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YOU...in perspective

YOU ARE ON THE WIDE ROAD

Since you are a spirit person, it is impossible to grasp an accurate perspective of yourself unless you can determine where you are at spiritually. I will say that again...

Since you are a spirit person, it is impossible to grasp an accurate perspective of yourself unless you can determine where you are at spiritually.

That you are indeed a spirit person is attested to by Scripture. And by common sense. First Scripture:

A certain young man, Stephen, was about to die after being stoned by Jews. He cried, “Lord Jesus, receive my SPIRIT (Acts 7:59).” When Jesus was about to die on the cross He cried out, “Father, into thy hands I commend my SPIRIT (Luke 23:46).” Paul declared that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord (2Cor. 5:8).” Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Today you shall be with me in paradise (Luke 24:43).” The thief died and was buried, but nonetheless he met Jesus in paradise that same day. And now common sense:

The tangible (material) cannot produce the intangible (nor can the intangible produce something material). You have very non-material hopes and ideas and disappointments and fears. What part of you produces them? Certainly it is not the chemical content of your body – it is not your arms or legs or kidneys. Your brain, perhaps? Your brain consists of the same matter as your arms.

No, you are a non-material, intangible person living in a material, tangible body. When your body dies you will continue to live. In a million years you will still be around - somewhere. Adam and Eve and everyone of their offspring are alive today. Man is a spirit being and he never ceases to be.

All of mankind, those living in their bodies (on planet Earth) and those living outside their bodies (either in heaven or in hell – read Issue # 4, Heaven and Hell: the big controversy), are divided into two groups. Jesus explained it this way (Matthew 7:13,14, amplified): “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.”

I consider these two verses the saddest verses in the Bible. They reveal two groups of people:

1) those on the “broad...way” (or the wide road) leading to eternal destruction, and

2) those on the narrow road leading to eternal life.

Sadly, it is the road leading to destruction that is crowded with humanity; the road leading to life has a comparative few.

The wide road or the narrow road. Spiritually speaking, you are on one or the other.

Jesus taught the same truth in different terms. Listen to Him: “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness (John 12:46).” In darkness. There are those who live “in darkness” (outside of Christ) and those who live in “light” (those who live in Christ).

Jesus spoke often of God’s kingdom – for example: “My kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).” One group lives outside God’s kingdom, the other within. Those living outside are those “in darkness,” the majority of people traveling that terrible wide road. Those inside God’s kingdom are they who live in the “light,” the comparative few on the narrow road leading to eternal life.

You are on either one road or the other. Regarding Christ’s kingdom, you are either in or out.

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