Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why Does Anyone Have to "Get Saved"?

The Book is the Holy Bible, also known as the Holy Scriptures, the words of the living God. This is the God who created you, the God who sustains you and keeps your body functioning, and who will one day stop that body from functioning, and take your life or allow it to be taken. You’ve heard of Him. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. You’ve been ignoring Him all your life. You don’t have any time to seek His face in worship because your worship of yourself takes all of your time.

This Book reflects you, what you are. It’s a mirror that reflects your innermost person and it has some very definite statements to make about what you really are. In one verse, Jeremiah 17:9, it says;

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Your heart is deceitful above all things, and it is desperately wicked. Do you know what it means to be deceitful above all things? It means that there is nothing so perverted and twisted on earth as the human heart. There is no poisonous snake, no jackal, no creature or thing more deceitful or full of lies and treachery than your heart. You are human aren’t you? Your heart is an engine of deception. You don’t tell others the truth and you don’t tell yourself the truth. In fact, you spend more time lying to yourself than to other people.

What about desperately wicked? Have you ever been desperate to do something? When you step out today from wherever you are reading this you’ll just leave, casually, maybe humming or whistling as you go, thinking about tomorrow or maybe the events of the night to come. But, if the place you’re staying right now catches fire and the flames are hot and the smoke is thick, you and everyone else there will be desperate to get out. You’ll step on the faces of other people to get out. You’ll tangle your limbs up with other desperate people. And if someone from outside comes in to try to help you, you and your desperate friends will grab him and hold on to him and destroy him, as well. That’s desperate.

Your heart is desperate to be wicked. It is desperately wicked. Your heart has a craving to be dishonest and to sin. You’re wicked. Jesus even called His disciples, His most intimate friends, evil, in Luke 11:13;

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

But, God has provided a remedy for your wickedness. He’s offered to you a free gift of salvation by coming to earth, living as one of us, sharing in our hunger, thirst, fatigue, and temptations but living a sinless and perfectly obedient life, then permitting us to kill Him on the cruel cross at Calvary, and rising three days later from the grave. By believing that and that He is truly God and putting your trust in His finished work on the cross and in His righteousness to get to Heaven, we can be saved by Him. He will save us


and seal us with His spirit until the day He comes for us or we go to Him and there isn’t anything we can do to earn it ourselves as it makes so clear in 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.”

He died for your sins. A song goes, “…living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified, freely forever, One Day He’s coming, Oh Glorious Day.”

But, if you reject that free offer of amnesty and peace from the one who made you, what then? So what, you say, if you can’t be bothered with the gospel of Jesus Christ? What am I being saved from, anyway? Well, the Book says God’s wrath is upon you in John 3:36;

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

and that He’s set you in “slippery places”;

“Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.” Psalm 73:18

and that your “foot shall slide in due time”;

“To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” Deuteronomy 32:35

Note that the day of your calamity is “at hand”. Furthermore, the Bible tells us there is a place called Hell, which was prepared for the Devil and his angels in Matthew 25:41.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

The entire human race is destined for Hell and it’s not a good place to be, as Jesus Himself tells us in many places. It is a place of torment and want, thirst and agony, according to Luke 16: 23, 24;

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”


It is a terrible place but Hell is not the final destination of those that reject Christ. For Revelation 20:14 tells us that both Death and Hell will eventually be cast into the lake of fire.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

This lake of fire is spoken of in Isaiah 66:24 and in Mark 9 as a place where “their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” You’re going to burn and burn in agony, a soul agony because your body is already destroyed, in fact, its dying right in front of your eyes, and your soul will burn in the fires that will not ever be quenched for ever and forever as in everlasting. When you’ve been there a million years you will have no less time to spend in that misery. This lake of fire is called the second death. The saying goes, “born once, die twice, born twice, die once”. You are going there as “The wicked shall be turned into Hell and all the nations that forget God.” says in Psalm 9:17.

There is no reason why God must keep you from that fate another moment because, remember, He’s furious with you as it says in John 3:36 and other verses. You are walking on a burning tightrope which, even if you were able to keep your balance, will one day snap and give way and you will descend into that bottomless pit. If you’ve rejected Christ you are going to burn. Turn or burn, they say. You can’t imagine the misery and hopelessness you will feel along with that agony in that miserable place called Hell and then that even more miserable place called the Lake of Fire. After all the trouble you’ve had in your life is this what you want?

It’s your duty to turn to Christ. Jesus says you must be born again in John 3:3; and in verse 7.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

There is only one Saviour, Jesus Christ, as John 14:6 He Himself tells us He is the only way to God the Father, He is the way, the truth, and the life. No man sees God without Him. When we believe that He is the Son of God, the very God, God lives in us as it says in 1 John 4:15 and if we don’t have His spirit dwelling in us we are not His as it says in Romans 8:9. Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God as Colossians 1:15 tells us. You have to receive Him it says in John 1:12 and He will give you the power to become a son of God. There is only one name, Jesus Christ, whereby we must be saved, Acts 4:12 tells us. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. The only way. The one way to eternal life. John 10:28 tells us about eternal life that you can never lose.

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Imagine no more pain, no more heartbreak, no more tears, no more sorrow, nor death, no goodbyes.

In Revelation 21:4 we are promised this. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

He promises among many other things in His word that in eternity we shall be like Him.

1John 3:2 says; “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

He stands at the door of your heart and is knocking. Won’t you let Him in?

In Revelation 3:20 He says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

And we will sit with Him in His throne.

Revelation 3:21 says “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

There are so many more promises that God has blessed us with, so many more than I can tell you about.

Why have I written this? The same reason why John wrote John 20:31; to get you saved, and 1 John 5:13 was written to give you assurance of that salvation and why 1 John 5:4,5 tells you how to overcome this wicked world. I want you to get saved. God wants you to get saved as it says in 1 Timothy 2:4. Hell was created for the Devil and his angels and not for you. You are not supposed to go there. Why are you heading there? Paul says in Acts 17:30 that God is calling all men to repentance. Repent of your dirty sins. Repent of your wicked heart. Come to Christ. Receive Him as your Saviour. Believe on Him. Trust Him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Don’t deny God’s will that you should be saved. Do your duty, what you must do.

John 3:16-21 says;

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Romans 10:9-13 says;

9 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 ¶ For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Do it now, before its too late. Do it now before you are called out of here. Do it now before you drop into Hell for eternity. Believe and be saved. Believe and be saved.

Admit that you are a sinner and repent of that fact, believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, the Son of God, and the only Saviour, that He died for your sins and rose again on the third day, and trust in His righteousness to get to Heaven. Confess Him now, speak your belief now back to Him, and be saved by Him.

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