A friend of mine is a “street evangelist”. His calling from God is to tell everyone with whom he comes into contact about Jesus and how we can only get into heaven through Him…and no other way.
Many say, “I’m Jewish, and we don't believe that Jesus is the Son of God”…or, “I was baptized as a baby, so I am assured of getting into heaven”, or….”I’m a good person, so God will let me into heaven because, compared to others, I’m pretty good.”
If any of those responses are true, then God…that same God that we all know is there (unless we claim to be an atheist -in which case, we call God a liar because God says in Titus 2:11 – “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”) has made a terrible mistake – the worst mistake ever made in the history of mankind, and that mistake was that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for the sins of ALL men so that ALL men (and women) can have access into heaven.
Jesus was always with God. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So who is this WORD? We need only to travel to verse 14 of John 1 – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”
God loved mankind so much that He sent part of the Trinity (Father God, Holy Spirit God and God, the Son who always was from the beginning, and then came to the earth in the form of baby Jesus) to dwell among us…to experience our feelings, thoughts, and ultimately….pain.
Why would God, our Creator, decide to leave heaven and all that it offers, and become a man to dwell among us? Love is the answer. God had to offer up His only Son….as the final blood sacrifice for our sins.
Before Jesus came, weekly sacrifices were made to atone or cover up sins. Once a year, the High Priest of Israel would offer a blood sacrifice to atone for the sins of the entire nation of Israel.
Israel lived by the Law – The Ten Commandments sent to Moses from God. God sent Moses those Laws to demonstrate that no man could possible keep them. If they could, they could get into heaven – no problem.
No matter how GOOD people tried to be, they could not keep all of the commandments of God. People lie, they cheat on their taxes, they steal, they commit adultery, fornication, or they put other gods before Almighty God. Some put the god of money or fame or power ahead of seeking God and gaining access into heaven…which is eternal, and not temporary like life is here on the planet.
So, God put the knowledge of Himself into the hearts of EVERY MAN and WOMAN on the earth. I believe it because God said so in at least three places in the Bible. We quoted from Titus above, so let’s travel to Romans 1:20 next. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
Oh oh! Mankind sees God in nature itself, so when they face God at some point after they die, they are WITHOUT EXCUSE.
If one clings only to the Old Testament, David…the King and a prophet of God had this to say when he wrote Psalm 67:2 - “The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.”
So, everyone….the hidden tribes of any land…..Israel, Mormon, Muslim Buddhist - YOU - EVERYONE…has the knowledge in their heart of hearts that there is a God.
What, then, do we do with this knowledge that there is a God?
My prayer is that whoever you are….you will be without excuse when you face God at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment because He has put the knowledge of Himself into the hearts of all men...unless you do something. What we are supposed to do, therefore, is to ask this God of the heavens, “God, please point me to the truth”.
No matter what your religion or beliefs are, I can tell you – on the authority of God’s Word (The Bible) that if you ask God to point you to the TRUTH, He is obligated to do it.
If you dare say that prayer, and mean it, God will have to point you to His Son, Jesus.
If you are that lost tribe in the rain forests that are near the equator across the globe, God will send a missionary to YOU, and that missionary will point you in the direction of Christ…the Savior, and the ONLY WAY that you can get into heaven.
Jesus said, “There is only ONE WAY to the Father in heaven and that is through ME. Specifically, He said this in John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
To address those who say, “But, I am a good person or I was baptized when I was a baby…or any other good work”, The Bible is very clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 where we find these words taken from the AMPLIFIED VERSION of the Bible: “For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]”
God cannot make it any plainer than what He has set forth in HIS WORDS.
Bottom line is that God told ALL of us that He exists. He is in heaven. He wants US all to be there someday. He has placed the knowledge of Himself into the hearts of EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET. He wants us to seek Him out. TO do that, we must ASK HIM to point us to the TRUTH. The truth is found in Jesus Christ….the Son of God who came to the earth for one purpose….to be the one who sacrificed Himself on the cross for OUR sins.
History reveals that a man called Jesus did, in fact, go to the cross to die. He did die. Over 515 eye witnesses saw Him three days later. His apostles saw Him and spoke with Him – for about forty days after He was resurrected from the dead….just like He said he would be BEFORE He went to the cross.
Why would His followers preach that Jesus is the only way into heaven AFTER Jesus died? Unless they physically saw Him, they would be complete fools to continue preaching that Jesus is the only way into heaven.
All of them, except for John perhaps, died horrible, painful deaths for their beliefs. If Jesus was not seen again after His death on the cross, these men were indeed fools to tell others about Jesus. Most of them went about their business after Jesus’ death on the cross. Peter was hung upside down on a cross for his belief (and first-hand eyewitness knowledge) that Jesus was indeed resurrected.
Some don’t believe there is a hell. Some idiot preacher is now on all the talk shows telling people there is no hell. What a fool! He will experience what isn’t one day…and I guess he will believe at that point!
Let me ask YOU this scientific question: The earth is covered with much water. Water is cool. The rest of the planet is covered with dirt. Dogs sometimes dig into the dirt to stay cool; therefore the top layers of the earth are cool…even cold. Yet, in the middle of the earth there is a “Lake of Fire”.
How is this possible, and why is it there? Go ahead, tell me that it’s “just there”….like some other intelligent anti-God scientists also tell us that the earth and people “just happened”.
God says that there is a “Lake of Fire” created originally for the devil and his rebellious angels who tried to overthrow God at some point in the past. The Lake of Fire is reserved for ALL who reject the TRUTH, and who trample the blood of Jesus under their feet. Those people who say they live by the law, shall be judged by the same Laws – the Ten Commandments.
If you are honest, have you kept every commandment? If you have, you are entitled to get into heaven, but the Bible says there was only ONE who was perfect…..without any sin whatsoever, and that person was Jesus. That is why HE took upon Himself YOUR sins and mine. He gives us His righteousness in exchange for OUR SINS – but only if we tell Him we believe His words….”Whosever shall call upon the name of Jesus shall be saved.”
If you have read this article, you are now responsible for your own eternal destiny.
You have the choice right now, regardless of what you have been taught or what you believe, to ask God Himself to point you to the TRUTH. Again – He is obligated to do exactly that, but you first have to ask Him.
Will you do it? Will you do it right NOW?
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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