So, you want to live
secret to eternal life revealed: It's true. There is a way to
live forever. We're not talking about a hundred years or so, we're
talking about living for 1000 years here on earth (see
Revelation 20:1-6) and then living forever in New Jerusalem.
(See Revelation chapter 21)
do you need to do so you can live forever?
is nothing you can do. No matter how good you are. No matter how
many good things you do for other people. No matter how much money
you give to your church or charities--none of these will help save
you. Getting baptised will not save you. There is nothing you can
do to earn eternal life.
America we find this particularly hard to understand. We are used
to work and reward. If we work hard, do well in school and get a
good education... we'll at be least financially comfortable. If
we work hard at our job, learning to do our job better than we have
to... we'll at least be financially comfortable. It's just the way
we do things. If something is free, especially something major,
there must be a catch. After all, we all know there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
truth is, eternal isn't free, but you are not the one who has to
pay the price. Someone has already paid the price of eternal life
What does eternal life cost?
Why is there a cost associated with eternal
Because, you owe the penalty for everything
you you've done wrong. It's going to be just like in court. You
will stand before a judge. That judge will look at your life and
everything you've done wrong will need to be paid for.
It doesn't matter that you are a better person
than your neighbor or better than your uncle Ned. Each person is
judged individually. There is no grading on a curve.
Have you done wrong? Have you broken
any of God's laws? You bet you have!
Have you ever told a lie? Have you even taken
something that was not yours, even a paperclip from work? Have you
ever looked at a woman (or man) and lusted after that person in
your heart? (The Bible says that lust in your heart is adultery.)
Have you ever fudged a number on your tax return just a little?
After you ever squeezed through an intersection just after the light
turned red? You have done wrong things. And you must pay the penalty
for what you have done wrong.
When you stand before the judge, what is the
required penalty for breaking one of God's laws?
We are not talking physical death. We all
will go through physical death. This is spiritual death--eternal
death. The penalty you must pay is eternal death, which kind of
rules out eternal life, doesn't it.
What you need is someone who is willing to
step in and pay the penalty for you so you don't have to. That way
the other person dies and you get eternal life. Do you think you
can talk anyone into doing that for you?
Even if you could talk a friend into accepting
the death penalty on your behalf, that won't work. Each person first
has to pay the penalty for their own sin. It takes one person to
pay the penalty for one person's sin.
What you need is someone who is more than
a person to die for you.
That person is Jesus Christ. Jesus was the
Son of God, and as God He could take on Himself ALL the sins of
the world and die to pay the penalty for all of us. Jesus Christ
died on the cross to pay the penalty you deserve for all of God's
laws you have broken. He died so that you don't have to.
So your penalty is paid, do you just get eternal
No. If you turn your back on Christ (God)...
if you desire to be separated from God... God gives you exactly
what you want. He'll leave you alone. This, of course, means that
you are on your own to pay the penalty for your own sins.
But if you turn to God... if you accept what
Jesus has done for you... God takes Jesus' death to pay the penalty
for your sins and YOU GET ETERNAL LIFE. You penalty has been paid
in full. You are free from the penalty of sin. Free to live!
We have a choice: We can pay the penalty
for our sins ourselves. That penalty is death. Or we can accept
the free gift God has given us through his grace. God gave us His
only Son, who paid the penalty for our sins so that we can eternal
life with God.
Tell Jesus you will
accept His gift | Brief Biblical
Summary of This Page