“ That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” That’s from the King James version.
Now, let’s check out the Message Bible. “And everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.”
What could be more beautiful and simple?
Anyone and everyone who really wants to live forever, all he has to do is to look up to Him, trusting and expectant, and that person will gain eternal life.
Whosoever will may come! And that means you. You know, I don’t know all the details of your past life, but what that scripture says is quite plain. Even a child can understand. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know what He’s talking about. No matter how long you’ve lived, no matter what you’ve done, or haven’t done, God’s Word to you is, “Mercy is yours. God will give you eternal life, if you’ll simply trust in His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!
“O. K., what do I have to do? God says, that if you will ask Him to forgive you for everything in your past, and if you’ll place your child-like faith in Him by trusting Him in your heart as your Lord, He will come into your heart, save your soul, and give you peace that passes all understanding. And that peace gives you the witness in your heart that you now have eternal life.
Then you say, “But THEN what do I do?” Follow Jesus. He will tell you exactly what to do through the Bible. Start reading the Book of John in the New Testament. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to understand. God will actually speak to you in His still, small voice, as you read. It’ll be His Spirit that you have received. He’ll help you understand. You’ll be absolutely amazed how this will take place.
Of course, you’ll want to find other believers so you can make new friends. Ask around. Find out where a church is that really teaches the Bible and lifts up the Lord Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. Start to talk, daily, all the time, with the Holy Spirit of God whom God has placed in your heart.
There are two very simple plain commandments you’ll want to do, immediately. Love God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind, and all of your strength. That’s number one. Number two, “Love your neighbor, just like you do yourself.” In other words, however, you’d like to be treated by others, that’s the way you treat them! It’s really fun to do that! God will help you.
Jesus died for you on the cross. Now you don’t have to pay the penalty for your past sins. He rose from the dead, so that you can live forever. Now, is that good news, or what?
Could I ask you something? Is there any good reason why you couldn’t decide to trust in Jesus right now? He’ll forgive you if you ask Him. He’ll come into your very heart if you ask Him. Let me challenge you to do it now. Don’t put it off. Do it NOW!
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