Where will you be... in 1000 years?
The fact is that God's Word tells us that we will be somewhere
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and
seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said,
Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the
tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in
this flame. - Luke 16:23-24
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent
from the body, and to be present with the Lord. - 2 Corinthians 5:8
Here are five simple truths:
1. Everyone is a sinner.
[Romans 3:10] "As it is written, There is none righteous, no,
[Romans 3:23] "For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God" No matter what our religious background, we all find
ourselves short of the standard that God has set for us.
2. There is a price for that sin.
[Romans 6:23] "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
[Revelation 21:8] "But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." As frightening as
it may seem, God's Word declares that all of us have sinned enough to
merit the punishment of Hell.
3. You cannot pay that price.
[Ephesians 2:8-9]"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
[Romans 3:28] "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified
by faith without the deeds of the law."
[Galatians 2:21] "I do not frustrate the grace of God:
for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. " There
is not one deed we can do, not one rite to perform, not one law we could
keep that has the ability to pay for one sin that we have committed. The
only hope that we have is to find cleansing apart from the Law or man's
idea of self-redemption.
4. Jesus paid that price.
[Romans 5:8] "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
[John 3:16] "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." Jesus paid the price for the sins of the world,
now it is up to you what you do with this free gift.
5. You must personally accept this gift.
It is time to transfer your trust from your own effort, works, religion,
or intentions and realizing that these are a futile attempt to pay for
sin, trust in Jesus Christ and his finished works alone for payment of
[Hebrews 6:1b] "...let us go unto perfection; not laying
against the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward
[Romans 10:13] " For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved."
If you wish to personally receive this free gift, then
go to God and accept it with a prayer like this:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve
to go to Hell, but I also know that You died in my place, taking
the punishment that I deserved. I now accept that free gift, the
payment for my sins through Your shed blood. Save me from my sins,
and take me to heaven. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.