After my heart surgery we talked to our financial advisor. And he said we needed a will and to not put it off.
But if we get a will, which we should, it will do us no good if it’s not signed, notarized, and stored where it is accessible to the executor of our estate. If the will is lost it will not be effective. And the State takes over.
Our advisor also advised that we needed to set up a trust, which would protect our assets from the State.
In terms of our salvation – how do we make sure that we don’t lose the inheritance in Heaven that we look forward to? It’s the same process.
We have a will – it is the Grace of God, His forgiveness that He imparts to us. We signed this will when we were Baptized. The Notary Public was the Holy Spirit. Our will and intentions are stored with our attorney Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV) 19“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
When Jesus gave His life, He set up everything we need for eternal life. The Holy Spirit is with us all the time. Our name is already registered in Heaven. The Holy Spirit is also like Simon of Cyrene. He was an eye-witness and a burden-bearer. His two sons, Alexander and Rufus (Mark 15:21) were also witnesses, either in person or by the telling of Simon.
Rufus is also mentioned in Romans 16:13. They seem to be known by the wider church in the Roman Empire and would continue to authenticate the stories of Jesus, His crucifixion, and the First Century Church. Christians that are faithful to the church and the Gospel insure that the legacies of those Christians will serve to strengthen the church.
Not Only Jesus
It is not only Jesus who needs to know that we’re saved. It is those around us and those that follow us that need to know. Not knowing or having vain hopes about a loved one’s departure from this life cannot be enough. That is no more valid then a State Court being told what the deceased wishes for their estate are.
It is the determination of every souled-out Christian that their departure is only a mechanism for the growth of the church. Remember it’s not what we take with us – it’s what we leave behind.
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