If It Wouldn't Work In A Court of Law Why Would It Work With God?
Many of us will never have to step foot in a courtroom and face a human judge to answer for a crime but one day ALL of us have to appear before the Supreme Judge. The Bible says, "it is appointed unto men [mankind] once to die [physical death], but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). God's standard for judging us will be His Law (the 10 commandments). So do you think you have kept the 10 Commandments? Be honest with yourself and God. If you've broken ANY one of them and God judges you by the 10 Commandments on the Day of Judgment, will you be innocent or guilty? Based on that, would you go to heaven or hell? And if hell, does that concern you?
Maybe by your own standards you're a good person but by God's standard (His Law) you're not good enough for heaven, nobody is. God says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). The Bible says, "For whosoever shall keep [obey] the whole law, and yet offend [break] in one point, he is guilty of all." God's Law is a whole and God says even if you break the least of the commandments, it is no longer whole and therefore you are guilty of breaking them all. You might be thinking, well I'll tell God I'm sorry, He'll know I'm sincere and just forgive me." What if you got a speeding ticket and tell the judge you're sincerely sorry. Does being sorry or even pledging to do better in the future make up for the fact that you broke the law? You can't make up for breaking the law in the past by keeping the law perfectly in the future because in doing so, you're only doing what the law requires. You don't get extra credit for that. What about the fact that you already broke the law? Your religious tradition or the good deeds you may have done does NOT change history nor does it change the fact that you broke God's Law by and by doing so you have incurred the death penalty. The Bible says, "For the wages [penalty] of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a).
This death includes the physical death (1st death where the body is separated from the soul) and the second death which is the everlasting lake of fire (Rev 20:15, 21:8) where guilty sinners will be thrown for breaking God's Law. God would not be a just Judge if He didn't demand justice for the law you broke. The penalty must be paid! But there's good news. God can make an exception for you because someone has already paid the penalty for you. "God commendeth [displayed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom 5:8). See even though you're guilty as charged and cannot save yourself God has a tremendous amount of love for you and He sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for your sin and He offers this as a free gift to you. You broke the law and God sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty in your place. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom 6:23b). It's like if you knew someone bought you a new watch and they showed it to you and even asked you to tell them what time it is. Does just seeing the watch, believing it exists and knowing it was bought for you make it yours?
Does telling the time on it make it yours? In both cases the answer is no. This gift of eternal life (salvation) that God wants to give you is the same way. Just realizing that God wants to give eternal life to you does not yet make it yours. The only way the watch can be yours is if you accept it and take it into your possession. Likewise the only way you can make God's gift yours is to accept it (believe) and take it into your possession by faith (receive). John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name". So not only does God save you from having to answer for your sins on Judgment Day, as an added bonus He also adopts you into His heavenly family and makes you His child! The only thing you have to do is repent of your sins (turn away from them) and pray and ask (allow) Jesus Christ to be your personal Saviour, the One who took your punishment on the cross.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom 10:13). Now it's your choice, but remember if you reject Christ and the fact that He paid the price for your sin then rest assured it will be YOU who pays the price for your sin forever in hell, never to be let out. So if you are serious and would like to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you right now pray something like this from the bottom of your heart.....
"Dear Lord I know I'm a sinner. I realize if I died without you, I'd be judged for my sins and condemned to the everlasting lake of fire. But your Word, the Bible says you sent Jesus Christ to take my place. God I broke your Law and Jesus paid the price for me. So the best I know how I turn from my sin and I place my full trust in your Son Jesus and ask Him into my heart and life this day to be my Saviour. Please come into my heart and live your life in me. Lord take me to heaven when it is time for me to leave this world and until then help me to live a life of that shows Jesus gratitude for the tremendous price He paid for me. Thank you God for saving me this day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen".
If you just prayed something like that from your heart and invited Jesus into your heart and life then according to Romans 10:13 that makes you a saved person and where do saved people go when they die? They go to heaven, exactly! But remember salvation is not faith placed in a prayer it is faith placed in the Lord Jesus Christ. And God says that he that has (present tense) the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has (today) eternal life and will never perish (1st. Jn 5:13, John 10:27-28). If Jesus is now your Saviour He has cleansed you from all your sins, yes even the future ones (1st. Jn 1:7) and now you can have a personal relationship with the Father that you couldn't have before because of sin. You need to grow that relationship with God by attending a good fundamental Bible believing Bible preaching church so you can gain strength in your faith by hearing the Word of God and fellowshipping with other children of God. Just contact me and I'd be happy to help you in your new relationship with God.
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"...whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire." - Rev 20:15
"...and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night..." - Rev 14:11
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