Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Who Is Acceptable

The simple truths are the best. And there is no simpler truth in the Bible than what Paul said to a crowd of philosophers in Athens: "There is coming a day in which God will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He has ordained, Jesus Christ" (Acts 17:31). The whole of our lives should be governed by that one overarching reality. Our decisions and preferences, our every deed and intent, should be influenced by the fear of God and the certain knowledge that He will judge us "according to our works" and that our eternity will be determined by what God's judgment of us will be.

Brother Darren Prater sings, "How should I live, knowing the soul never dies?" The simplest questions, such as that one, are also the best. The simple answer to how we should live is encompassed in Peter's comment to Cornelius when he entered that Gentiles' house:

Acts 10

34b. God is no respecter of persons,

35. and in every nation, he who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

Let's just forget the wrangling over this doctrine or that. How are we living? We know that if we live according to the will of God, that if we, as Peter said, "work righteousness," then we will be found acceptable to God on the Day of Judgment. And that is all there is to life on this wretched planet. There is nothing else.

"How should I live, knowing the souls never dies?" There is nothing that is now, or ever will be as important to you as finding the answer to that question, and then putting it into practice every day. As a famous Medieval poet once wrote,

"For modes of faith, let graceless bigot fight;

He can't be wrong, whose life is in the right."

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