Maybe you have seen our billboard and were curious about the message….
Or Maybe you have visited our Website and saw the picture of the Billboard…
The question on the Billboard is “Where Will You Spend Eternity?”
The Good News is that according to the Bible, You Can Know Where You Will Spend Eternity!
James 4:14 reminds us that life is BRIEF. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
The first verse in Proverbs 27 says, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Not only can life be brief, but sometimes our lives can end unexpectedly. Many people pass away into eternity with very little warning. This is why it is so important to prepare for eternity.
Our culture is filled with encouragements for people to prepare for retirement, save for their children’s college education, and securing an appropriate life insurance policy “Just In Case.” How foolish it would be to prepare for those you may leave behind, without considering what will happen to you….
There was a man once who was preparing to go to work early one morning. He was running behind and trying to remember all the things he needed to grab before he scurried out the door. What he didn’t know was this, that he would be involved in a tragic car accident on the highway that would suddenly end his life.
This man had money saved for his family, life insurance, and had prepared ahead of time to take care of those he left behind. However, the one thing he didn’t prepare for, Eternity. Are you like this man?
Have You Prepared for Eternity?
Jesus said in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
The Bible tells a man how he can prepare for eternal life. Paul reminded Timothy about where we could find the truths about eternal life in II Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
What does the Bible say about Eternity? The best Bible story that illustrates the hereafter is found in Luke 16:19-31. Jesus tells the story of 2 men who lived very different lives here on earth. The one man was rich, had nice clothes, and lived “the good life.” The other man, named Lazarus, was poor. The Bible says that Lazarus was just a beggar who wanted the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Also, the Bible says that Lazarus was sick, and his body was full of sores.
The Bible then records that both men died here on earth, but both men were both still very much alive in the hereafter. It was recorded that Lazarus was carried by the angels into the Abraham’s Bosom, into paradise. This was a place of comfort, rest, and refreshment.
The rich man also died and was buried, and the Bible records in Luke 16:23, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.”
This is truly a tragic end. You will find that the story records that those who went to hell are trapped, incarcerated, and have no hope of escape. The rich man had feelings, thirst, and he even desired that someone would go to his 5 brothers to tell them the truth about hell. He didn’t want his brothers to die and come to the same place as he was.
My friend, there is a Heaven to Gain, and a Hell to Shun. The place called Hell is referred to often in the Scriptures. It is a place of eternal torment.
Let us encourage you to become acquainted the Good News that God has given to us, “The Gospel.”
I Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:
In God’s eternal economy, sin had to paid for. It was Jesus Christ who paid for all the sins of mankind on the cross. He died for our sins, just as the Scripture declares. He suffered for our sin as a substitute.
Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned.” Isaiah 53:5-6 declares that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of mankind.
STEP 1: Acknowledge Sin
My friend, the first step to having peace with God about eternity is recognizing your sinful condition. Many people are too proud to believe that their sins separate them from God. They are too proud to believe that they might be “Bad Enough” to go to hell.
Have you ever acknowledged your sinful condition before God? Psalm 51:3, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.”
Have you acknowledged that Jesus Christ took your personal sin and paid for it on Calvary? I remind you that Jesus Christ was innocent. He was blameless. He never personally sinned. This knowledge, when appropriated properly, produces a guilt and shame in our lives because someone else had to suffer in our place. This is the kind of acknowledgement that is necessary for Salvation.
STEP 2: Acknowledge that you can’t save yourself
Many people think that Heaven is a reward for their good deeds on earth. In fact, many people have a “Lady Justice” type of idea about going to heaven. They believe that if their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds, then God will let them into Heaven. Others believe that acts of religion help save them, like, tithing or giving to charities, getting baptized, or serving the church or community.
The Bible makes is abundantly clear that we are not saved by WORKS. In fact, the Bible says that if we are performing good works in order to atone for our sins, God views them as “Filthy Rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)
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.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
STEP 3: ACCEPT THE TRUTH THAT IT IS GOD’S DESIRE TO SAVE YOU
Recognize that God does not want you to leave this earth without your sins forgiven.
II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
I Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
This is great news! Jesus came into the world to save sinners, not to condemn them!
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God loves you, and sent his Son Jesus Christ to die in our place. He paid for all of your sins on Calvary’s cross, and promises to forgive and save everyone who comes to Him in Faith!
NOT ONLY DOES GOD DESIRE FOR YOU TO BE SAVED, HE PROVIDED A WAY FOR YOU TO BE SAVED, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!
STEP 4, REPENT, CONFESS, BELIEVE, and RECEIVE
Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change in action. In Luke 15, repentance was pictured by a rebellious son who changed his mind about his lifestyle and went home to his father. The young man found that his father was watching for his return, and was ready to forgive him for everything he had done. The young man made a humble confession to his father.
Repentance and Humility go hand in hand. Twice in the New Testament it is recorded that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. A humble confession is necessary for Salvation.
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.
Believing is trusting the promises that God has given us in His word! God’s word says that He will not turn away repentant sinners who come to Him in Faith.
It is Faith that opens our lives to Receiving the Lord. Jesus Christ promises to save those who Believe on His Name!
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Where Will You Spend Eternity?
We can say with full assurance that the Bible says you can KNOW if you are saved or not. You can KNOW if you’re going to heaven!
I John 5:11-13
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Eternal Life is a gift from God that must be received by faith! If you don’t know where you will spend eternity, Believe the Bible when it says that YOU CAN KNOW!
Today with all your heart, turn away from your sin, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Turn your life over to the Lord, you won’t regret it!
If you would like to learn more, please contact us by phone or email, and we will be happy to help you fully understand where you will spend eternity!