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God has no grandchildren…

GOD HAS NO GRANDCHILDREN

Some may think that because grandpa or grandma, mom or dad, or children or spouse have developed a relationship with God, that they will somehow get into Heaven on their shirt tails. We can reason that when a man becomes a president or a king, his wife and children automatically become royalty. Such is not the case in the Kingdom of God. God has no grandchildren – only children.

Each one that arrives in Heaven will have arrived because of their own personal relationship with Jesus, receiving Him personally as Lord, having their sins forgiven by a personal faith in Him. No, there will be no one coming through the gates of Heaven as an add-on to someone else’s faith. God said  in Ezekiel 18:20: “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

God is a personal God. While it is true that Jesus died for the sins of the world, He died for you personally. Though He died to offer salvation to everyone in the world for all time; that invitation for salvation goes out to you on a personal note. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”  Imagine, sitting with Jesus on His throne! That’s pretty personal.

The saving of your soul is as personal as your wedding day. It is commitment exchanged between you and God, a giving of yourself and your life in an exchange for the receiving of Jesus and His life. He gives you all of Himself and He asks for all of you in return. That is how a true love relationship works.

It seems unfair to God, however, that we get such a better end of the deal. In offering ourselves to Him we are bestowing upon Him our sin, guilt and shame, which He gladly and eagerly takes upon Himself, for it is why He died. In the offering Himself and His life to us, we receive unconditional love, mercy, grace and forgiveness with eternal life because we are receiving the One Who is eternal.

I truly don’t understand why He is willing to make this kind of exchange with you and me – but I can only be thankful that He is indeed willing to do it. In fact, the Bible says that God delights in showing mercy. The prophet Micah seems to have had the same awe in the mercy of God as he wrote in Micah 7:18-19, “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah’s prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus when He died on the cross for our sin.

No, God has no grandchildren, but He does offer you today the chance to become His child by personally receiving the death and life of His Son Jesus. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12

 Bob Holland

Faith in Action Ministries

 

July 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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