Dear Friend, the Bible declares that one day you will die and then stand face to face with God to be judged. Hebrews 9:27 reads, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Nothing in your entire life could be more important than being ready for that day, because it will determine whether you will spend eternity in heaven or in hell.
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This judgment will be based on a person's righteousness, which means to be absolutely perfect and without sin. The Bible says in Acts 17:31, "He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained..." The man spoken of in this verse is Jesus Christ. This means that your righteousness must match that of Jesus Christ. Can you make it through your entire life without committing one single sin? Jesus Christ did, and He is the one that you will be compared with at your judgment.
No one other than Jesus Christ could ever lead a life without one single sin. Nobody but Jesus Christ is that righteous. The Bible says in Romans 3:10, 23, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." If you claim to be righteous, you are only deceiving yourself and making God a liar. The Bible says in 1 John 1:8,10: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
Without God's righteousness, you go to hell! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" If you're not going to heaven, that leaves one other place. Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell..."
You cannot work for it! The Bible says in Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..." If you could earn the righteousness of God, then Jesus Christ would not have had to die on the cross. The Bible says in Galatians 2:21, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Dear Friend, you cannot earn the righteousness of God by good deeds, church membership, sacraments, baptism, or anything that you do. If you do something for it, then it is self-righteousness.
Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to get God's righteousness. Faith, is a complete trust or dependency upon someone. The Bible says that Jesus Christ died to pay for your sins and purchase the righteousness of God for you. You must stop trying to earn it; instead, place your complete faith in Jesus Christ to receive it. The Bible says in Romans 4:5: "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 3:22 tells us, "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe..." Then you will not have to fear your judgment day, because in your heart you know that you will, according to Philippians 3:9, "be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."
Will you trust completely in Jesus Christ to save you? Dear Friend, Jesus Christ has already paid for eternal life. You need only to receive it as a gift by putting your faith in Him. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." God cannot lie, and He has promised to give you eternal life. The Bible says in Titus 1:2, "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began."
Right now, will you believe God's promise? The Bible says in 1 Timothy 1:15, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..." Will you stop trusting your righteousness, and put all your faith in Jesus Christ and receive His righteousness? If you will call on Jesus Christ and put all your faith in Him, He will save you right now. Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Eternity is real, and hell is real. Jesus states in John 12:48, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." You have heard God's Word. Please receive Him today. Psalm 31:1 says, "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness."
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of fifteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, and the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-four years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
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