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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Heaven Or Hell…Which One Will You Choose?

          Are you going to heaven or to hell?  The Bible teaches that many seemingly good people are going to hell, because “…all have sinned…” (Romans 3:23) “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Sin has a price.  The Bible states, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)
          You might be wondering what happens to people who die in their sins.  The Bible teaches that “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27) “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
          Is there any hope?  Yes!  God sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, into the world to pay the penalty for your sins.  “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.” (John 3:16) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
          The Bible tells us that God desires to save everyone.  God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9b)  Jesus said: “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)  Do you want to be saved?  The Bible teaches that there are several things you must do in order to be saved.
          First, you must realize there is nothing you can do to make yourself worthy of heaven.  “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5)
          Secondly, you must repent of your sins.  “…God …now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30) Repentance is a change of heart which causes you to turn toward God and away from your present way of life.
          The third thing that you must do is believe “…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)
          The last thing that you must do is to receive Christ as your personal Saviour.  “But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
          Salvation is free to all who will place their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  “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 way to be saved is so simple!  Yet many refuse to be saved.  They will not accept Jesus Christ alone for salvation from sin and its penalty.  They refuse to believe that the Lord Jesus is powerful enough to save them by Himself.  Do you?
          Heaven or hell—which one will you choose?  Jesus Christ awaits your choice.  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  (John 3:36).  Will you admit you are a sinner?  Do you want to be forgiven and your life changed?  Will you humble yourself and pray to God right now, asking Jesus Christ to save you?  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and 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.” (Romans 10:9).  “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).
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