This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #376 titled, “Heaven or Hell: Your Move.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Are you going to Heaven or to Hell? The Bible teaches that many seemingly good people are going to Hell, because the Bible says in Romans 3:23, “…all have sinned…” Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Sin has a price. The Bible states in Ezekiel 18:4, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die…” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”
You might be wondering what happens to people who die in their sins. The Bible teaches in Hebrews 9:27 that, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Is there any hope? Yes! God sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for your sins. The Bible states in John 3:16, “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.” Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The Bible tells us that God desires to save everyone. God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Jesus said: “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Do you want to be saved? The Bible teaches that there are several things you must do in order to be saved.
First, you must realize there is nothing you can do to make yourself worthy of Heaven. The Bible says in Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…”
Secondly, you must repent of your sins. The Bible says in Acts 17:30, “God…now commandeth all men every where to repent:” Repentance is a change of heart which causes you to turn toward God and away from your present way of life.
The third thing that you must do is to believe “…that 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:”
The last thing that you must do is to receive Christ as your personal Saviour. The Bible states in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:” Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Salvation is free to all who will place their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “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.” The way to be saved is so simple! Yet many refuse to be saved. They will not accept Jesus Christ alone for salvation from sin and its penalty. They refuse to believe that the Lord Jesus is powerful enough to save them by Himself. Do you?
Heaven or hell — which one will you choose? Jesus Christ awaits your choice. John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Will you admit you are a sinner? Do you want to be forgiven and your life changed? Will you humble yourself and pray to God right now, asking Jesus Christ to save you? Romans 10:9 states, “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.” The Bible says in Hebrews 7:25, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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