Resurrection Sunday 1997

Resurrection Sunday 1997

Resurrection Sunday 1997Vintage message from Resurrection Sunday, March 30, 1997. (Please note: the beginning and end of this message were not a part of the original recording.)

A lot of people have asked, what is eternal life?…People will talk about this glorious place called heaven. People will talk about streets of gold. People will talk about mansions. ‘Oh, I want to go get my mansion!’ But did you hear what Jesus said eternal life was? Eternal life was, is, and always will be relationship with the Father and His Son Whom He sent. That’s eternal life…That place that we talk about of gold streets and mansions — it’s just another place, and it’s meaningless if the relationship with the Father is not there…
It says [Jesus] died for sin once, not many times, over and over and over again. He doesn’t have to do this again. Do you realize that the sin issue is dealt with. That there is no man, no woman, no child, no person that’s ever been on the face of this earth that will stand before God and God look at him and say, ‘Sorry, you can’t come into heaven because you’re a sinner.’ There’s only one reason that God will tell anyone, ‘Sorry, you can not come into heaven. You can not be there because you have not had relationship with Me.’ He’ll tell them, ‘Depart from Me. I never knew you.’ Remember? Heaven isn’t there. Heaven is Him. It’s that relationship…And if you don’t have that relationship now, you’re not going to have it then…
For all that Jesus did, the wages of sin is still death. Even though the sin issue has been dealt with, no man need to be separated from the Father because of sin any longer, but the wages of sin is still death. Sin brings separation. Death is not this physical body, but death is not having relationship with the Father…Do you realize now that if you enter into eternity and you are separated from Father, it is because you have willingly chosen to be separated from the Father? It is no longer because of the sin issue…We, today, have a choice. We do not have to die in our sin… Today there are people on this earth that are saying, ‘I do not want relationship with You.’ And those people do not understand that what they are saying is that they want the wages of sin. They want the death. They want the separation. They do not understand what that separation means.
Dave Elkins

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