The issue of one’s future security and eternal destiny is uppermost in the hearts and minds of most right-thinking people. God‘s purpose in creation of human being is for the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and for the glory of the human being (Romans 8:21). In Romans 3:23, we read: “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” and “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). God‘s purpose for man was glory, but sin thwarted that purpose by causing man to fail to spot and attain God‘s original plan. The blessed God at creation made all things happy. Had not sin spoiled the beauty of His workmanship, angels and men would have never known what is meant by misery. It was sin that threw the apostate angels down into hell and spoiled the beauty of the lower world. It was sin that defaced God’s image in man’s soul and made the ones who were to be the lords of creation into slaves of their lust. Men succumbed into forfeiture of eternal life, and risking his/her soul and spirit to everlasting punishment. This love of self results in man going “his own way”, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way…” (Isa 53:6).

The actual meaning of the word “sin” is to miss the mark, be in error, to fail or come short of God’s standard (1Sam. 26:21). It is like shooting a weapon and missing the target. It is falling short of what you should be and God’s perfect plan for you. Sin is any lack of conformity to the moral law of God, either in your actions, your attitudes (thoughts, motives, and internal desires) or your nature (the state of being a sinner). It is a resistance to God, who requires us to live our whole lives in holiness, (Lev. 11:44), and sin is skirting of God’s justice, who is sat on His throne (Psa. 97:2). Sin is transgression by the free will of man, and so man has total responsibility for it. It is to fall short of God’s standard or to miss the mark either by sins of omission or commission (Rom. 3:23). (1Joh 3:15), word (Mat 5:22), or deed (Rom 1:32). “Moral law is all that God demands of men because of His holiness, whether explicitly recorded in Scripture or implicitly “written on their hearts.” (Exo 20; Rom. 2:15). The essence of sin is selfishness! Unsaved man has no possible means of salvation or recovering within himself (Eph. 2:1, 8; Mt. 19:25-26). Man is totally unable to spiritually rehabilitate himself and become pleasing to a Holy God.

When we think of sin we instinctively think of the judgment it brings; we invariably associate it with condemnation and hell. Man‘s thought is always of the punishment that will come to him if he sins, but God‘s thought is always of the glory man will miss if he sins. The result of sin is that we forfeit God‘s glory, we were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and our fellowship with God was broken. This self-will centered life, which is characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin. Nobody is immune from being called ‗sinner. The Bible says in Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Adam looked like God in appearance, but he was not like God in character. The effect of his fall was to “fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3.23), thus forfeiting God‘s image. And so has it been with all who have followed Adam. It was sin that brought curse, misery, and judgment into creation.

It is sin which can also plunge them into an ocean of eternal misery from which is there is no redemption. Even, our best and holiest of souls groan under the burden of corruption. Sin tries to cling to all that we do and often leads us captive against our will. Sin is the heavy burden, even, upon the saints while they live in their corrupted flesh. We must grasp that as a sinner, we will be punished for our sins. We are debtors to God because of our sin, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). The punishment for our sin is eternal damnation in a place the Bible calls Hell and Lake of Fire. Hell is a real, literal and terrible place. It is a place where there is constant torment and “weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth”. It is eternal, it will never end.

We are all desperate sinners waiting for Devine judgment flocking to lake of fire without hope if we continued unrepentant to the day of death or second coming of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We cannot change these circumstances by trying to live better or be more religious. The only way that this dreadful situation can be changed is if God intervenes, and if we respond by repentance and faith in the salvation work of Jesus Christ. The fact that all men need atonement of Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:16, 12:47), repentance (Acts 17:30) and regeneration (Jn. 3:3-5), proves that all men are sinful and lost.

“God commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30) because “…unless you repent, you will all perish as well!” Luk 13:5. The notions of perishing and lostness connote the forfeiture of everything good and utter spiritual ruin. Lord and Savior Jesus Christ described the present condition of the unrepented, unbelieved and unconverted person by saying “whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (Joh 3:18).

The unsaved are hopelessly enslaved by sin, death, and the Devil. Paul described the unconverted as “controlled by the sinful nature” (Rom 7:5), “taken captive and dominated by Satan” (2 Tim 2:26; 1 John 5:19), and so as a practical manner of living, “slaves to sin” (Rom 6:16-17, 20). The writer of Hebrews recognized that the unregenerate live in bondage to the fear of death (Heb 2:15). Basically, the unsaved and unconverted people are radically fallen and stand under the eternal wrath and condemnation of God Almighty. The prophet Daniel under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote that “Multitudes who slept in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan 12:2). All people, being sinners, are slaves of sin and therefore under its power (Rom 5:14). Physically, they are condemned to death, and spiritually they are dead already (Eph 2:1,5; Col 2:13; 1 John 3:14). They are so under the dominion of death that their tendency towards sin itself is called death (Rom 7:24; 8:6, 10). Sin cannot exist without death as its consequences (Rom 6:16, 21; 7:5, 13; James 1:15). To continue in sin is to continue in death; for sinners are in the sphere of death till they are saved out of it (Rom 8:23; 1Cor 15:54).

When we live in old life, we live as rebels and fugitives from God. We might be gifted, cultured, educated, no doubt, but alienated from the life of God. So all our works are dead in front of God. We are slaves of sin. On top of that, we are under the righteous laws of God which dictate the wrath of God on us. All our actions under such a state are nothing but dead works, and requiring repentance! A man‘s spirit before repentance is far away from God and is considered dead, for death is dissociation from life and from God Who is the fountain of life. Death is hence separation from God. Man‘s spirit is dead and therefore unable to commune with Him. Either his soul controls him and plunges him into a life of ideas and imaginations, or the lusts and habits of his body stimulate him and reduce his soul to servitude.
God provided us second chance that desperate sinners might be spared from the wrath to come, inclining to God and His value system so that they might be re-qualified again for their pre-planned glory through repentance from his former sins, and believing in God and His Salvation Gift, Lord and Savor Jesus Christ who was judged in exchange of us! This is called ‘Salvation’. Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences. It comes from God through Jesus Christ (Matt 1:21; Luke 2:11; 19:10; John 3:17; 12:47; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 1:15) and it is possible only because Jesus Christ atoned for sin in his death on the cross (1 Cor 1:18; Titus 2:14).

This salvation is so great that no words can describe it fully. The Bible therefore uses many different pictures of salvation in an effort to help people understand what God has done.
One picture is that of the courtroom, where God the judge declares believers righteous and acquits them (Rom 3:26; 8:33). Another picture is that of slavery, which shows that God has freed believers from the bondage of sin (1Pet 1:18-19). The picture of new birth shows that God gives life to those who are spiritually dead (1Pet 1:23), and the picture of adoption shows how God places believers in his family and gives them the full status of sons (Rom 8:15).
A further picture is that of God’s turning those who are his enemies into his friends (Rom 5:10-11). The picture of a sacrificial offering expresses further aspects of salvation; for example, the death of a sacrificial victim in the place of the sinner (Heb 9:26), and the presentation of an offering to turn away God’s anger against sin (Rom 3:25;). But regardless of whatever picture the Bible uses, it emphasizes constantly that salvation is solely by God’s grace, and that people receive it through faith and repentance (Acts 5:31; 16:30-31; 20:21; 1Cor 1:21; Eph 2:8-9).

In ancient days, a slave could be set free from bondage by the payment of a price, often called the ransom. This process is called redemption. Redemption was a fitting picture of God’s activity in saving sinners. Those who sin are slaves of sin and under the sentence of death, and have no way of releasing themselves from bondage. Jesus Christ came to give his life as a ransom for those under this sentence of death. His death brought forgiveness of sins and so released them from sin’s bondage.
Sinners are therefore redeemed by the blood of Christ through true repentance and genuine believing in the Lord. The ransom price he paid for them was his life laid down in sacrifice (Heb 9:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Rev 5:9). They are freed from the power of sin in their lives now (Heb 2:14-15), and will experience the fullness of their redemption when their bodies also are freed from the power of sin at Christ’s return. That event will bring about not only the final redemption for humankind but also the release of the world of nature from sin’s corrupting power (Luk 21:28; Rom 8:21-23; Eph 4:30). Lord Jesus Christ said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luk 5:32).

The answer is cleared by repenting from our sins and by believing (putting our faith) in Jesus Christ, the begotten Son of God who was given us as substitution!

‘Faith’ and the verb ‘believe’ are different parts of the same word. Although faith involves belief, by far the most important characteristic of faith (in the biblical sense) is reliance, or trust of God and His Salvation Gift, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! To have faith in God is to rely wholly on the God, and not to rely on oneself. The Bible usually speaks of faith in relation to people’s trust in, or dependence on, God and His works. This dependence may concern aspects of physical life such as God’s provision of food, health, protection from harm and victory over enemies (Ps 22:4-5), but above all it concerns aspects of spiritual life such as dependency on God’s provision of salvation and eternal life (Ps 18:2; 40:4; 71:5; 73:26; Prov 3:5; Jer 17:7; John 3:16; Rom 1:16; 5:1). Putting our faith on Christ who provided our redemption by giving His life as the purchase price necessary to release man from the penalty, power, and–one day–from the presence of sin. Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death/shedding of blood was the redemption price. By “substitute” we mean that Christ “took the place of us.” The death we deserved, He died; the penalty we should have paid, He paid. “Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . died for us” (I Th. 5:10), who gave himself a ransom for all” (I Tim. 2:6)

Therefore, faith on Christ’s death for (in the place of) sinners is the most essential element of God’s plan of salvation (In I Cor. 15:3, the words “first of all” mean “first in importance” – showing Christ’s substitutionary death and bodily resurrection to be the most essential contents of the Gospel message) is a basic requirement of all true Christians (Matt 8:13; Mark 9:23; 11:24; Heb 11:6; James 1:6-8). Believe in your heart and proclaim by your tongue that salvation is was originated by God the Father, wrought through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the begotten Son of God, and applied by the Holy Spirit.

Repentance from sin is defined as “an inward decision or change of mind resulting in the outward action of turning from sin to God and righteousness. Acts 20:21 calls it “repentance toward God”. By the act of repentance, you turn from your dead works of sin towards God. Repentance is a personal decision to forsake sin and enter into fellowship with God. It is the power of God that brings the change in the mind, heart, and life of the sinner: “Then God also granted repentance to the Gentiles to life” (Acts 11:18). Repentance is a gift of God: “God has exalted Him [Jesus] with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance…” (Acts 5:31).
Repentance involves your total self and total life. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God since the true biblical definition of repentance is to change one’s mind. To truly repent, God needs to change our minds about sin. “O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psa 97:10). True repentance happens when we see sin as God sees it. It isn’t about being sorry or regretful, and it certainly isn’t about asking for forgiveness; it could be about changing our minds and actions. Repentance is the divinely appointed means of repairing the relationship between God and humankind. Mark 1:15 records the inspired summary of Jesus’ message as He began His ministry: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” A great prophecy/promise is given in the Book of Isaiah: “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins”. “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God”(Rom. 8.7). Following the change of mentality, there must be the bringing of “every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10.5). The mind must be renewed completely since any residue of its carnality is hostile to God. Draw near to the cross of Christ and “Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” Eph 4:17-23.

We receive God’s salvation only when we repent from all our sins and believe Jesus Christ. “God commands all men everywhere to repent” (Act 17:30). Repentance is not arbitrary. It is not left to our preference whether or not we will repent, but it is an indispensable command. God has enacted a law in the High Court of heaven that no sinner shall be saved except the repenting sinner, and He will not break His own Law. Even if all the angels should stand before God and beg the life of an unrepentant person to enter into Heaven, God would not grant it. “The Lord God, merciful and gracious, keeping mercy for thousands and that will by no means clear the guilty’ (Exo 34:6-7). Despite the fact that God is so merciful beyond our comprehension, yet He will not forgive a sinner while the man continued in his sin. “God will by no means clear the guilty” (Exo 34:7). The unrepentant person cannot enter the Kingdom of God because repentance is an imperative prerequisite for entrance into the Kingdom of God. It is not merely an admonition to go to the Kingdom of God but a real warning for the Kingdom of heaven. If God should save men without repentance, making no discrimination, then by this rule He must save all. And in this, He must save not only men but also devils.

Where will you spend eternity? It will be in one of two places, Heaven, or Hell with its Lake of Fire and brimstone. Unless you repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it will be Hell. God did not create Hell for you, my beloved, He created Heaven for the soul of man, and He created Hell for the devil and his angels. And if we go there, it will be our fault. Jesus made a way for you and me by the shedding of His precious Blood. You can be free from all your sins and make Heaven your eternal home forever. Choose life with Him, receive Him into your heart today. Tomorrow may be too late since the salvation day is today from today now. There is no repentance beyond the grave; now is the only golden and irreversible day to seize your Chance of salvation! Use it and live forever! Don’t keep running from God while He is your Lord and Savior. But if you keep running from doing His will, you’ll run right into a God of Wrath in that dark Valley of Death and He will be your Judge. can be saved right now. God Bless you, and may He show His mercy to you!

I encourage you in the Name of God to pray after me by saying the repenting and believing sinner’s prayer as follow:

“Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I genuinely confess that I am a sinner, and I deserve to pay the penalty of my sin on my own. But I do believe that You died for me to pay the debt of my sins. I now repent, and turn from my sin and trust You now as my Savior from my sins and its consequences, and follow You as the Lord of my life. Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins. Wash me by Your precious and holy Blood right now. I will live for You the rest of my life. I’ll obey the call of God and choose You for my life. Dear Lord Jesus, I need You in every moment of my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be, through Your Holy Spirit. I faithfully believe and commit my life to you! Save me from Hell and lake of fire. Favor me in Your kingdom. In the name of God Father, begotten Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, Amen!”

If you have prayed the above prayer in your heart and mouth with full dedication, please read the Bible, Pray regularly, attach yourself to true Gospel follower churches, consult Holy Spirit who lives in you to lead you to the Truth of God by prayer. Please take a moment to contact me by my email: [email protected]

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