A Time to Live

A Study of Salvation

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” That’s right out of the King James Bible. Let’s see what it says in the Message Bible. “Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences.”

According to the Scriptures, there are two judgments, one for believers and one for non-believers. That would pretty well cover every one that’s listening to me right now.

The first judgment is for believers. The second judgment is for non-believers. There is one thousand years between those two judgments.

King Solomon said, “Let’s hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man, for every one of us will stand before the judgment seat of God to receive the things done in our lives here on earth whether the things are good or whether they are evil. Paul said,, “We must all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to answer for our actions.”

In fact, Jesus indicated that we all are going to answer for our thought life, for what comes out of our mouths, and all of our actions when we stand before God one day.

You know where that leaves every one of us, don’t you? We, all, are terribly imperfect, to say the least. None of us can measure up to what God expects us to be. So, we’ve all got to have help from someone.

The only person in the whole universe I know of that ever lived a perfect life was Jesus Christ. Even Governor Pilate said he couldn’t find any fault in Him. And, because He was born of a virgin, His mother was Mary, a precious, blameless Jewish girl, and His Father was God Himself, He was a spotless person, the only one who could ever really help us. And He died for us. He took our place. He was the sacrificial Lamb who laid down His life for the whole human race.

It’s quite a story! And it’s not fiction. It’s very true.

We come to a conclusion. Since all of us desperately need a Savior that will stand with us at the judgment of God, we really have to make some fairly quick decisions.

God says, explicitly, that if we’ll ask Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, to come into our lives, He will forgive us of our sin, and save our souls. In other words, we’ll have an Advocate that will vouch for us when we stand before God at the judgment. Nobody, but nobody, can help us in that situation other than God’s only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our mother won’t be able to help us, nor our daddy. Our best friend will be incapable of helping us. The finest lawyer money can buy can’t help us in that day. We’re going to be very, very lost, without Jesus.

No question about it, all of us have to pay taxes, and all of us have to die, but after death, all of us will face judgment. To face judgment without Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, will be anathema!

There’s still time. But time is running out. I urge you to take care of this situation right now. Ask God to forgive you. Ask Jesus to come into your heart, NOW!


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