Beulah Baptist Church
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Where Will You Spend Eternity?

The Bible clearly tells us, "For the wages of sin is death...Romans 6:23. This death is eternal separation from God in a place the Bible calls Hell. The Bible describes as Hell as a place of eternal torment and fire, "where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:48. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23. This life is eternal fellowship with God in Heaven. Now consider this:
 
 
 
Where Will You Spend Eternity?
 
 
You've watched the Olympic games on TV and have observed the marathon race. The best runners in the world compete in the race. They condition hard for many years just for the opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics. And yet, only one runner can come away with the coveted gold medal. That runner believes that he or she could not have earned that gold medal without years of hard work and training.
 
We're all conditioned to believe that nothing in life is free; we must earn it! So, when we think of spiritual things, we apply this same logic: "If I'm going to live with God in heaven forever, I will have to be the best person I can be in this life. When I stand before God, I can hand Him my gold medal of achievement, and certainly He will let me into Heaven."Because man has sinned against God.
 
The Bible has something to say about attempting to reach Heaven through good deeds alone. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" Proverbs 14:12. Working your way to Heaven seems right, but God says it leads to death. Again, this is not just a physical death, but eternal separation from God. The Bible also says: "For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways says the LORD" Isaiah 55:8
 
Humanity's way to achieve eternal life is through religion, good works, morality, philosophy, and self-righteousness. Yet these ways all fall short of God's way. The Bible says: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23. The Bible also says: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done..." Titus 3:5.
 
The Bible points out that we all fall short of God's standard. We cannot save ourselves! Have you ever thought just how many times a day it is possible to sin?
 
Let's just suppose you sin only three times a day: once verbally by saying a wrong word, once mentally by thinking a wrong thought, and once physically by committing a wrong deed. Just three sins a day would be over a thousand sins a year. That would be over 70,000 sins in an average lifetime.
 
What if you were to stand before a judge in a court of law in your city with 70,000 crimes on your record? Would that judge let you go free? Would you expect the judge to be just and do what is right? Yes! You must not expect any less from God; for the Bible says: "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Genesis 18:25. God, the Judge of all the earth, is right 100% of the time.
 
We are all guilty before God. The Bible says, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and sins not" Ecclesiastes 7:20. God's Word further states that He "will by no means clear the guilty" Exodus 34:7. No one has ever reached Heaven based on their performance in this life. It is clear from Scripture, that because of your sin, you cannot make it into Heaven on the basis of your good works. Did you know eternal life is offered to you as a gift? 
 
God's way for you to go to Heaven is through the cross. 
Christ bore our sins on the cross. In ancient times the cross was used to execute people. Let's explain the significance of the cross this way: imagine your open hand holding the sum total of all your sins - past, present, and future. Your hand would hold the weight of around 70,000 sins, and that would be the absolute minimum. It would also include the sins of the whole world, from the beginning of time until the end of time. This would be an infinite number of sins. Within most people is a desire to live with God in Heaven forever, and hopefully, you have this longing. Now, think of your hand and the heaviness of the sins you hold. This separates you from God. Picture God placing all these sins on Jesus. The Bible tells us that God took your sins and the sins of the whole world and placed them all on Jesus the day He died on the cross.
 
He paid the debt for our sins on the cross. When Jesus said, "It is finished" John 19:30. He was saying "I have paid the debt of sin for the whole world." Now you don't have to pay a debt for your sins, because Jesus paid it; and has purchased, with His own blood, a place in Heaven for you, and all those who believe in Him. He not only purchased a place for you in Heaven, but Jesus said, "And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of MY hand" John 10:28. Only Someone who has life could give us eternal life. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears MY word, and believes on Him that sent Me, ha everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" John 5:24.
 
Those who reject Christ are condemned to eternal death in Hell, but those who accept Christ are given eternal life with God in Heaven. Eternal life must be received by saving faith at a point in time between birth and death. Saving faith is the only key that will ever unlock the door to Heaven. The Bible says, "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. If anyone could make it into Heaven with their gold medal of achievement, they would certainly boast about it.
 
What is saving faith?
 
Saving faith is simply transferring your complete trust from yourself and what you have been trusting in, and trusting Jesus Christ alone, plus or minus nothing, for eternal life.
 
Jesus Christ didn't leave Heaven, come to earth, and suffer the agony of death on the cross, just to get you through life on earth. Jesus did all those things so that He could take you to Heaven when this life is over:
 
Are you willing to say from your heart that you want eternal life?
Are you willing to transfer your trust from yourself to Jesus Christ alone for eternal life?
Are you willing to believe that Jesus took your place and paid for all your sins on the cross?
Are you willing to repent of your sins and follow Him?
Are you willing to receive God's gift of eternal life?
Are you willing to ask Jesus to be the LORD and Savior of your life?
 
Jesus wants to guide and lead in your life. Are you willing to let Him? Are you ready to begin your new life with Jesus?
The Bible says: "That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved" Romans 10:9-10, 13
 
If you are willing to receive Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior simply pray and say:
 
LORD Jesus, I now transfer my trust from myself and the things in which I have been trusting, and I place my trust entirely in You. Forgive me for all my sins. I repent and turn away from my sins and will follow You. I now receive Your gift of eternal life. Jesus, be the LORD and Savior of my life, in Your Name I pray, Amen.
 
If you have prayed this prayer we want to congratulate you for receiving Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior. We also ask that you would please contact us and let us know of your decision to receive God's free gift of eternal life in Jesus. If you will contact us we will send you information to help guide you and encourage you in your desire to follow Him. Thank you.