Summary: Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you so completely morally pure that you do not fear judgement? How can anyone know that they can be saved? Only by trusting in Christ and His merits.

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Jude verses 20-25

Snatched from the fire

One day a young boy sat in a pew at church,

listening attentively to the sermon on the consequences of the fall into sin.

His eyes grew wide as the pastor’s voice rose while he quoted from Genesis 3:19; “You are dust and to dust you shall return.”

The sermon made a big impression on the boy.

Later that same day the boy’s mother heard a yell from her son’s bedroom.

She went running up the stairs and he met her halfway.

“Mum”, he said with great concern,

“Do you remember that the preacher said that we are dust

and to dust we will return?

Well, I just looked under my bed and someone is either coming or going!”

It’s quite amusing but Scripture does say that the first man was made from dust.

Adam was not born from a mother’s womb.

Genesis 2 tells us “The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground

and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life

and the man became a living creature.”

He was in every regard a perfect creature,

because God had breathed life into him and bestowed His image upon him,

and in the very beginning everything was very good,

not least mankind’s relationship with God our Creator.

Unfortunately it did not last.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command.

They allowed themselves to be manipulated by Satan.

They thought there was some sort of special knowledge to be received,

and there was; Adam and Eve did not know about sin or the consequence of sin.

And because of the devil, they got what they wanted; further knowledge;

the knowledge that one day they would know what it is to die!

And they came to know what we know; that life is cursed by sin and evil.

And they learned that a perfect life lived in the glorified image of God

can be forfeited,

because the day would come when they would return to the dust

from which they came.

We will all go back to the dust from whence we came,

but not all will be the same kind of dust.

Those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ will be “gold dust”,

because on day God will gather our remains,

every one of our particles whether we were buried or cremated,

and we will be put back together;

not just as we were in physical life, but better.

We will be resurrected into the glory in which mankind once was.

We will be re-made in His presence; we will be perfect.

What makes the difference between being just like the rest of the dust

and dirt of the earth

and being as gold dust?

Certainly not our thoughts or words or deeds,

because every human being has sinned

ever since that first awful sin in the Garden of Eden,

we now possess that knowledge that Adam and Eve

came to know,

that our human condition is fallen

and without Christ we cannot please God.

We thought there was something that God was not sharing

and we desired further blessings,

as if God in His benevolence was not loving us enough.

And don’t we still today question the suffering in the world and blame God?

In what way can we be set apart from the average sinner? Or can we?

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