WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?
What could possibly be more important than TRUTH?
What is truth? – Truth is what corresponds to reality.
Jesus Christ said: “…To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37)
Consider these questions- both need a truthful answer:
Where did we (human beings) come from?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)
An ancient book (the Holy Bible) claims to be the “Word of God”- It has been miraculously preserved for thousands of years. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16 ) This book gives a stunning description of reality in its very first lines; Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Time, space, and matter were created by the eternal and self-existing God.)
The most basic component of life is information. Information must come from an intelligent sender. Life cannot come from non-life! The Bible reveals the true origin of human life in Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
The Scriptures describe the One True God as an immaterial, eternal, self-existent, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, triune (one God eternally manifested in three Persons- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), just, righteous, holy, loving, and personal Being. “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king…” (Jeremiah 10:10) This One True God is a maximally great being; He is the Creator of all things!
What is our ultimate destiny?
The Bible says in Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Despite the frailty of life and the certainty of eventual death, it is obvious that human beings are more than the sum of their parts. We are eternal beings. What is our ultimate destiny?
God’s Word (the Bible) clearly explains that human existence does not end with physical death. “… it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)
The Bible also explains that there is a way for you to know God and experience eternal life. What if the Bible is telling the truth about your origin and destiny?
Please carefully consider these Bible truths-
1. You have broken God’s perfect law.
The Creator of the Universe (God) has revealed Himself to mankind. The Bible says in Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”
God is totally righteous. The Bible says in Psalm 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.”
In Ecclesiastes 12:13, the Bible says: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
The Bible says in Romans 3:10, 23 “…There is none righteous, no, not one:” “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Everyone has sinned by disobeying God’s commands. In James 2:10, the Bible says: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” No matter how good you consider yourself to be, you are a sinner, guilty before the Holy God.
2. There is a penalty for your sin.
The Bible says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…” Not only are you a sinner, but there is a penalty for your sin. God is completely righteous. He is totally just. He cannot allow sin to go unpunished. God’s holiness demands that sin be judged. The penalty for sin is spending eternity separated from God in a real place of fiery torment. Revelation 21:8 says: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Because of your sin you are headed for eternal separation from God in a real place of fiery torment. Your good deeds cannot provide an escape from God’s judgment. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
3. The Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty of your sin and made it possible for you to have eternal life.
The true Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. The Bible says of Jesus Christ, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) The Scripture says in Philippians 2:7-8 (speaking of Jesus Christ): “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” The Lord Jesus Christ left the perfection of Heaven and came to this earth to provide a way for you to experience eternal life with Him. Jesus Christ said of Himself: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
The Bible says in Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The Lord Jesus Christ (being God) is totally perfect; yet, He willingly gave Himself to pay the penalty of your sin. He suffered, shed His precious blood, and died on the cross for the sin of every human being. Referring to Christ, the Bible says in Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” The Scripture also says of Christ in I Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” Three days after He died and was buried, the Lord Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead. “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6) “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs…” (Acts 1:3)
The wonderful truth is that “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; …he was buried, and …he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…” (I Corinthians 15:3-4) Because the Lord Jesus Christ is alive, you can have eternal life. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ made it possible for you to escape eternal punishment and spend forever in the presence of God. Jesus Christ said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Eternal life cannot be earned or obtained by any amount of good deeds. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)
Eternal life is a free gift offered to you by God. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” There is one thing, however, that must happen in order for you to be able to take possession of this eternal life.
4. You must place your trust in the true Lord Jesus Christ for salvation in order to receive eternal life.
The Bible says in Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” You can be reconciled to God and experience eternal life! All you must do is make the decision to place your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. “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.” (Romans 10:9-10) Head knowledge of the facts will not save you. There must be a definite time when you recognize your guilt before God and then place your trust in Jesus Christ, receiving Him by faith as your only way to have eternal life. Genuine faith in Christ is not wishful thinking nor simply accepting a proposition- it is a conscious decision to trust the true Lord Jesus Christ alone as your only hope of salvation because of His actual death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord Jesus Christ offers you forgiveness of your sin and eternal life as a free gift. “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) This eternal life cannot be received from a religious system or an organization (church). It cannot be obtained through performing religious rituals or doing good deeds. It can only be received by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. God promises to save anyone who sincerely asks Him for salvation. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) If you realize that you are a sinner deserving eternal punishment, but that Jesus Christ died for you and rose from the dead, then why not trust Jesus Christ as your only Savior today? You can make this most important decision right now! Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and trust Him alone for your salvation! Receive Him as your personal Savior from the penalty of sin! The Bible says in John 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
If you make the decision to place your trust in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation, the Bible says that you will be immediately reconciled to God and receive eternal life that cannot be lost! The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47)
“He that hath the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior) hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (I John 5:12)
“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…” (I John 5:13)
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)
Whoever trusts the true Lord Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation will be immediately reconciled with God and receive eternal life that cannot be lost!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)