Eternity Settled?

Suppose for a moment that there truly is a God. Suppose that He created you and loves you intensely. Imagine that He has a perfect, eternal purpose for you, but that you are now held hostage by a ruthless enemy, whom you cannot see, and who is bent on destroying you. Imagine that this loving God is on a rescue mission to save you, and this is all going on behind 
the scenes of your life—behind the visible wall of your day to day existence. Maybe you’ve never given it a moment’s thought. If you could know for sure where you would spend eternity—if you could forever put away every fear you’ve ever had—if this incredible, loving God were knocking at your door right now, offering to rescue you from it all, would you let Him in? Would
you even give Him a chance? Wouldn’t you want to know this God?

There is just one way to Heaven!
You can know your eternal destination!

Perhaps you’re wondering that now. Can you know for sure?

Friend, the good news is we don’t have to speculate about this question. In fact, God doesn’t want you to speculate or fear your eternity. He does indeed desire for you to know for sure where you are headed! He has gone to great lengths to give you the opportunity to know for sure that your eternal destiny is settled.

1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life….” Did you catch that? God says, “You may know that you have eternal life!”
Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. Reason it out for a moment. God wants you to know (that’s for sure) where you’re going. He doesn’t want you to wonder, fear, doubt, or regret. He wants you to know. That’s a pretty important verse! Now think about this question. Do you know where you are going? You may hope. You may be thinking optimistically. You may have a good idea of where you are going, but do you KNOW?

So How Can I Know?

Do you think you are a Good person?

Most people want to believe they are good—even good enough to earn a favorable eternity. On top of that, when you try to tell someone about a failure, the typical response (for any of us) is to defend ourselves. We want to believe that we are good.

Romans 3:23 He says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” and back just a few verses He says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Simply put, nobody is perfect. We all fall short of God’s glory or God’s perfect standard.

“I’m just not a bad person,” we reason. Compared to someone else, we may not be that bad, but God isn’t comparing us to someone else. God’s standard is higher than ours. He’s using His own perfection—His own glory as the standard. No matter how good we think we are, when compared to God’s standard, we’re all pretty bad.

If the standard is a ten-foot basketball rim, and you can jump high enough to touch it, then you’re
a good jumper. But if the standard is the moon, and you can only jump to ten feet, then you’re not much of a jumper at all. “Well, who could jump to the moon?” you might say, “that’s impossible!”
Exactly! It’s impossible.
you’re thinking, “Are you saying that God holds us to an impossible standard?” Yes, that’s what He does according to His own Word. He holds us to a perfect standard. Why would he hold us to a perfect standard when He knows that it is impossible for us to meet that standard? There’s only one conclusion. To help us realize that it’s not about DO, it’s about DONE. It’s not about jumping high enough, it’s about admitting that we can’t jump high enough, and then trusting in Someone more powerful than ourselves to lift us high enough!

Let’s imagine that God literally required us to jump to the moon to get into Heaven. Would you try? Would you despair, or would you ask for a miracle? One thing is for sure, you would immediately conclude that you couldn’t get there on your own.

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). He says that our sin and imperfections make even our good works pointless in His sight because our sins literally take us away from Him. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Isaiah 64:6). God wants us to accept the conclusion that we can’t get to Him on our own! God is saying, there is a great distance between us—a distance created by our imperfection. And as we’ve already concluded, doing good things doesn’t close the gap. Doing good stuff doesn’t pay for bad stuff anymore than “not using my Visa card” would pay for a previous credit debt. Being a good person doesn’t negate the bad or in any way undo the sin that we’ve committed.

God is saying to the human race, “When it comes to your relationship with me, we’re divided. You’re in way over your head in sinfulness, and you were born that way.”

from my husband....

I. Realize

1. You are a sinner
A. You were born a sinner
(Romans 3:10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
B. You commit sins against God
(Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
2. The penalty for sin is death
(Romans 6:23a) For the wages of sin is death;
3. Jesus Christ paid your penalty on the cross. Jesus was born of a virgin.
He was not born a sinner, nor could he ever sin. He willingly took upon himself our sins and died for them, paying our sin debt. He died our death.
(2. Corinthians 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him.
4. Jesus Christ rose from the dead as a proof of purchase.
(1. Corinthians 15: 3b-4) Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
II. Repent
(Luke 13:3) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
1. Turn to God
(1Thessalonians 1:9) For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto
you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
2. From your idols- anything you put in front of God
III. Rest in Jesus Christ and his finished work.
 Do not rest in any work of your own works.
(Hebrews 4:3a) For we which have believed do enter into rest,
(Hebrews 4:10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.
(Romans 10:9-11) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

~If you don't know the Lord as your Saviour, our prayer for you is that you will Realize you are a sinner, Repent of your sin, and Rest in Christ ! Call on Him today before it is eternally too late! This is your eternity! Don't let anything keep you from coming to Him.

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