“I’m Not Concerned About Where I Will Spend Eternity If I Died Right Now!!! But My Spirit Is Concerned That There Are Many Who Really Don’t Know Where They Will Spend Eternity If They Died Today!!!! Do You Really Know?”
We Don’t Accidentally Go To Heaven!!!!!
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
IF YOU KEEP ON LIVING, YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE HERE!!! WHERE WILL YOU GO?
When we hear about natural disasters in the news, many don’t believe it can happen to them. Tsunami’s, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire, droughts, and floods. We all must realize that we can leave this world at any time. We don’t know if it’s going to be old age, disease, accident, or any number of other not-fun-to-talk-about options. One thing we must remember and that is death can come in many ways and at any time. There is no guarantee that we will live to be eighty or one hundred years old. There is no guarantee we will be here the next second, minute, hour, or tomorrow. So, the question is If You Died Today, Where Will You Spend Eternity?
MY FRIENDS THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS (WE ARE TALKING ETERNITY)
Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity If You Died Today? Today Is The Day Of Salvation!!!
This is a question about which we cannot afford to be wrong, because eternity is very permanent. Everyone of us have two appointments that have already been made for us and that we will definitely keep. They are, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Cor. 5:10). "For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" (Romans 14:10). There will also be the judgment of the lost: Rev. 20:11-15. It is called the "Great White Throne Judgment”. These two appointments: death and judgment cannot be canceled; we will keep them. The Bible says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12). Our feelings are not a safe guide, but only the Bible is. We must not make an error concerning our eternal salvation in following what "seems right" to us, or that we "feel in our hearts we are saved”. The Lord doesn’t want anyone to be lost. God "desires all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). If one is lost in Hell, he will only have himself to blame. This earthly life is so short, but eternity is forever and ever without end. My friends, most people believe they are going to heaven because they believe in God, they attend a local building every Sunday, or they try to live a good life. Sad to say, many of these people are hoping they will make it to heaven, they do not know. The Bible teaches that you can know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Accountability (Judgments To come)
The Bible tells us of two judgments: The judgment of the lost: Rev. 20:11-15. It is called the "Great White Throne Judgment". The judgment of the saved: I Cor. 3:10-23, II Cor. 5:10-11. It is called the BEMA judgment, which is the Greek word for "Judgment Seat." The bible teaches us of two Judgment events in our future. Of which every person stands before only one. We either stand before the judgment seat of Christ (for the Christians), or we stand before the Great White throne Judgment (for the non Christians). In each case, our lives our examined and we are held accountable for ever word and action. The difference in the first is that the Christians are judged according to how they lived for God, and receive rewards accordingly, and then are granted eternal life of peace and beauty forever in the presence of God. In the latter judgment (not attended by Christians) many will be judged for having rejected our creator in deeds, body and spirit. And being a Good, Holy, honest and just judge, the only sentence from Him - is guilty.
There Is A Penalty For Sin (Sin Will Not Go Unpunished)
My friends the bible says that Christ will be revealed from heaven with his angels: 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; we all know that wages are something we earn. By our sin, we have earned death.
LETS LOOK AT ROMANS 6:23 (VERY IMPORTANT)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. This verse says that eternal life is a gift. You see, eternal life cannot be earned, it must be accepted as a free gift. 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 boast. Titus 3:5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Faith is simply believing what God has said. God, being a loving Father, wants to have a relationship with you. Since you are separated from Him by your unrighteousness, he will count your faith for righteousness so that you can have a personal relationship with Him! Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
But how did God provide for this free gift of eternal life? How do I receive this free gift of eternal life? If God will count my faith for righteousness, what do I need to have faith in? Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When the Bible says that “Christ died for us,” it means that Jesus Christ died in our place. We saw earlier how the payment for sin is death. Christ has already paid that payment for you.2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus Christ “knew no sin.” Since he was God, he never sinned. Since he was not a sinner, he did not owe the payment for sin, death. But he chose to die to pay your debt so that you could be “justified”, or declared righteous, by God.
THE GOSPEL BY WHICH WE ARE SAVED
1 Corinthians 15:3,4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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: Once again, these verses show that Christ did not die for his own sins, but for OUR sins. He didn’t have any sin of his own to pay for, so he chose to pay for your sin. This is how God showed his love for us. He died for us so that we could have righteousness and eternal life as a free gift. But that’s not all. If He had only died, this would not have been enough. Not only did He die, but He also “rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Christ’s resurrection purchased victory over death and proved that He was truly God. It is on the basis of Christ’s resurrection that God can offer you newness of life. Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE GIFT?
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Hearing my friends; you have to hear the gospel that Christ died for your sins and that salvation is a free gift. The next thing my friend is Believing, you have to believe the gospel. My friends the question is do you believe the gospel? For those who have not accepted the free gift of salvation, the question is do you believe that you are a sinner and that you cannot earn salvation? Do you believe that because of your sin you are deserving of eternal judgment in the lake of fire? Do you believe that Jesus Christ gave his life for you so that you can have eternal life with him? My friends there is no work involved, all you have to do is trust. Trusting the gospel means that you have made the decision to rely completely on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the full payment for your sins. Please!!! Please!!! remember that you are saved by trusting in the gospel, not by saying a prayer or going down in water. You are not saved by going to a building every Sunday. God is concerned with the condition of your heart, not some words that you recite or some manmade tradition. Remember we are not saved by works but saved unto good works. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
YOUR ANSWER CAN BE YES WITHOUT A DOUBT IF YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE GOSPEL TODAY!!!!!!
My friends if you have placed your trust in the gospel, you are now eternally saved. Nothing can change that. My friends look at this GUARANTEE Romans 8:38,39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Bible says that you are now sealed with the Holy Spirit and are a member of the Body of Christ. No one, not even you, can now separate you from God’s love. You can now know, based on the Word of God, that you have eternal life. And since you didn’t do anything to earn eternal life, you don’t have to follow any list of rules and regulations to keep eternal life.
Salvation: Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity?
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study