All men are lost, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory
of God" (Romans 3:23).
God has provided an escape from eternal judgment. Jesus Christ is that escape. He came into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it. If you neglect to take Jesus as your Savior, how will you escape God's judgment?
What are your plans for avoiding eternal judgment? Face the issue squarely: life has an end; what then? Apart from Christ the college professor has found no escape. The theologian has thought out no new way. The scientist has discovered no detour around Hell. Even angels or the devil himself can give you no plan of escape. In fact, God has no way to save you except by Jesus Christ. See John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 3:18.
You can believe the Bible is true, that Jesus died for your sins; that Jesus can save you; that there is a Hell; but, if you neglect and put off getting saved through Christ, you are lost! You can have Christian parents, go to church, say your prayers, be a church member, be morally clean and honest, be sincere, but if you neglect Christ and do not have Him as your personal Savior, you will be eternally lost.
Multitudes in Hell had plans for Heaven, but neglected to get saved (Matthew 22:1-14). Regardless of your good intentions, in spite of the fact that you meant to or because you forgot or it slipped your mind, no excuse will keep you from God's judgment. Without Christ you are lost, and you will die having neglected the one and only remedy, the Savior Jesus.
You are lost until you accept Christ. You don't get lost-- you are lost (John 3:18). Remember, the most intelligent, the most skillful, the most clever and powerful of men have not found a cure for sin or an escape from Hell outside of Jesus Christ. Even God Himself doesn't have another way to save men-- not one! Don't take any chances-- to neglect this one is fatal! "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"
SO GREAT SALVATION! Consider why you will be lost without Christ. The salvation in Christ is so great that it saves all that will come. That's right-- all who will come, no exceptions. Your color, age, past record, education, or talent will not bar you from Christ. Regardless if you have been a drunkard, a murderer, a thief, a whoremonger, or if your life is wrecked, this salvation is so great that it will save you. It will blot out your past record, cleanse you from sin, and give you power to live right. It will place you in God's family by making you a son of God. It gives Heaven to a man who deserves Hell and changes his life from sin's slavery to Christ's victory. What a GREAT SALVATION - and you can have it free, through Christ. To neglect it means to be doomed.
A doctor may save your life, but at the most he can only add a few more years - eventually you will die. But listen: this salvation is so great that it will save you forever. In Christ you will have no need that will not be supplied. The provision for life and death and eternity is complete in Christ, the only One who is God's escape from punishment.
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and God says: "Neither is
there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must he saved" (Acts 4:12).
author: B. Charles Hostetter
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