"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."- John 3:16-17

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Where Are You Going To Spend Eternity?

   If you were to die right now, do you know whether you would go to heaven or to hell for all eternity?  The Bible, the Word of God, says that you can know.

   I am asking you the most important question of your entire life.  Your answer will determine where you will spend eternity!  The question is:  Are you saved?  The question is not if you are a member of a church, but are you saved?  It is not if you are leading a good life, but are you saved?  It is not if you are working on it or hoping to be, but are you saved?  The Bible says:  "...we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

   To be saved, you first must admit that you are a sinner.  "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:...there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Romans 3:10,12)  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)  Your sins have made you fall short of God's glory, and you are unable to meet His requirements for getting into heaven.

   Secondly, you need to realize that someone loved you and died for you.  Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for your sins and to give you an opportunity to go to heaven.  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)  When Jesus died on the cross, His blood paid the penalty for your sins.  "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" (Colossians 1:14)

   Realize that you cannot do anything to earn or help earn your way to heaven.  Jesus already completely paid for it when He died on the cross.  Just before He died He said, "...It is finished:" (John 19:30)  He now wants to give you a home in heaven.  "...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

   You must realize that when Jesus saves you, it is forever.  Jesus did not stay dead.  He arose from the grave and is now alive in heaven interceding for those who have trusted in Him.  "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)  "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25)

   By faith, receive Jesus Christ.  Jesus died to give the gift of eternal life to everyone.  However, like all other gifts, this one is of no value unless you receive it for yourself.  "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12)  Faith is a complete trust.

   The Bible says you are "saved through faith" without needing to add anything else.  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)  The only faith that saves is complete faith in Jesus Christ.  "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,..." (Acts 16:31)  Anything that you try to add to faith is "works."  "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." (Romans 3:28)

   If you are willing to stop trying to get to heaven your way, and completely trust Jesus Christ, then you can be saved right now!  It's now up to you!  Pray to God in your own words, and admit to Him that you are a guilty sinner who deserves hell, but that with all your heart, you believe Jesus Christ can save you from hell and change your way of life.  The Bible says,  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved...For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9,13)

   If you have chosen not to admit your guilt and to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please read what the Bible says "...he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)  Please don't reject the Gospel- trust Christ today!  :o)


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