Some people have heard the Gospel so many times it hardly moves them anymore. At first their conscience was stirred, but after years of putting off their own salvation, some have come to the place of not caring for their souls, at all. There are others who will hear the Gospel today, and will feel their own conscience tell them today is the day for giving my life to God. Today is the day to make my choice to follow Jesus with my whole heart. Please don’t be like those who say okay, but tomorrow. My friends, tomorrow may never come. Today is the day of Salvation.
Many go through life never thinking about death. It is always something that happens to others. Especially when you’re young, and full of life, death is the furthest thing from your mind. And yet, there are approximately 6,744 deaths in the US per day, and 2,461,560 average per year.
The most sure thing you can count on in life, is death. It will happen to us all. There is no avoiding it, no way to get around it. Death is a part of life. So why think about it? If death is inevitable, why worry?
Many do not know there is a reason for death. It’s not just the inevitable ending to a life. Death is a consequence of a choice made.
Death entered the world through the sin of Adam and Eve. Death was the consequence of their sin.
Romans 5: 12-
“just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned”—
In other words, because of Adams sin, the curse of death was passed down to all mankind. Everyone is born under this curse of death. No one is exempt. You will die.
Not only was man cursed with death, but all of creation has suffered because of Adams sin.
Then God said to Adam, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you will eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Sin entered the world through Adam, not as some type of fallen nature that renders us incapable of choosing not to sin, but the penalty of Adams sin is passed on from generation to generation. The penalty was death, not a sinful nature. You have the choice today whom you will serve. It is up to you.
It is your choice. You choose between Heaven and Hell. You choose between eternal life and eternal death and separation from your Creator.
Just as Adam had a choice whether to sin or not, you and I have the same choice.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Everyone has sinned just as Adam and Eve, it was by choice. It was never about what the sin was, but the choice itself.
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”
Sin brought death into the world, and it is a sinless life that God requires to redeem man out from under the curse of death.
According to the Bible all have sinned, so there is no hope of deliverance from death, unless God Himself intervenes on man’s behalf.
God does intervene through His Own Son who overcame death and the grave – Jesus the Messiah of Israel, The Only Begotten of the Father, sent from above, who, according to Philippians 2:6-11, “although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus lived a sinless life in order to redeem man from the curse of death, and He says to you if you will believe on the Son of God, forsake your sins, and begin to follow after Him with your whole heart, you will be saved from eternal death and separation from God.
Just as there is no fellowship between light and darkness, neither is there with eternal life and sin. Many today believe that sin is not an issue because of the Grace of God, and they don’t even try to stop sinning. But it is sin that causes death. Death entered the world through sin.
It is your sin that keeps you from Eternal Life in the Kingdom of God. If you continue in your sins, whether you believe you are saved or not, the Bible says you will never be able to enter into Eternal Life, but only eternal separation and the darkness and fires of Hell for eternity, for to continue in sin is to reject the Grace of God. Salvation is conditional, the condition for salvation unto eternal life is repentance from your sins, and turning to follow the Son of God unto everlasting life.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9,10
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17