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WARNING:  Thousands of people over the years have been killed for sharing the information that I am about to divulge to you.  For some it will revolutionize their life for now and eternity, and for others it will cause anger, resentment, and some will just be indifferent.  Who will you be?

Good News and Bad News

In this case the bad news must precede the good news so that you can hopefully fully appreciate the good news for how amazing it actually is!  Let me begin by using an illustration.  What would you think about a doctor that knew you had deadly cancer growing in your body but he didn’t want to offend or scare you by revealing your life threatening condition to you?  I would assume that you would want to know regardless of how the news would make you feel.  If the Doctor was good, loving and responsible he would tell you the truth.  The bad news would shock you and sadden you, but it would also be the motivation for you to take drastic action, such as pumping radioactive poison into your veins in order to destroy the cancer or even amputating a part of your body.  Armed with the knowledge of your illness, the cancer fighting drugs and methods that meant little to you before the diagnosis are now great news and invaluable to you.  They are now your salvation and you would have never considered taking them had the doctor not been brave enough to share to bad news with you.

It may sound strange to you, but God’s word tells us that you and I were born with a condition that is much more serious than cancer.  This condition will not only kill us, but it will cause us eternal anguish if it is not dealt with properly.  There is an antidote that will shield us from its negative effects in the next life and give you great hope and purpose in this life, but you must see how serious the disease is before you are given opportunity to receive the antidote.

The disease all humans have is the SIN disease.  You might say, “Everyone is a sinner and no one is perfect, and besides, I am really a pretty good person.  Oh yah, I forgot to mention that God is really forgiving!”  If this describes you at all then you have greatly under estimated the severity of your sinful condition.  Take a moment to let me prove to you how serious sin actually is.  Let’s look at God’s holy standard to see if you are a good person by His standard (remember, come judgment day, God’s opinion of you is the only one that matters).  Let’s look at a few of his commands from the Bible:

  1. Do not lie.  How many lies have you told in your life?  _________  (Revelation 21:8, Exodus 20:16)
  2. Do not steal.  How many things have you stolen? ________  (Exodus 20:15) (Money, Candy, Clothing, Music off the internet, illegally burning cd’s, cheating on test, getting paid when you are not really working like you should, ect…)
  3. Do not misuse God’s name.  Have you ever used God’s name in vain?_________  (Exodus 20:7) (“Oh my G_D!  G_d Damn!  J.C. something”)
  4. Do not commit adultery.  Jesus said that looking at a person that is not your husband or wife to lust after them is adultery and it doesn’t matter if you are married or not.  WOW!—God looks at our thought life as well as our actions!  Have you ever had a X-rated thought ? _________ (Exodus 20:14, Matt 5:28)
  5. Do not murder.  God’s word teaches that hatred is murder of the heart.  Have you ever hated or been intensely angry at someone? _____________ (Exodus 20:15, Matt 5:21, 1 John 3:15)
  6. Honor your parents.  Have you ever dishonored your parents?_________ (Exodus 20:12)
  7. Jesus said the most important command is to Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?  Have you loved God like you should all the time?  ___________  (Matt. 22:37) (probably not when you were lying, stealing, lusting, ect…)
  8. And attached to the above command Jesus said to love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Have you ever been selfish or said something bad about another person?  ________ (Matt 22:39)

Remember, I am attempting to be like the loving and responsible doctor that wants to share the truth with you so that you can avoid the Holy, furious wrath of God.  If God judges you by your actions will God see you as a liar, thief, blasphemer, adulterer, murder at heart, who hasn’t always honored his parents, honored his God, or honored others like you should?  Left to myself and my works, I am not a good person, I deserve Hell!  How about you?   God’s word says “…for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8) and5For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 …because of these thingsthe wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 5:5-6)  Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,…” (Matthew 12:36)

Many object at this point by saying that, “My God is a loving and forgiving God that would never send anyone to hell.” Or “Why would God be so harsh? My sins are not that bad.” Or, “I have done more good than bad!”   Reason with for a moment:

  1.    Think about the value of God, and who it is we are actually sinning against.  If you punch me in the nose you might go to jail for a night.  If you punch the president in the nose you will go to jail for much longer because the supposed importance of that person is much greater.  If you punch God in the nose (sinning against him) you have offended the creator of the universe.  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is one that controls every molecule in the universe.  Hell is forever because when you sin against God you are sinning against an infinitely valuable being and one sin against someone of such value deserves an infinite punishment.  That is justice.  (Remember, Adam and eve sinned once and the whole universe was cursed.  Satan, who was an the most beautiful angel God ever created sinned once and was banished from Heaven and will never get a second chance.)
  2. Good and just judges don’t let guilty sinners go free without proper punishment.  If someone molests a child then kills that child and a judge let him go free because he said sorry that judge has just now become corrupt!  Because God is a God of Goodness, righteousness, justice and love, he cannot just let sin go unpunished.  Psalm 89:14 says, Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your (God’s) throne…”and Isaiah 30:18 tells us that “… the LORD is a God of justice.”
  3. What if you believe God will let you go free because you have done more good than bad?  That sounds like a judge that would accept a bribe to me.  Think if you murder someone, it doesn’t matter how many good works you have done.  You still must be punished for the crime.

     James 2:10  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

Good News!

At this point you may be saying, “Enough with the bad news!  I am in big trouble come judgment day.  Give me some good news!”  God made a way that Justice could be taken care of and your sins could be forgiven at the same time.  It is best said in John 3:16-21, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes (trusts into) in him should notperish but have eternal life. 17ForGod did not send his Son into the worldto condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment:the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light becausetheir works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

God’s word tells us the even though we were rebels against God he still loved us.  He does not want to just show wrath, Justice and judgment; he also desires to show us his love, grace and mercy.  God has done that through the work and the person of Jesus the Christ.  God came into this world (Jesus, second person of the Trinity—One God yet three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) born of a virgin, he lived a perfectly sinless life, fulfilled all kinds of prophecies, did all kinds of miracles (healing the blind, raising the dead, walking on water, calming the storms, ect…), taught amazing truths, but what he ultimately came to do is to die on the cross.  When Jesus was on that Roman Cross he was absorbing the wrath of the Father in place of all those who would ever trust in him.  Jesus drank down the Hell that I deserve (see Isaiah 53) .  He then died, and rose from the dead on the third day.  He then appeared to many over a forty day period, then ascended into Heaven and he has left us with a promise that he is coming back to judge the living and the dead.  Jesus defeated sin and death for His Glory and our good!       “God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

     How to be forgiven

So hopefully at this point you are asking, “How can I have my sins forgiven and get right with God?”  The bible tells us that in response to the amazing work and offer of Jesus we must exercise a repentant faith in Jesus Christ.  What that basically mean is that you are acknowledging  your sinfulness, confessing it to God, turning from your life of sin and turning to Jesus Christ and trusting him as your Master, Lord, God, and Savior.  If you have a repentant faith in Christ you are not trusting in your good works or righteousness to save you; you are trusting alone in Christ’s righteousness credited to you through faith.  Now as a Christian you will do good works, but those good works will be the fruit of your salvation, not the root of your salvation.  The old hymns said it well, “nothing in my hands I bring, only to the cross I cling” and “What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

Do you love your sin more than the Savior?  I beg you to repent and fling yourself on the mercy of Christ.  He is mighty to save!  I have heard it said that our sins must be dealt with.  They will either be poured over Jesus’ head on the cross or over our head in Hell for eternity.  For those who trust in Christ I recommend you start praying and reading you bible daily, find a good church and get involved, get baptized and share your new faith!

One last point that is extremely important.  Jesus is not just fire insurance or a get out of hell free card.  The primary reason for becoming a Christian is so that you may glorify God to the fullest and enjoy him forever.  Can you imagine how spectacular it will be to spend eternity with the God of the universe that made you for himself?  Some think that hanging out with someone they love is fulfilling, but how about being with the creator of my soul for eternity!!!  It will be great beyond what words can describe.

By J. Ramirez

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

By Hank Hanegraaff  —  www.equip.org

No one gets out of this world alive, so this is beyond a doubt the most important question you can ever ask yourself! In fact, the Bible was written, “so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).  First, according to Scripture, you need to realize that you are a sinner. If you do not realize you are a sinner, you will not recognize your need for a savior. The Bible says we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So first and foremost, if you recognize that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin you ultimately have to say this: “I am a sinner.” And, I suppose, even if you don’t believe the Bible, in the quietness of your own room you recognize the truth that you, too, are a sinner.  The Bible goes on to teach us that we must repent of our sins. Repentance is an old English word that describes a willingness to turn from our sins towards Jesus Christ. It literally means a complete U-turn on the road of life — a change of heart and a change of mind. It means that you are willing to follow Jesus and to receive him as your Savior and Lord. Jesus said, “repent and believe the Good News” (Mark 1:15), and, indeed, that’s what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the best news ever shared in the history of humanity, the news that you can have a relationship with the very one who knit you together in your mother’s womb.  If you want to demonstrate true belief it means to be willing to receive. To truly receive is to trust in and depend on Jesus Christ alone to be the Lord of our lives here and now and our Savior for all eternity. It takes more than knowledge (the devil knows about Jesus and trembles). It takes more than agreement that the knowledge we have is accurate (the devil agrees that Jesus is Lord). What it takes is to trust in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. It takes knowledge, agreement and personal trust, placing your trust in Jesus Christ alone. The requirements for eternal life are not based on what you can do but on what Jesus Christ has done for you. It’s not d-o, it’s d-o-n-e, it’s done through the person and work of Jesus Christ. He stands ready to exchange his perfection for your imperfection.  According to Jesus Christ, those who realize they are sinners, repent of their sins, and receive him as Savior and Lord are “born again” (John 3:3) — not physically, but spiritually. The reality of our salvation is not dependent on our feelings but rather on the promise of the Savior who says: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).  If the Holy Spirit right now is moving upon your heart and you want to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life, it is as simple as asking Jesus Christ to come into your life. You have to recognize that you’re a sinner, be willing to repent of your sin and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life.

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BIBLE VERSES:  What the Bible Says About Heaven and Hell

One reason we have the Bible

● I write these things…so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

Jesus is God (part of the eternal Trinity.  One what (God)—three who’s (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

● In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  …The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1, 14)

● The Father says of the Son (Jesus) -“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.”(Hebrews 1:8)

● Through him (Jesus) all things were made…  (John 1:3) Jesus is our creator, & God alone  is the only one who creates (Isaiah 44:24)

Truth about mankind

● As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…there is no one who does good, not one (Romans3:10-12)

● There is not a just man upon the earth, that does good, and does not sin” (Ecclesiastes7:20)

● For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans3:23)

Test your sinful condition by the 10 Commandments (Deuteronomy Ch. 5)

+Do not Lie (even white lies=‘Liar’), Steal (value is irrelevant = ‘Thief’), misuse God’s name  (‘Blasphemer’), worship any idols (e.g. $=‘Idolater’), murder (hate=murder {1 John 3:15} ‘Murderer’), commit adultery (lust=adultery {Matt. 5:28} ‘Adulterer’), or covet your neighbors possessions.

+Always make God #1 in your life, honor your parents, & keep the Sabbath day holy (rest 1 out of 7 days)

● Remember -For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10)

God is love and he loves you

● …God is love.  (1 John 4:8)

● Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)      AND

God is just and holy —- He must punish sin

● … the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. (Nahum 1:3)

●  God is a just judge, and angry with the wicked everyday. (Psalm 7:11)

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin (including sexual activity before marriage), who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers—none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9)— We all have hope so keep reading!

Result of God’s judgment on sinful man

●”Everlasting punishment” (Matt. 25:46), “Weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt.24:51), “Everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), “Eternal fire… blackest darkness reserved forever” (Jude 1:7,13)—God doesn’t want this to happen to you!  He loves you so much he made a way out—Keep reading!

● If anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:15)

Just a thought:  If a human judge let rapists, child molesters, murders, thieves and the like go unpunished would he be a JUST judge?  NO! He would be a corrupt Judge.  How much more just is God than a good human judge?  God’s standard is perfection and no unclean thing will come into his kingdom (you & me)!

One more thought:  I have the right protect my home with force if necessary if a criminal is trying to get in.  Doesn’t God have the same right to protect his heavenly home from unrepentant sinners?  God must quarantine evil to prevent sin from spreading like a disease through his holy kingdom.

THERE IS GREAT NEWS!

Why God can forgive us – The wrath of God came upon Christ on the crossWOW!

● The Apostle Paul wrote to fellow believers, “But God showed his great LOVE for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life.”(Romans 5:8-10)-  Jesus took our punishment 4 us!!!

Our guarantee of eternal life

● For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.  (Ephesians 2:8)

● Whoever believes (trusts into) in the son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. (John 3:36)

● For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes (trusts into) in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

If you have true faith you have been “Born Again”

● Jesus declared, “… no one can see thekingdomofGodunless he is born again” (John 3:3)

● And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.  And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command…Then you will remember your past sins and hate yourselves for all the evil things you did. (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 31)

Real Christians repent (turn from sin to Jesus): It is an inescapable result of true faith

Repentance—Turning to God with a change of mind about sin that results in a change of conduct by the power of God.

● If we say we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness we lie and do not have the truth. (1 John 1:6)

●God commands all men everywhere to repent. (Acts17:30)

●Except you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3)

● And this is love for God: to obey his commands… for everyone born of God overcomes the world. (1 John 5:3-4)

We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6:2)

Just believing facts won’t save you, you must have faith – demons believe in facts

● You believe there is one God. Good!  Even the demons believe that and shudder (James2:19)

Only one way to Heaven – Jesus Christ

● Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the father except through me”. (John 14:6)

● Salvation is found in no one else.  For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts4:12)

● For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

God’s promise of forgiveness

● If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

● Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19)

How do we know all of this is true?

● The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. (Acts5:30)

● For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming again. We have seen his majestic splendor with our own eyes. (2 Peter 1:16)

Just a thought:  many people will die for a lie that they think is true, but no sane person will die for what they know is a lie.  New Testament writers and other apostles claimed to be eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, and they demonstrated that it was true with their own blood.  All but one of the apostles we’re killed for proclaiming their faith in the resurrected Jesus, and not one ever denounced their faith in the resurrected Jesus Christ. (Norm Geisler)

Example Prayer: Jesus, please save me.  I am a horrible sinner, and I am willing to turn from my sin and make you my new Savior/God/Master/Lord.  Thank you for taking my punishment for me, rising from the dead, and for the gift of eternal life.  Please fill me with your spirit and give me the strength to live for you. –Remember:  Prayers don’t save you, Jesus does—through a repentant faith

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One response

  1. Jeannie

    Jarod,
    Thank you for all the wonderful information you are sharing with all of us!! May God continue to bless you so that you can spread His word…

    January 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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