TEXT: Revelation 22:13-15
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The Free State of Glory (Part 45): Those Within and Those Without, Part 3
The devil would have us to believe that everybody who lives a basically good life will go to Heaven. He has used this lie to deceive millions into thinking that they do not need to do anything special to get there. He divides people into the “very bad” and the “basically good.” We subconsciously think of ourselves as basically good and see ourselves differently from the “very bad” people. But, the Bible tells us that the only division that matters in His eyes is the one that stands between those who have accepted His Son and who are now within the family of God, and those who have rejected HIs Son and who will remain outside the family of God.
Those who are of the latter persuasion will also be without (or outside) the city of God, the New Jerusalem.
We have already talked about the dogs and the sorcerers who will not inhabit the New Jerusalem. Now, we turn our attention to the “whoremongers” who will be without the city of God. The word translated as “whoremonger” is “pornos.” It means: “a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire; a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator.” The word is one of a variety of words formed from the Greek root “porneia.” BIble scholars see these words as compassing all sexual sin.
Those who engage in sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman violate a sacred unity that God established and intended to be enjoyed by two people who are wholly committed to each other that the two become one flesh. The world, today, thinks of sex as disconnected from the ties of marriage and parenting. But, God is very concerned about how people behave sexually because it is through the sexual union that eternal souls are born into human bodies to live in God’s world and learn to love the God who made them. (The family — with a married husband and wife as a loving father and mother — is supposed to be a small picture of the family of God in the world.) The abuse and misuse of human sexuality, however, is a tragic reality of our fallen race. And, only salvation through Jesus Christ can change the hearts and minds of those caught up in a lifestyle of “porneia.” Those who do not align their behavior with God’s standards for sexuality through the transforming power of Jesus Christ will be sentenced to remain without the New Jerusalem for eternity.
If you are not a believer, you will be condemned to remain without the gates of Heaven. Make sure you are within by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.