Which will be your eternal destination?
The most inevitable aspect of life is that of death and most of us think of our own death from time to time but with increasing intensity as we grow older.
Atheists believe that when the physical body expires, these is nothing just oblivion whilst some religions believe in reincarnation.
Christianity and Judaism however believe in the immortality of the soul.
What is the soul?
Dr Chuck Missler, Khouse.org likens the human soul to software in as much as software has no mass, it is weightless and it can be sent from one place to another.
Christians believe that upon the death of the physical body, the soul returns to God to be either welcomed or condemned. This judgement of condemnation is entirely dependant on the choice we make, whether WE except or reject the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only Son as our Lord and Saviour.
If we have rejected Jesus Christ during our lifetime, we will be condemned and this condemnation will result in us being sent to hell but if we accept Jesus Christ , our soul is welcomed by God upon death of the physical body and we will spend eternity with Him.
People often ask the question ‘How can a God of love and mercy condemn people to hell?’ We should understand that it isn’t God who makes this choice, it’s the individual.
God went to extreme lengths in sending His Son Jesus Christ to the world to pay the price of our sins on a wooden cross, 2000 years ago.
The Old Testament contains prophecy after prophecy of how Jesus would come into the world solely for the purpose of redeeming sinners thus saving those who believe in Him from paying the ultimate price for their sins.
This information is freely accessible to everyone of every race, creed and religion through the Holy bible, the inspired word of God.
John 3:16. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’
There fore acknowledging that Jesus Christ paid in full on the cross for our sins, believing in and following Him is the only way we may be spared from being condemned from spending eternity in hell.
What and where is Hell?
Hell is a real place outside our dimension of time and it is a place where there will forever be separation from God and all that is good. Hell is not a place of partying and good time; it is a place of eternal torment and unimaginable suffering.
Jesus gave us more warnings about hell than anything else and we must heed His warning.
What can we do to avoid being sent to hell?
Acts 4:12. ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’
Christianity is the only faith which provides us with a Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ. He came to earth from heaven, was born of the Virgin Mary and following His ministry which lasted just three and a half years, was crucified at Calvary on a wooden cross. Jesus endured the cross solely knowing that His death and the shedding of His innocent blood was the only way by which mankind could be saved. He paid the penalty for our sins, paid the price we should have paid in order that our sins could be forgiven
How can we know whether we are sinners?
With the exception of our Lord Jesus Christ every person who has ever lived and living now is a sinner.
Romans 3:23. ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’
Some people might claim to be sinless, might even consider themselves to be good, doing good work but the bible tells us that
Isaiah 64:6. ‘But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.’
Even our good work are as filthy rags to the Lord. There simply isn’t a single person who hasn’t lied; stolen, coveted, planned revenge for some real or imaginary slight, committed adultery, Jesus tells us that the thought is as bad as the deed.
Once we have admitted that we are all sinners, we must search the scriptures to discover what we must do to be saved.
Mark 1:4 ‘John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.’
Confession of sins
Even if we can’t remember our most recent sins, we must bring all our sin to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness.
John 1:9. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
John 1:9. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness.’
Repentance is the turning away from sin, being prepared to change ones life style and with a contrite heart asking the Lord to strengthen us as we turn from our sin and guide us in His ways. Then continuing our life and faith and at all times striving to resist the temptations of the world and exercising self control over our thoughts.
With repentance comes commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, promising to follow Him, to trust Him in all things and to publicly declare that Jesus is the Lord of our life.
The sinners prayer:
Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned against you and that my sins separate me from you. I am truly sorry. I now want to turn away from my past sinful life and turn to you for forgiveness. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
When I have done this, how will I know if I am saved?
Only God can see into a persons heart, only God can know if that person is truly contrite for their sins and only God can know whether a person is genuine in asking the Lord to come into his/her life. For this reason, it may be that repentance and seeking the Lord is better done in private.
Matthew 6:6. ‘But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.’
When I am saved, where will I spend eternity?
Just as an unrepentant sinner will spend eternity in hell, so a repentant sinner who has received the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity with Him.
John 14:2. ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may also be.’
The gift of faith
Once we have confessed our sin, repented and received Jesus as our Lord and our Saviour, we are given the precious gift of faith by the Holy Spirit who indwells us. Faith is a supernatural gift from God, it cannot be purchased, stolen or obtained in any other way except through God, it is a gift.
Hebrew 11:1. ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’
Once I have received the gift of faith, how can I ensure I don’t lose it?
Try thinking of your gift of faith as you would if you were given a much wanted plant. If the plant is not fed, watered and nurtured, it will wither and die, the precious gift of faith needs similar tending, feeding by the word of God this means reading and searching scriptures daily, praying in the Holy Spirit who now indwells us and having fellowships with other Christians from a bible believing church.
If you haven’t already given your life to the Lord Jesus Christ don’t delay a moment longer.
The Lord Jesus Christ will very soon be returning to reign on earth for 1000 years. According to the scriptures, this age is drawing to a close and will culminate with a three and a half year period known as the Great Tribulation. Christians will be taken out of the world during this terrible time on earth and will return with Jesus after the Great Tribulation for His 1000 year reign on earth.
Thessalonians 4:13. ‘But I do not want to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.’
We really are living in the end times so there is no time to delay making the decision to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your life. Remember if we do not make a decision to receive Jesus and trust in Him as our Lord and Saviour, we are in effect choosing our eternal destiny in hell, the Lord doesn’t want anyone to go to hell but He leaves the choice to us.
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