Two friends were talking about religious topics. They discussed the question of punishment for sin in a future life. They settled to their own satisfaction that there was none. They decided that Hell was a myth. They argued that there was no need for God or a Supreme Being since scientists say that the universe and life and man could have come into being through “natural” causes. And they agreed that even if there were a God, He would be a God of love and thus could not consign His creatures to everlasting punishment.
The conversation dropped when a Christian, who had been a silent listener to the discussion said, “Suppose it is true after all?”
The words seemed to fall on the ears of the other two with crushing force. The power of God seemed behind those words, as it always is behind the truth. Solemn silence reigned for many minutes. God had spoken.
Suppose it is true after all that the God of the Bible is real and living? Would you, a mortal being, be willing to risk your eternal destiny by arguing against the eternal “God, who cannot lie” (Titus 1:2)?
Suppose it is true after all that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)? When you stand before the Creator-God on the Day of Judgment, what reason will you offer for having given all the glory and credit for the beauties and glories of the earth and the universe to the impersonal “god” of chance and nature rather than the personal Creator-God?
Suppose it is true after all that God must punish sin? How would you stand before Him? What could you say to Him? How would you measure up before the Judge? “Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
Suppose it is true after all that Hell is a reality? What lies at the end of the life you are now leading? The Scripture says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Suppose it is true after all that the Lord Jesus is the only Saviour and His death and resurrection provide the only means by which you can be fitted for God’s presence? What if you neglect Him? “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
They are a fatal mistake, if you rely on any of these good works to save or to help to save youSuppose it is true after all that the much-despised “blood of Jesus” is the only thing that can cleanse you from your sins? Has it cleansed you before God, or are you still in your sins going on rapidly to the eternity of the lost? “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Suppose it is true after all, as Scripture states, that salvation is not of works? “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). All the church-going, Sunday school teaching, sick visiting, and the like are worse than useless. They are a fatal mistake, if you rely on any of these good works to save or to help to save you “To him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
Suppose it is true after all? If it is true, your doom will be terrible if you “die in your sins” (John 8:24). Come to Christ today and be saved. “Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
It is true. Act on it!
Moments with the Book
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