As children we had superheros. Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc.
I remember them. They fought for right (good) and against wrong (evil).
Some of them (Batman and Robin) fought for the government (Commissioner).
We have some Superheros of our own who fights for righteousness and against evil.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; this one was in the beginning with God; all things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that hath happened. In him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it.
1 John 1:1-10 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands did handle, concerning the Word of the Life - and the Life was manifested, and we have seen, and do testify, and declare to you the Life, the age-during, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us - that which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that ye also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ; and these things we write to you, that your joy may be full. And this is the message that we have heard from Him, and announce to you, that God is light, and darkness in Him is not at all;
If we may say - ‘we have fellowship with Him,’ and in the darkness may walk - we lie, and do not the truth; and if in the light we may walk, as He is in the light - we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son doth cleanse us from every sin;
if we may say - ‘we have not sin,’ ourselves we lead astray, and the truth is not in us; if we may confess our sins, steadfast He is and righteous that He may forgive us the sins, and may cleanse us from every unrighteousness;
if we may say - ‘we have not sinned,’ a liar we make Him, and His word is not in us.
Other names for good are: Righteousness, truth, light, The Light, Jesus Christ, God, The Holy Spirit and Heaven;
Other names for evil are: Unrighteousness, lies, liar, Sin, darkness, Satan, devil and Hell;
You are a sinner!
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This is really bad news.
It means we are separated from God and from Heaven.
The good new starts NOW.
Romans 3:24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
That means God wants YOU, YES YOU.
The verse says that God does NOT want you to perish (this means to perish spiritually, not physically) BUT He wants everybody, including YOU, to come to repentance.
What is repentance? It is a U Turn.
We were born without sin.
We have sinned and thus wronged God.
We need to turn from that sin and give our lives to God.
The very next verse adds URGENCY.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
God IS promising physical death and destruction.
When God arrives you will NOT have your alarm clock, or cell phone, to warn you.
When God arrives you will NOT have a chance to decide to become a believer.
When God arrives you had better be ready - spiritually clean!
Are you looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells?
2 Peter 3:11-13 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This is really good news.
It means we are NO LONGER separated from God and from Heaven.
I. God can be your Superhero;
II. God wants you!
III. God sent His son to die on a cross for you that you might have a full relationship with God and a new home in Heaven.
IV. God wants our joy to be full.
V. God IS promising physical death and destruction.
VI. There is an urgency because the death and destruction will come as a thief in the night.
VII. Salvation is available NOW!
VIII. Your room in Heaven is being prepared BUT you must act NOW to receive it.
IX. IF we may confess our sins, steadfast He is and righteous that He may forgive us the sins, and may cleanse us from every unrighteousness;