The New Testament speaks about two kinds of people; those who are saved by the blood of Jesus, and the lost, condemned to hell. Scripture makes no apology for the absence of a middle ground: you are either in (the kingdom of heaven), or you are not. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, meaning every human being is a condemned sinner in the eyes of a Holy and perfect God. From the moment of our conception in the womb, each of us is “out”; unworthy to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Humans have an inherent, fallen nature, going all the way back to Creation, and the original sin of Adam and Eve. Continuing in Romans 8:5-8, we read, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” ESV. The King James Version translates Verse 7 as, “Because the carnal mind is enmity (lit. ‘enemy’) against God: for it is not subject the law of God, neither indeed can be.” The Apostle James, says, “…whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4). So there you have it; are you a friend or enemy of Jesus?
Blessings to all,