze-by in His courts of justice.
- His grace is limited by time: once your time is up… His grace cannot save you.
- His grace is limited by your heart: if your heart does not let you repent and turn to Him… His grace will not impose itself.
The Galatians 5 Warning…and others.
The Bible just flat-out lists all the sins the writers could think of. Each sin, alone even, separates us from His grace – eternally. And then Paul fills-in between the lines, saying, “…and other things like these.” Oops. Well, there goes that loophole many hope to use (“Oh but, but, that’s not exactly what I did….”)! (Luke 10:29 MSG)
There is absolutely no loophole, no sin we practice – on purpose, as a way of life, in “our lifestyle”, which God accepts. Nada. Zilch. Jesus warned He will reject any person of that ilk — even those who “tried Jesus”. To those self-deceived Jesus quotes Himself from the future (another warning) when He will say on that day of reckoning,
And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’ – Matthew 7:23
“Publicly” declare! God is warning us, time and time again (maybe because He knows our excuses?), that “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” If you are still “into” any of these… then you are in a state of being “vile to Jesus“. Not a good place to be at any time, but, especially if you land in His Courts still “vile to Jesus”.
This list is “good-to-go” for any type of person, whoever you might be: little old housewives, big young brash ones, dirty old men, clean and shaven young executives, pompous – egotistical…… billionaires, smart mouthed – skateboarding millennials, fake-faith politicians, common boys and girls in the neighborhood, whoever. Jesus knows our thoughts even. (So much for hiding our sinfulness.) With God, sins are “clearly evident”:
are clearly evident: they are
sexual immorality, impurity,
sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control),
hostility, strife, jealousy,
fits of anger, disputes, dissensions,
factions [that promote heresies],
envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior,
and other things like these.
just as I did previously,
that those who practice such things
will not inherit the kingdom of God.