Everyone agrees that: Death ends each person’s existence on this earth! Yes, ALL without exception eventually die. No person knows when, where, and how he will die. Death cannot even be postponed. Once it is your turn, you must go.
The thought of death could be frightening if you do not know where you will be going. Some are forced to think about it after surviving a serious accident or at the death of a loved one. Many push the thought of death out of their mind until it is too late.
When you die, you will face God. Standing before God, “the judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25), is a serious matter.
If you were to die before you finish reading this note, what account are you going to give to God?
Up to this moment, you have been the President and Chief Executive Officer of your life, ruling and running your life as you wanted.
How is your life faring under your presidency?
If you continue to run your life as you have, will your life-report be acceptable by God when you stand before Him?
- You think you are a good person?
- If ALL your activities including your thoughts for just the past one year were to be shown on prime television, will you be proud or be horrified?
- Are there things you will desperately wish should not be shown?
Your response shows that you have a conscience and the ability to know what is right and what is wrong. But somehow, you have managed to continue to do wrong things because you have suppressed your conscience.
1st God has examined us and given His findings – ALL are sinners
ALL of us human beings, including YOU are sinners:
- “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And
- “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
In other words, in God’s opinion, we fall short of His standard.
Please recognise that an orange tree is not an orange tree because it produces oranges. Rather, it produces oranges because it is an orange tree.
Similarly, you are not a sinner because you sin, rather, you sin because you are a sinner.
Put another way:
You as the CEO of the company called YOU have managed the company very badly. Company YOU is in such a bad state that if things continue the way they are now, everything will soon be completely ruined. Hence, Company YOU needs immediate and urgent attention.
2nd God’s decree is that the sinner shall die
According to the creator of mankind, all souls belong to Him and the soul that sins (fall short of His standard) shall die (Ezekiel 18:4, 20).
“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That is to say, our sin has earned a deserved wage which is death or separation from God in Hell.
3rd There will be a day of reckoning – a day for all to give account.
One day all will stand before God to give account of their lives while one earth:
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15).
These are the words of the Lord telling us of the fate of every unbeliever.
4th Truth remains truth always
Please at this early stage, let me remind you of an unchangeable fact:
- Truth is still truth even if you do not believe it. Your unbelief cannot and will not alter the nature of truth.
- You can be sincerely wrong. That is, you can be sincere or honest and still be wrong.
So, please, do not dismiss what you are reading here with a wave of the hand as myth, or untrue just because you don’t believe right now.
5th But God doesn’t want you or any sinner to die
But it is not God’s wish that anybody should die. Friend, believe it, yes, it is true: God has no pleasure in the death of the sinner (Ezekiel 18:32). Hear God calling ALL including you now:
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die? (Ezekiel 33:11).
So he made provision for us (those who will be willing) to be saved because He still loves us:
- “But God commendeth His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Also
- “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10).
In other words, even in our sin, God continued to show us His love and demonstrated this love by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. He thus gave Jesus Christ to the whole world (John 3:16).
6th You cannot save yourself
Except the judge does, no prisoner can set himself free. Similarly, the sinner cannot set himself free. Yes, you cannot set yourself free.
You may consider yourself good, perhaps because you are religious, or you live a morally upright life, or you do good to others and you are loved by everyone, or you have joined a church and you are contributing much money there, or you are engaged in a lot of charity work, or you are a very generous philanthropist. All these may be good and do have their place, but they will not save you.
No amount of good work and being on your best behaviour can save you. Your salvation is not based on the merit of what works and contributions you have made to society.
Simply put – you cannot be your own saviour. This is a fact you need to admit to yourself for salvation is:
- “not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9).
- “Not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5).
Your salvation is based on what someone else had done.
7th God has made provision for your salvation
Between you the sinner and a Holy God is the sin barrier. To remove that barrier, God provided His Son, Jesus Christ:
- “The Lord Laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
- “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
- “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ can therefore offer you salvation as a gift. All you need is believe and appropriate His provision.
8th an appeal: Come under a New Management
Jesus says to you, the sinner: “Come unto Me!”
I appeal to you as a fellow human being, and in the name of the Lord, hear and accept His invitation now:
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30).
Further, He says:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
You now have to believe God’s word and take the step of faith by accepting and appropriating the way of salvation He has provided for us in Jesus Christ.
You are a sinner who has badly run his life like a very poorly run company. You cannot save yourself. This sinking company called YOU needs to be saved. It needs a new CEO. That New CEO is the Lord Jesus Christ.
You reading this, should take that step of faith now. It is not complicated. Rather, the word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart (Rom 10:8):
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved (Romans 10:9-10).
Furthermore, we are told:
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
That is to say, ALL that appropriate the sacrifice of Christ is acceptable to Him.
Act now, come under a New Management!
God wants all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
And remember that those who believe the word of God and accept His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ will not come under judgement because their names are entered in the Book of Life:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
But the unrepentant sinner’s name will not be in the Book of Life, and he will be judged:
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15).
Therefore, it is a dangerous thing not to believe what God has done for humanity through Jesus Christ. There is no other means, way or provision available to man. ALL goes to and through Jesus Christ. For:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).
And so it follows that:
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18).
You have the information now and please know that:
these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31).
There is a decision to make. You alone can make that decision now.
- The decision is to appropriate the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross as yours, so He becomes your saviour and Lord.
- But please do not delay.
- Let today be the day of your salvation.
- ACT NOW!!!
- Let The Lord Jesus Christ be Saviour and Lord of your life – the New CEO of your life calling the shots and you obeying as He brings the company called “YOU” back to life.