¶ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
||I was asked the
following question: "Could
you please tell
me what the Bible says about identity of the "self" in a philosophical
sense? Right now I'm thinking about people's quest for a true definition
of the self in different cultures in the light of the Lord."
begin to see the importance of ourselves when we realize that the God of
heaven sent His own Son to take what we deserve so we can have what He
deserves (John 3:16; Rom.
5:8). The price paid is beyond our understanding. On the cross, Jesus
faced eternal hopelessness, disconnected from the Father. Of course heaven
will be a place of purity so people who choose evil won't be there (Rev.
22:15). This seems like a great obstacle but we find that God not only
holds a high standard but he helps us commit to it (Phil.
4:13). Will we be perfect in the sense that God is perfect? No, but
we may be perfect in human nature as God is in divine nature (Matt.
5:48). And we are even promised a portion of the divine nature (2
Peter 1:4). And our unintentional imperfections are covered by the
privilege of forgiveness (1
John 1:9; 2:1).
Of course we have a part in our salvation (Eph.
2:8-10). Although we do not earn it, faith in the gift opens the way
for God to give it to us. We may claim divine strength (Isa.
27:5) to lay aside those habits that make us unfit for heaven (Heb.
12:1; 1 Peter 2:1)
and we must keep our thoughts on Christ. We consider others more highly
than ourselves (Phil.
2:3; Mark 9:35)
Then, in humility, we carry our cross as Jesus carried His to Calvary (Luke
9:23). That means being willing to die rather than knowingly disobey
we are expected to feel the importance of our privilege to walk with Christ,
not in conceit but in humility, while feeling good about ourselves (Matt.
7:12). In God's great love and justice, those who would not be happy
in the pure atmosphere of heaven will not be there. They will die the second
death never to be resurrected. This is different from what most Christians
believe but it's what the Bible teaches (Mal.
20:9; "forever" does not mean "without end" Jude
7; Ex. 21:6; Jonah
2:6; 1 Sam.
1:22). All this shows us the greatness of the creator God. Ted