Believe and receive God’s gift of eternity

In today’s world, we are told wrong is right, and right is wrong. The trouble is, we no longer accept the word of God as our guide for our standard of living. If it is not politically correct, then it is wrong.

Let me ask some simple questions about the Bible: What should we believe? Let us say there is no God or devil; no heaven or hell; the Bible was written by one man, not 30-plus men; when you die, you are just put in the ground or maybe you come back again until you get it right.

All you need to do is add an O to God and remove the D from the devil, and you have good and evil.

With no heaven or hell, what happens? They just dig a hole, and put you in it, with nothing happening. Or maybe you come back again and again. How many times do we have to come through this life before we get it right? Ask yourself this: Who tells us when we get it right?

If one man wrote the Bible, his ideas on how we should treat one another are better to live by than the way we treat each other today.

What if the Bible was written by 30-plus men? Ask yourself, what if you are wrong? If there is a god and a devil, not just good and evil, then what? What if heaven and hell are real? And when you die, you go to one or the other, not a hole in the ground. Which one are you willing to believe in? The choice is yours only.

When I say believe and receive God’s gift, what do I mean? Romans 6:23 tells us, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord.”

So how do we receive this gift of eternal life?

In John 3:16-18: “For God so loved the world (you) that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever (you) believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not His Son into this world to condemn the world (you); but that the world (you) through him might be saved. He (you) that believeth in Him (Jesus) is not condemned; but He (you) that believeth not is condemned already, because he (you) hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.”

So how do we receive this gift of eternal life? Romans 10:13-17 tells us we must believe in him and that “whosoever (you) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How do they call upon the Lord? By hearing the word preached, taught, read or somebody telling them about Jesus Christ.

In the world today, people believe that just by being good and doing right, they will get into heaven. The religious leaders came to Jesus and called him “good master,” and he said, “Why call me good? Only the father is good.”

Do we ever become good enough to go to heaven? No. No, we get there by believing and accepting the gospel. So, what is the gospel? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel is what tells us about the gift of eternal life and how to receive it.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”