In Is this Poverty? Part 3, I am concluding this series. My goal when I began was to challenge perceptions on poverty, especially in the United States, all the while knowing I was going to conclude this way. To begin with I am going to share some timeless questions.
Who are we?
Where do we come from?
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
The way one answers these questions influences or better yet, determines how they will live their lives. So with such gravity weighing in on these questions, it would be a good idea to try and figure out the answers.
I would like to share some things:
Man is a sinner. In regular terms-man does bad things all the time. For example, we lie daily (yep, even if it is for kindness in response to a "do I look fat?" question). We are poor in action and deed, even though we try to be good.
Is it poverty that we cannot live without lying? It is in God's eyes, For the wages of sin is death...(Romans 6:23) Yet God offers a gift...and the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23)
Is it poverty that we live the way we do and are still loved? No. God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Is it poverty that one that hears His Holy Word shall then have eternal life? No, for God says :Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come to condemnation: but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
Is it poverty to ask how to become one of His, and be saved? No it is not and God shares how one can be one of His. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16: 30-31)
Is it poverty to accept the words given to us by our Lord? No as in these words you will have eternal life. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31)
Is it poverty to believe that God indeed sent His Son to us? No, as he told us he sent the Son for us so we may have eternal life. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the Son of God. (1 John 5:10-13)
Is it poverty to confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe? No, as He tells us that it is not poverty to confess to Him and believe...That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
Is it poverty to be included for salvation? No it is not, because whosoever means anyone, anywhere, anytime. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
You see in 2 Corinthians we are told this: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, thou he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8: 9)
This is poverty.
The middle cross that Christ was on that bore the sins of mankind is poverty. We are not poor because our Saviour took everything upon Him. If we do not recognize, nor accept the gift freely given, we shall indeed understand something far worse than poverty. We shall understand what Hell really is.
I pray that my readers understand that none of us know when we will die and death is forever. The four questions I asked earlier in this post are very real and most if not all of us have wondered about them. I have taken the time to share about real poverty because once one is dead there is no turning around to tell anyone what it is like. The gambling person may decide to take upon themselves that risk. If you would like to know more, have questions, or wish for us to mail you a free Bible, please leave a comment. I will not publish any comments that are asking for a Bible or that have private questions.