I am a sinner – I sin in thought, word, and deed. Over and over, everyday, that is my nature, that is who I am.
On my own I will never enter heaven’s gate. It is only through Him, Jesus, who suffered and died for sin, that all are saved.
Jesus came once. He shared God’s love with those around Him. His perfect deeds and instructions are recorded for all mankind to receive His blessing of eternal life. Our opportunity to partake in salvation from the savior of the world is available for the asking.
Jesus prepared the way for us; by choice we are one breath away from eternal life or eternal damnation.
In order to better follow Jewish culture and show respect for God’s name, Matthew, the author of the book Matthew, chose to use heaven instead of God in his message. He understood Jewish reverence for the name God, for this reason Jews avoided mentioning His sacred name.
The Apostle Matthew was himself Jewish, and a former tax collector by trade. Tax collectors were despised for being cheats. Sitting in their tax booths while working for Rome, they extorted monies from the locals. Any money they collected over and above what Roman government required, they kept for themselves. Continue reading →