Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Where will you be after you die?

Many who read this blog are my friends and acquaintances; and I am inclined to believe that most of these are Christians already. But it may be that you have somehow come to this corner of cyberspace uncertain of your eternal destiny. Where will you be after you die?

We learn in Romans 3:23 that "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." All of us are sinners. And the consequences of this are not good; Romans 6:23a further states that "The wages of sin is death." This is not merely referring to physical death, which we cannot avoid; but to eternal death—eternal separation from God in a place of endless torment, the place called Hell. This is the problem.

God has provided the perfect solution to this problem; it is called salvation! The second part of Romans 6:23 states "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Salvation—eternal life—is a gift, provided by Jesus Christ! We cannot earn it and we cannot deserve it. Romans 5:8 clarifies this by saying that "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." It was His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection which made it possible for the penalty of our sins to be paid, and for us to receive not eternal death but eternal life, with Him, in Heaven. Praise the Lord!

Each and every person on this earth can receive this gift. Romans 10:13 makes it clear: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Whosoever really does mean you! Revelation 3:20 makes this clear also. It is not hard to do, as we learn in Romans 10:9-10: "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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

How can you accept the gift of salvation? You must put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. Even a child can do that—and many have. It is indeed only a child-like faith which is required. There is no special incantation or magic set of words; simply pray humbly in faith. You could, for example, say something like this:

Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I put my faith in you as my Savior, and I believe that you can give me eternal life. Please give me your gift of salvation, and make me one of Your children.
It is a simple act. My prayer is that everyone who reads this blog either has accepted Christ's gift of salvation or that they will today. Please contact me if I can be of any help to you.

1 comment:

Roger said...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I sometimes take too glibly the notion of my being a sinner. I've been a Christian a long time and it just slips off the tongue so easily in a gospel presentation. But I have realized again recently that we were in rebellion against the king and He had every right to dispose of us immediately. But in His mercy and grace and kindness He bore the punishment which He had sentenced against me. And now because He became sin for me, I have been given His very righteousness and have been declared just. Amazing!