Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
You are looking for God to “come into my heart.” Many people use that phrase, but what does it actually mean? Let’s look at this another way. God wants you to surrender your life to Him. Jesus explained what it means to be His disciple in Luke 14:25-33 and in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. King David had a relationship with God, but he experienced a deeper relationship when he truly repented as recorded in Psalm 51. I suggest you read these Scriptures and ask God to lead you in understanding His message. The next step would be to pursue water baptism as a symbol of God’s washing away of your sins and the laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit. Only through the Holy Spirit can God really live in our hearts and minds. You might find it helpful to read the UCG booklet The Road to Eternal Life. I pray that God will guide you on your journey.
The spirit of a human being is the life and consciousness God give us. Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 says that a human beings knows nothing after death. Both Jesus and Paul taught that death is “sleep.” (You can discover these verses with a Bible concordance). It is true that the spirit (life) of a person returns to God, but if what Jesus and Paul taught are to be taken literally, then the dead are unconscious until the resurrection. It is interesting that in the Bible numerous people were resurrected back to physical life but not one told what it was like in heaven.
The hope of the Christian is to be resurrected to spiritual life at the return of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15 gives details about this time.
I understand your point. Obviously, Christ’s sacrifice began when He divested Himself of His glory and power and the ultimate expression of His sacrifice is His death. My point in the article is to encourage Christians to explore everything that happened as Jesus fulfilled the role of Passover Lamb and instituted the New Covenant. When we study what He did and said on the night He met with His disciples, was betrayed, brutally tortured and killed the next day we can better understand who He is and why He is the way to salvation.
You pose a good question. To discover the answer I suggest you read Heaven or Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach? You can order a free copy to be sent to you or download it from the Beyond Today website. I encourage you to continue your Bible studies to find out what God wants for your life.