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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • AND WHILE THAT IS A FATE THAT EVERYONE EXPERIENCES
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  • REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY'RE RIGHTEOUS OR UNRIGHTEOUS,
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  • A BELIEVER OR NON-BELIEVER, A MUSLIM, A HINDU OR CHRISTIAN
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  • -WE EXPERIENCE ONE OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT DESTINIES.
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  • FROM THE HISTORIC PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR, BIBLE TEACHER, AND PASTOR:
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • TODAY, I'LL PRESENT THE FINAL MESSAGE IN THE SERIES TITLED,
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  • HOW CAN I KNOW?
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  • AND OUT OF ALL OF THE QUESTIONS WE'VE EXAMINED IN THIS SERIES
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  • I BELIEVE THE TOPIC WE'RE ADDRESSING TODAY
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  • IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT.
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  • IT'S THE QUESTION OF ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH?
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  • AND HOW WILL THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY
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  • AFFECT OUR ETERNAL DESTINY?
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • "HOW CAN I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IF A FRIEND, OR ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN,
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  • CAME UP TO YOU AND ASKED,
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  • "HOW DO WE KNOW THE BIBLE IS TRUE?"
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  • COULD YOU GIVE A CLEAR AND CREDIBLE ANSWER?
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  • IT'S A FAIR QUESTION THAT DESERVES A SOLID ANSWER!
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  • AND WHEN YOU SUPPORT PATHWAY TO VICTORY WITH A GENEROUS
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  • GIFT TODAY, WE'D LIKE TO SEND YOU A BOOK FROM
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS CONTAINING
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  • ANSWERS TO LIFE'S 7 MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
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  • IT'S CALLED, HOW CAN I KNOW?
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  • GOD IS NEVER THREATENED BY OUR QUESTIONS!
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  • IN FACT, HE'S PROVIDED TRUTHFUL ANSWERS IN HIS WORD
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  • TO QUESTIONS LIKE,
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  • HOW CAN I KNOW GOD IS GOOD WITH ALL THE SUFFERING IN THE WORLD?
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  • AND, HOW CAN I KNOW THERE'S REALLY LIFE AFTER DEATH?
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  • SEVEN STRAIGHTFORWARD ANSWERS TO SEVEN PRESSING QUESTIONS.
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  • THE BOOK CALLED, HOW CAN I KNOW IS YOURS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING AT THE QUESTION:
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  • HOW CAN I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?
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  • JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT THE INEVITABILITY OF DEATH,
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  • THE REALITY OF HELL.
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  • THIRD, THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVEN.
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  • THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVEN.
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  • JESUS ALONG WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS OFTEN
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  • REFERRED TO A PLACE THAT WE CALL HEAVEN.
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  • NOW, ADMITTEDLY, THE DETAILS OF HEAVEN ARE INCOMPLETE.
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  • WE DON'T FIND A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT HEAVEN,
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  • AND I THINK THAT'S ON PURPOSE.
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  • IF WE REALLY KNEW EVERYTHING THAT AWAITED US WHEN WE DIE -
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  • WE WOULD BE LIKE THE CHILD TRYING TO EAT HIS MEAT AND
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  • POTATOES AND VEGETABLES WHILE LOOKING AT THE ICE-CREAM
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  • SUNDAE THAT'S BEEN SET BEFORE HIM.
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  • GOD HAS A REASON FOR NOT TELLING US EVERYTHING - OR
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  • EVEN MOST THINGS ABOUT HEAVEN - BUT HE'S TOLD US JUST ENOUGH
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN TO WET OUR APPETITES FOR THE FUTURE.
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  • LET'S LOOK AT FIVE REALITIES ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • THAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT
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  • HEAVEN IS AN ACTUAL LOCATION.
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  • HEAVEN IS AN ACTUAL LOCATION.
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  • JUST AS HELL IS NOT A STATE OF MIND -
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  • HEAVEN IS NOT A STATE OF MIND EITHER.
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  • IT IS A GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • HOW DO I KNOW THAT?
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  • AGAIN, LOOKING AT THE WORDS OF JESUS.
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  • JESUS TAUGHT THAT.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID, "DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED,
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  • BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME;
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  • IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD OF TOLD YOU;
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  • FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU.
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  • IF I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU,
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  • I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF,
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  • THAT WHERE I AM THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • NOTICE HERE THAT THREE TIMES IN THREE VERSES JESUS USES
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  • THE WORD PLACE OR PLACES.
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  • NOW, THAT GREEK WORD TRANSLATED "PLACE"
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  • IS THE WORD TOPAS AND IT LITERALLY MEANS
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  • "A GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION."
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  • IF JESUS WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO COMMUNICATE
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  • WITH US THAT HEAVEN WAS A REAL DESTINATION
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  • AND NOT A STATE OF MIND - THERE'S NOT A MORE
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  • SPECIFIC WORD HE COULD OF CHOSEN THAN TOPAS.
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  • HE SAID HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • AND WE SEE THAT AGAIN IN THE STORY
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  • OF JESUS' ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN.
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  • REMEMBER AFTER JESUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD -
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  • HE RECEIVED HIS NEW RESURRECTION BODY
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  • AND HE SPENT 40 DAYS HERE ON EARTH
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  • TALKING TO HIS DISCIPLES,
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  • APPEARING TO AS MANY AS 500 PEOPLE
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  • IN THIS NEW RESURRECTION BODY.
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  • AT THE END OF THOSE 40 DAYS, HE GATHERED WITH
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  • HIS FOLLOWERS AND OTHERS ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
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  • AND DR. LUKE RECORDS WHAT HAPPENED IN ACTS 1:9,
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  • "AND AFTER JESUS HAD SAID THESE THINGS,
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  • HE WAS LIFTED UP WHILE THEY WERE LOOKING ON,
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  • AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
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  • AND AS THEY WERE GAZING INTENTLY INTO THE SKY WHILE HE WAS GOING,
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  • BEHOLD, TWO MEN IN WHITE CLOTHING STOOD BESIDE THEM.
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  • THEY ALSO SAID, 'MEN OF GALILEE,
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  • WHY DO YOU STAND LOOKING INTO THE SKY?
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  • THIS JESUS, WHO HAS BEEN TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN,
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  • WILL COME IN JUST THE SAME WAY
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  • AS YOU HAVE WATCHED HIM GO INTO HEAVEN.'"
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  • WHAT HAPPENED ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES WAS THIS:
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  • JESUS JUST CHANGED LOCATIONS.
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  • HE WENT FROM ONE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION TO ANOTHER
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  • GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AND ONE DAY HE'S COMING BACK TO EARTH.
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  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT -
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  • JESUS TAUGHT AND BELIEVED THAT HEAVEN WAS A REAL LOCATION.
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  • SECONDLY, THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT HEAVEN IS BOTH AN
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  • IMMEDIATE AND AN ULTIMATE DESTINATION.
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  • IT IS AN IMMEDIATE, BUT IT'S ALSO AN ULTIMATE DESTINATION.
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  • NOW, WE'VE SEEN PREVIOUSLY THAT THE WORD "HELL" IN THE
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  • BIBLE, THE ENGLISH WORD "HELL" IS REALLY A GENERIC TERM THAT
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  • APPLIES TO TWO DIFFERENT PLACES.
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  • HELL, SOMETIMES, IS A TRANSLATION OF THE WORD "HADES."
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  • HADES IS THE IMMEDIATE LOCATION OF THE UNSAVED DEAD.
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  • IT'S WHERE AN UNBELIEVER GOES WHEN HE DIES JUST LIKE THE
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  • RICH MAN DIED AND WENT INTO HADES.
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  • SO WHEN UNSAVED PERSON, WHEN HE DIED,
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  • HE IMMEDIATELY GOES TO THIS PLACE OF TORMENT;
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  • HIS PUNISHMENT BEGINS THE MOMENT HE DIES
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  • AND LASTS THROUGH ETERNITY.
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  • BUT HE'S GOING TO CHANGE LOCATIONS FROM HADES,
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  • UNTIL AFTER HIS FINAL JUDGMENT, INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.
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  • NOW STAY WITH ME AGAIN.
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  • IN THE SAME WAY WHEN CHRISTIANS DIE,
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  • THEY HAVE AN IMMEDIATE DESTINATION AND THEN THEY HAVE
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  • AN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
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  • WHERE DOES A CHRISTIAN GO WHEN HE DIES?
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  • HE IMMEDIATELY GOES TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • IN LUKE 16:22 WE SEE THIS ABOUT THE POOR MAN WHEN HE
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  • DIED, "NOW THE POOR MAN DIED AND WAS CARRIED AWAY BY THE
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  • ANGELS TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM."
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  • SOMETIMES THAT PLACE IS CALLED "PARADISE."
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  • REMEMBER JESUS SAID TO THE THIEF ON THE CROSS IN
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  • LUKE 23:43, "TODAY YOU SHALL BE WITH ME..."
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  • WHERE?
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  • "IN PARADISE."
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  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:8 PAUL SAID,
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  • "WE ARE OF GOOD COURAGE, I SAY,
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  • AND PREFER RATHER TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY
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  • AND TO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD."
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  • WHEN A CHRISTIAN DIES, HE DOESN'T GO OUT INTO
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  • NOTHINGNESS; HIS SOUL DOESN'T FALL ASLEEP
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  • UNTIL THE END - HE GOES IMMEDIATELY
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  • TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
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  • SOMETIMES THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IS CALLED
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  • "ABRAHAM'S BOSOM"; SOMETIMES IT'S
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  • CALLED "PARADISE"; SOMETIMES IT'S
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  • CALLED "AT HOME WITH THE LORD."
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  • THAT IS THE IMMEDIATE DESTINATION
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  • OF A CHRISTIAN.
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  • WE IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE
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  • GOD'S BLESSING THE MOMENT WE DIE,
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  • BUT THAT IS NOT OUR ETERNAL LOCATION.
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  • YOU SEE, THE WORD "HEAVEN" SOMETIMES
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  • REFERS TO THIS IMMEDIATE PLACE WE GO TO:
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  • "PARADISE," BUT IT ALSO REFERS TO THE ULTIMATE
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  • DESTINATION WE'RE GOING TO SPEND ETERNITY IN.
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  • AND GUESS WHAT: THAT ULTIMATE DESTINATION
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  • IS NOT READY FOR OCCUPANCY YET.
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  • IT'S STILL BEING BUILT.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
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  • IN JOHN 14:2 JESUS SAID, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE
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  • MANY DWELLING PLACES; IF IT WERE NOT SO,
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  • I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU; FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU."
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  • THAT PLACE YOU'RE GOING TO BE IS NOT QUITE READY YET.
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  • I GUESS IT'S PRETTY GOOD JESUS WAS A CARPENTER, WASN'T IT?
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  • BECAUSE HE GETS TO WORK ON THAT PLACE,
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  • AND HE'S GOING TO PREPARE IT, AND HE'S PREPARING IT FOR US
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  • RIGHT NOW, BUT IT IS NOT QUITE READY.
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  • JOHN, IN REVELATION 21:1-2 LOOKING DOWN THE CORRIDOR OF
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  • HISTORY SAW A VISION OF WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE AFTER THE
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  • FIRST HEAVEN AND EARTH HAD BEEN DESTROYED - HE SAW THAT
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  • NEW PLACE FOR OUR OCCUPANCY.
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  • LISTEN TO REVELATION 21:1-2; JOHN SAYS,
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  • "THEN I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH;
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  • FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH PASSED AWAY,
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  • AND THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SEA.
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  • AND I SAW THE HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM,
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  • COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD,
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  • MADE READY AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND."
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  • JOHN SAYS, "I SAW THIS CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM,
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  • COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN."
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  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS WORKING ON RIGHT NOW.
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  • THINK OF THE NEW JERUSALEM
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  • AS THE ULTIMATE IN PRE-FAB HOUSING, OK?
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  • IT'S BEING BUILT SOMEPLACE ELSE AND IT'S GOING TO COME
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  • TO EARTH AND THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR ULTIMATE DWELLING PLACE,
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  • WHICH LEADS TO A THIRD IMPORTANT TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN,
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  • AND THAT IS: HEAVEN WILL BE PRIMARILY A RECREATED EARTH.
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  • HEAVEN FOR US WILL PRIMARILY BE A RECREATED EARTH.
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  • ONE OF THE GREATEST MISCONCEPTIONS CHRISTIANS
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  • HAVE ABOUT HEAVEN IS THAT WHEN WE DIE WE GO TO
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  • THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN THAT'S IN SOME GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY.
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  • OR THEY THINK THAT WHEN WE DIE WE ENTER INTO SOME KIND OF
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  • INVISIBLE FOURTH DIMENSION WHERE WE SPEND ETERNITY
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  • AS DISEMBODIED SPIRITS.
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  • NO, THAT IS NOT GOD'S PLAN.
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  • GOD'S PLAN IS NOT THAT WE'RE GOING TO FLOAT AROUND OUT
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  • THERE FOR ALL ETERNITY IN OUTER SPACE.
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  • LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT GOD'S ULTIMATE
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  • DESTINATION FOR US WHO ARE BELIEVERS.
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  • IN PSALM 37:9 THE PSALMIST SAYS,
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  • "BUT THOSE WHO WAIT UPON THE LORD, SHALL INHERIT..."
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  • THE WHAT?
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  • "THE EARTH."
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  • JESUS SAYS, "BLESSED ARE THE MEEK,
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  • FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH."
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  • OR 2 PETER 3:13, "BUT ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE
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  • WE ARE LOOKING FOR..."
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  • WHAT?
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  • "NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH, IN WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS."
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  • THINK ABOUT THIS.
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  • IN OUR ETERNAL STATE WE ARE NOT GOING UP THERE SOMEWHERE
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  • TO DWELL WITH GOD.
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  • IN OUR FINAL STATE GOD IS COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO DWELL
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  • WITH US HERE ON EARTH JUST AS HE ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO DO.
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  • AUTHOR RANDY ALCORN DESCRIBES THE ETERNAL DESTINATION OF
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  • CHRISTIANS AS AN UNPRECEDENTED JOINING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH;
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  • WHICH HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SEPARATE.
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  • THE NEW EARTH IS THE COSMIC CENTER OF THE NEW HEAVENS.
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  • IT WILL BE LITERALLY HEAVEN ON EARTH.
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  • THAT LEADS TO FOURTH TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN,
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  • AND THAT IS: HEAVEN IS A CONTINUUM OF OUR
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  • EARTHLY EXISTENCE.
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  • IT'S A CONTINUUM OF OUR EARTHLY EXISTENCE.
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  • ANOTHER COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE ETERNAL STATE OF
  • 00:12:05.240 --> 00:12:10.250
  • BOTH, BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS,
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  • IS THAT THERE'S NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR LIFE
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  • HERE ON EARTH AND OUR LIFE AFTER WE DIE.
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  • AGAIN, NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
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  • THERE IS A GREAT CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR LIFE HERE ON EARTH
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  • AND OUR LIFE AFTER WE DIE.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, THERE'S A CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE PRESENT
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  • EARTH AND THE NEW EARTH.
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  • LOOK AT THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS NEW EARTH THAT JOHN
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  • DESCRIBES IN REVELATION 22:1-3A,
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  • HE SAYS, "THEN HE SHOWED ME A RIVER OF THE WATER OF LIFE,
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  • CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, COMING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE
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  • LAMB, IN THE MIDDLE OF ITS STREET.
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  • ON EITHER SIDE OF THE RIVER WAS THE TREE OF LIFE,
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  • BEARING TWELVE KINDS OF FRUIT, YIELDING ITS FRUIT EVERY MONTH;
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  • AND THE LEAVES OF THE TREE WERE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS.
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  • THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY CURSE."
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  • YOU READ THAT DESCRIPTION IN ITS FULLNESS AND YOU FIND
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  • JOHN SAYS: I SAW TREES, AND I SAW RIVERS,
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  • AND I SAW FRUIT, SAW MOUNTAINS.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE NEW EARTH IS GOING TO BE LIKE.
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  • THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH.
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  • THERE'S A CONTINUITY BETWEEN THIS PRESENT EARTH
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  • AND THE NEW EARTH.
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  • SECONDLY, THERE'S A CONTINUITY BETWEEN OUR EARTHLY BODIES
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  • AND OUR ETERNAL BODIES.
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  • WE'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND ETERNITY AS SOME DISEMBODIED
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  • SPIRITS FLOATING AROUND UP THERE PLUCKING A HARP.
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  • THAT'S NOT GOD'S PLAN FOR US.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS, AS HUMAN BEINGS
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  • WE ARE BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT.
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  • AND THINK ABOUT THIS: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME
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  • IN ETERNITY WHEN YOU DIDN'T EXIST AS A HUMAN
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  • WITH A BODY, AND A SOUL, AND A SPIRIT.
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  • AND SO THE QUESTION IS:
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  • WHAT IS THE NATURE OF OUR ETERNAL BODY THAT WE HAVE?
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  • WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE?
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  • WELL, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR NEW BODIES ARE GOING TO
  • 00:13:58.090 --> 00:14:00.130
  • BE LIKE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO IMAGINE,
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO WONDER - ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT
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  • JESUS' RESURRECTION BODY.
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  • SEE, JESUS WAS THE FIRST ONE WHO RECEIVED A RESURRECTION BODY.
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  • AND AS I SAID PREVIOUSLY, JESUS SPENT 40 DAYS ON EARTH
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  • IN THAT RESURRECTION BODY INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE WHO
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  • WERE IN THEIR NATURAL BODIES.
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  • AND NOTICE DURING THAT TIME THAT JESUS WAS WITH HIS
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  • DISCIPLES, DESCRIBED IN LUKE 24,
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  • JESUS' DISCIPLES RECOGNIZED JESUS.
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  • HE WAS RECOGNIZABLE.
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  • THEY NOTICED THAT HE RETAINED SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF
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  • HIS FORMER BODY.
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  • AND THEY SAW JESUS EAT.
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  • I MEAN, HE HAD A DIGESTIVE SYSTEM,
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  • HE WAS HUNGRY; HE WAS ABLE TO EAT.
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  • I KNOW THAT PUTS A LOT OF YOU AT EASE TO KNOW THAT.
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  • HE HAD A BODY THAT WAS SIMILAR TO HIS EARTHLY BODY,
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  • BUT IT WAS ALSO VASTLY SUPERIOR TO HIS EARTHLY BODY.
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  • YOU SAY: WELL, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
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  • WHY IS JESUS' RESURRECTION BODY IMPORTANT TO US?
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  • LISTEN TO COLOSSIANS 1:18, PAUL WRITES,
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  • "FOR JESUS IS ALSO HEAD OF THE BODY,
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  • THE CHURCH; AND HE IS THE BEGINNING,
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  • THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, SO THAT HE HIMSELF WILL COME
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  • TO HAVE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING."
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  • JESUS' RESURRECTION BODY WAS THE PROTOTYPE.
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  • IT WAS THE FIRST RESURRECTION BODY,
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  • BUT IT WASN'T THE LAST.
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  • BECAUSE THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS HAVE THIS PROMISE:
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  • AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, SO IN CHRIST ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE.
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  • WE ARE GOING TO BE JUST LIKE JESUS
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  • IN OUR NEW RESURRECTION BODY.
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  • THIRDLY, THERE'S A CONTINUITY BETWEEN OUR PRESENT CHOICES
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  • AND OUR FUTURE EXISTENCE.
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  • THAT IS, THE CHOICES WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE HAVE A SHELF LIFE
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  • THAT EXISTS BEYOND DEATH.
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  • THE CHOICES, WHETHER WE'RE BELIEVERS OR UNBELIEVERS,
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  • WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE WILL HAVE RAMIFICATIONS
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  • FOR ALL ETERNITY AFTER WE DIE.
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  • ONE WRITER EXPLAINS IT THIS WAY.
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  • NOW LISTEN TO THIS CAREFULLY, "EARTH
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  • LEADS DIRECTLY INTO HEAVEN JUST AS
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  • IT LEADS DIRECTLY INTO HELL.
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  • LIFE HERE IS A RUNNING START INTO
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  • ONE PLACE OR THE OTHER.
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  • HEAVEN AND HELL ARE BOTH RETRO-ACTIVE TO EARTH.
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  • THE BEST OF EARTH IS A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
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  • THE WORST OF EARTH IS A GLIMPSE OF HELL.
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  • EARTH IS IN-BETWEEN WORLD TOUCHED,
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  • BOTH BY HEAVEN AND HELL, AFFORDING A CHOICE
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  • BETWEEN THE TWO."
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  • NUMBER FIVE, THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT HEAVEN IS RESERVED FOR
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  • THOSE WHO TRUST IN CHRIST.
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  • NOW, STAY WITH ME ON THIS: IF INDEED THERE IS EVIDENCE,
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  • BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE BIBLE THAT THERE IS SUCH A
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  • THING AS LIFE AFTER DEATH, AND IF INDEED WE WANT TO ACCEPT
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  • WHAT JESUS AND THE OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS SAID ABOUT
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  • THE REALITY OF HELL AND HEAVEN,
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  • AND IF WE WANT TO BE ASSURED OF GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE
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  • - DOESN'T IT MAKE SENSE THAT WE WOULD EMBRACE WHAT JESUS
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  • SAID IS THE WAY, THE ONLY WAY TO BE ASSURED OF GOING TO
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  • HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE?
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  • JESUS HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THE WAY WE CAN KNOW FOR SURE
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  • WE'RE GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE.
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  • LISTEN TO SOME OF THE THINGS HE SAID.
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  • IN JOHN 5:24, SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE COMMON DENOMINATOR,
  • 00:17:19.230 --> 00:17:23.250
  • JESUS SAID, "TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU,
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  • HE WHO HEARS MY WORD, AND BELIEVES HIM WHO SENT ME,
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  • HAS ETERNAL LIFE, AND DOES NOT COME INTO JUDGMENT,
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  • BUT HAS PASSED OUT OF DEATH INTO LIFE."
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:36.220
  • OR JOHN 6:40, "FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF MY FATHER,
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  • THAT EVERYONE WHO BEHOLDS THE SON AND BELIEVES IN HIM WILL
  • 00:17:40.030 --> 00:17:45.130
  • HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, AND I MYSELF WILL RAISE HIM UP
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  • ON THE LAST DAY."
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  • OR JOHN 11:25-26, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE;
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  • HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL LIVE EVEN IF HE DIES,
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  • AND EVERYONE WHO LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE.
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  • DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?"
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  • NOW, DID YOU CATCH THAT?
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  • IT'S BELIEVE; EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES;
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  • EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES; EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:12.120
  • HAS ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • THE WAY WE ARE ASSURED OF GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE IS
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:18.040
  • BY BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:21.100
  • NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, MOST PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A CLUE AS TO
  • 00:18:21.110 --> 00:18:25.030
  • WHAT IT MEANS TO BELIEVE IN JESUS.
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  • THEY THINK AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON
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  • OF GOD, THAT HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD,
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  • THAT HE ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY,
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  • THAT HE'S COMING BACK TO EARTH ONE DAY -
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  • IF YOU BELIEVE THOSE THINGS THAT MAKES YOU A CHRISTIAN,
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  • YOU CAN KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE.
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  • NO.
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  • NO.
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  • THAT'S NOT IT AT ALL.
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  • THE REASON I KNOW THAT IS THAT THE DEMONS
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  • BELIEVE THOSE THINGS AS WELL.
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  • SOME OF THE GREATEST PROFESSIONS OF FAITH IN
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:52.180
  • THE BIBLE CAME FROM THE LIPS OF DEMONS.
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  • THEY SAID: BEHOLD, THE SON OF GOD;
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  • WHEN THEY SAW HIM.
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  • DEMONS BELIEVED THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 00:18:57.070 --> 00:19:01.130
  • DEMONS AND SATAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED ON
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  • THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:19:04.050 --> 00:19:06.180
  • THE DEMONS AND SATAN HIMSELF BELIEVE THAT
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  • JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD - IN FACT,
  • 00:19:08.160 --> 00:19:11.070
  • THEY BELIEVE IT MORE THAN YOU DO, AND MORE
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:14.090
  • THAN I DO, BECAUSE THEY SAW IT FIRST-HAND.
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  • NO.
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  • THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS TO BELIEVE.
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:21.060
  • THE WORD "BELIEVE" MEANS TO TRUST IN,
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  • TO CLING TO, TO PUT YOUR FULL FAITH AND TRUST IN.
  • 00:19:23.220 --> 00:19:29.030
  • TO BELIEVE IN JESUS MEANS NOT TO BELIEVE
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  • THAT HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:19:31.060 --> 00:19:33.140
  • IT MEANS TO BELIEVE HE DIED FOR MY SINS.
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:37.220
  • IT MEANS COMING TO THE PLACE WHERE YOU REALIZE
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:39.180
  • YOU CAN'T SAVE YOURSELF, THAT YOUR RELATIVE
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:43.260
  • GOODNESS, YOUR RELIGIOUS RITUAL,
  • 00:19:43.270 --> 00:19:45.160
  • YOUR PROMISES TO DO BETTER MEAN
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:47.160
  • ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO GOD.
  • 00:19:47.170 --> 00:19:50.190
  • IT MEANS COMING TO THE POINT THAT YOU'RE
  • 00:19:50.200 --> 00:19:51.260
  • WILLING TO HUMBLE YOURSELF AND SAY:
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  • GOD, I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF;
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  • THE ONLY WAY I CAN POSSIBLY MAKE IT TO
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  • HEAVEN IS BY YOUR FORGIVENESS, YOUR
  • 00:19:57.050 --> 00:19:59.290
  • SALVATION; AND TODAY I'M CLINGING TO,
  • 00:20:00.000 --> 00:20:03.070
  • I'M BELIEVING IN, I'M TRUSTING IN WHAT JESUS
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:06.000
  • DID FOR ME ON THE CROSS 2.000 YEARS AGO
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  • TO WASH ME WHITE;
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  • TO CLEANSE ME FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:13.130
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BELIEVE IN JESUS.
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:16.230
  • JESUS EXPLAINED IT THIS WAY, IN THAT FAMILIAR VERSE:
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  • FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
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  • THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES, TRUSTS IN,
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:29.180
  • CLINGS TO, PUTS THEIR FULL FAITH AND TRUST IN -
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:32.260
  • ONLY IN HIM CAN THEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:39.150
  • HOW CAN I BE ASSURED THAT I'M GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?
  • 00:20:39.160 --> 00:20:43.110
  • IT IS ONLY BY BELIEVING IN JESUS.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:48.070
  • THE BIBLE SAYS GOD SENT HIS SON JESUS
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  • TO DIE ON THE CROSS.
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  • AND WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS,
  • 00:20:52.120 --> 00:20:54.010
  • THIS IS WHAT HE DID FOR YOU: HE OFFERS
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  • TO TAKE YOUR FILTHY, MOTH EATEN GARMENT
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  • OF SIN AND GOD PUTS IT ON JESUS CHRIST;
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  • WRAPS IT AROUND JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:21:06.270 --> 00:21:08.280
  • AND JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED THE
  • 00:21:08.290 --> 00:21:10.290
  • PENALTY FOR YOUR SIN AND MY SIN,
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:13.060
  • BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE.
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:14.090
  • THEN GOD TOOK THE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:17.150
  • OF JESUS AND WRAPPED IT AROUND EACH OF US
  • 00:21:17.160 --> 00:21:20.270
  • WHO BELIEVE IN HIM FOR ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:23.160
  • AND WHEN GOD LOOKS AT US ONCE WE
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:24.290
  • BECOME A CHRISTIAN, HE DOESN'T SEE THAT
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:27.000
  • FILTHY, MOTH EATEN, SIN -INFESTED GARMENT
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  • - HE SEES THE PERFECT PERFECTION OF HIS
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  • SON JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THAT'S WHY 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 SAYS,
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  • "GOD MADE JESUS WHO KNEW NO SIN TO BECOME SIN FOR US THAT
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  • WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM."
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  • AND WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE.
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  • THE CHOICE WE MAKE IN THIS LIFE IS:
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  • HOW DO WE WANT TO APPROACH GOD ON THE DAY WE DIE?
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  • DO WE WANT TO APPROACH HIM IN OUR SELF-MANUFACTURED
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  • GARMENT OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH
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  • OR DO WE WANT TO ACCEPT HIS OFFER OF PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS?
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  • THE APOSTLE PAUL SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE AS AN UNBELIEVER.
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  • HE BELIEVED THAT HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WAS GOOD ENOUGH.
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  • AFTER ALL, HE WAS THE HEBREW OF THE HEBREWS.
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  • HE KEPT THE LAW.
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  • HE WAS A ZEALOT FOR HIS FAITH.
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  • HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET
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  • INTO HEAVEN, BUT ONE DAY ON THE ROAD TO
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  • DAMASCUS HIS CONFRONTATION WITH JESUS CHRIST
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  • FACE-TO-FACE CHANGED HIS OPINION OF HIMSELF.
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  • WHEN HE SAW THE PERFECTION, THE HOLINESS OF JESUS,
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  • HE REALIZED HE WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH.
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  • AND FROM THAT POINT ON PAUL'S PRAYER WAS THIS.
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  • HE SAID IT IN PHILIPPIANS 3:9: MY PRAYER IS:
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  • "THAT I MIGHT BE FOUND IN CHRIST, WITH
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  • HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOT HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS
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  • OF MY OWN DERIVED FROM KEEPING THE LAW,
  • 00:22:50.210 --> 00:22:53.210
  • BUT THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COMES FROM GOD
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  • ON THE BASIS OF FAITH IN CHRIST."
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  • WHAT ABOUT YOU?
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  • WHAT GARMENT DO YOU WANT TO BE WEARING ON
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  • THE DAY YOU STAND BEFORE GOD IN JUDGMENT?
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  • DO YOU WANT TO BE WEARING YOUR OWN GOOD
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  • WORKS, HOPING, HOPING GOD'S GOING
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:14.200
  • TO CHANGE HIS MIND AND LOWER HIS STANDARDS?
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  • OR DO YOU WANT TO BE DRESSED IN
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  • THE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST?
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  • IT'S A CHOICE YOU HAVE TO MAKE BEFORE YOU DIE.
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  • IF YOU WAIT UNTIL AFTER YOU DIE - IT'S TOO LATE.
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