If you have already trusted in Christ as your personal Savior, you can rejoice in
your future life; for when you die, you will go to be with Him. And, because we
never know when the Lord will call us from this life, we should pray, as Moses
prayed in Psalm 90, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart
of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We just don’t know when or how we might die. It
might be in an accident; it might be the natural result of old age; it might be the
result of an illness, like cancer; it might be the result of an act of violence; it might
be in our sleep. The Scripture clearly warns us against presuming on the future
(e.g., Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-16; see also Luke 12:15-21).
However, maybe you are reading this today and realize that your sin has separated
you from a holy God, and that you are headed for everlasting punishment. It’s not
too late to change your destination. Trust in Jesus today as your Savior, and you won’t need to fear ending up with the lost in hell. As mentioned above, we never know when the Lord will call us from this life. You may live for 70 or 80 years, or even longer; on the other hand, you might die today or tomorrow or next month or next year. You never know when the Lord will call you. Are you ready? You can be. How do you get “ready”? You can’t earn it. It’s not through our own works or righteousness, but solely by faith upon the merits of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul wrote: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV).
Renowned professor of systematic theology, Robert P. Lightner tells us that, “Personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone as Savior is the one and only condition for human salvation. Over one hundred times in the New Testament, faith in Christ, for those who are capable of exercising it, is made the one human requirement for receiving eternal life” (Sin, the Savior, and Salvation: The Theology of Everlasting Life, pg. 159).
Yes, the Bible is straightforward in its message and the Gospel it presents is clear and simple.
God is Sovereign; He is the holy and loving Creator of the world. He created all things for His good pleasure (Revelation 4:11; Psalm 100:3). But man who was created in God’s image to love and serve Him willfully sinned and rebelled against God and now stands under God’s just condemnation and wrath (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:18; Romans 3:10-12, 23). However Christ, who is the perfect and eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life, and shed His blood upon the cross, dying in our place and rising again on the third day so that we may have forgiveness and the fellowship with His Father that our sin prohibited (1 Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 53:5).
Our response to this is to repent and believe. When we repent, we are turning from our rebellion and sin to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, with a desire to live God’s way. When we believe, we are trusting alone in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; we trust in nothing of our own (works included), but only in the complete and finished work of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16, 36; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The sacrifice that Jesus made is available to all, with the added security that these who believe have eternal life (John 5:24; John 10:27-28). We invite you to accept God’s invitation of grace and partake of His free gift of eternal life.
If you have never trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you can do so today in the quiet of your own heart. Then you, too, can rejoice that you will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. If you wish to confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, sincerely pray this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you have died for my sins. Through your death and resurrection, please forgive my sins, grant to me your righteousness, and give to me the gift of eternal life. As best I know how I trust you to be my Savior and Lord.
If you have sincerely prayed this prayer and trusted in Jesus for salvation, we would love to know of your decision and to provide you with further resources to help you be discipled in your new life in Christ. Please take time to call or write us today at: Personal Freedom Outreach • P.O. Box 26062 • Saint Louis, MO 63136-0062 • (314) 921-9800.
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