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A “Nobody” In Hell, or “Who’s Who” In Heaven?


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Julian Pope

A “Nobody” In Hell, or “Who’s Who” In Heaven?

Had you ever noticed, in Luke 16:19-31, that the rich man in Hell is not named? When he was living, no doubt he was known far and near for his wealth, his lavish parties and, if they had such in those days, was listed in “Who’s Who.” But when he died, he was just a nobody in Hell!

By contrast, had you noticed that Lazarus is named? When he was living, I doubt if the rich man or any of his friends knew his name, being known only as the beggar. When he died, there were no hired mourners and I am sure he was buried without notice in a potter’s field. But when his spirit left his house of clay, he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom. A nobody on earth, but he knew the Lord, and now he is listed in “Who’s Who” in Heaven!

Which way have you chosen?

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THE SUPREME CHARACTERISTIC


 

Author: William Andrew Dillard

 

Parson to Person

In the comics, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck’s uncle, was extremely wealthy. He had a swimming pool filled with money into which he would gleefully dive and throw bills and coins into the air. Certainly, this is the antithesis of the spiritual world, but there is a comparison. Think with me about it.

From the essential, initial acquisition of the new birth, there flows a virtually endless bounty of spiritual blessings and acquisitions for the child of God. The Bible is simply chocked full of them, and they are all so good. They are good because they come from the Father of lights with whom there is no shadow of turning, and Who is the giver of every perfect gift. James 1:17

Identifying and amplifying on a list of these many things would take books of articles longer than this one. Yet, of all the things God has for His people to enjoy, the greatest is love. Love is extoled above charismatic gifts in the great love chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13.

Love is the core of Christianity: “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.” John 3:16 Thus, love is the foundational platform of the very possibility of our existence. But there is more!

When compared to other, great abiding characteristics, it is learned that faith is destined to end. It will give way to sight. Moreover, hope is also destined for extinction. It will give way to reality. But love is destined to never end. Why? Because, God is love! I John 4:8 Therefore, to love with a high and holy love as only God’s people among men can do, is to know and to share the very characteristic of God Himself. That love is life at its best, the evidence of God living and working in and through us.

Uncle Scrooge can have his pool of money. It is a fleeting, perishing part of a sinful world, but he who has true love enjoys a bit of heaven on earth, and is destined to know it in its fullest, uninterrupted form in eternity. I am ecstatic about being a Bible-believing Christian, enjoying the supreme characteristic!

 

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95 – April – 05 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


Not many noble are called”
1878 – Dr. William H. Brisbane, nobleman preacher of the gospel, died on this date.  Paul said, “…not many noble are called.”  Someone has said, “thankfully that ‘m’ is not an ‘a’ for ‘any’ or there would have been none of the upper class that would enter the kingdom.  It may be difficult but not impossible.  The Lord Jesus said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26).  Brisbane was born into aristocracy near Charleston, S.C. and became an heir to great wealth and position.  His early education was with the Roman Catholic, Bishop England and later with Rev. William Brantley, president of Beaufort College.  When but fifteen he was sent to a military school at Middletown, CT, from which he graduated with honors at eighteen.  Shortly thereafter he received Christ and felt the call to preach the gospel and it wasn’t long until he was in the front ranks of the Baptist ministry in the South.  His culture and wealth gave him access to important people such as Jackson, Calhoun, Clay, and Daniel Webster.  He spent a great deal of time in the State and nations capitals.  Because he was a large slave holder he became deeply involved in the most pressing issue of the day.  After struggling prayerfully over this question for years he came to the conclusion that slavery was morally and spiritually wrong and expended some of his wealth to purchase land in Ohio, and after buying back some of the slaves that he had sold, resettled them providing homes and abundant supplies.  He spent his last twenty-five years preaching the gospel of Christ in Wisconsin.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 139.
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