As you are pondering the words written on this website about Jesus, we would be remiss not to mention the fact that there should be a sense of urgency in your processing the Gospel. Your conclusions have extreme eternal consequences, and you have a limited time to make them.
In the days of Noah, God saw fit to punish the sins of mankind by sending a flood to restore the earth. Noah was saved because He believed God. He built an ark as the Lord commanded Him. People must have thought Noah had lost his mind, as they watched him spend years of his life building a boat in the middle of a desert. However, when the rain began pouring down, God allowed Noah and his family to enter the ark, and God then “shut them in.” God closed the door of the ark and there were those who experienced God’s mercy within the ark… and those who experienced God’s justice outside the ark. Why is this important? Because God has sent His Son, Jesus, to save us. His Gospel has gone out and been heard around the world. It is a witness of God’s gracious mercy and love for His creation… however, justice is again coming and the doors of salvation will be closed.
Jesus said, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37-39 ESV
God is patient and loving and offers salvation to those who believe in Jesus, God’s Son who died for your sin. However, His long, patient wick will eventually burn down and He will send Jesus to bring justice on all the unrighteous (Revelation 23:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). We don’t know when this will happen, as Noah did not know when the rains would begin. Scripture teaches it will be when we least expect it, and it will happen suddenly… like a thief coming in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3). On this day everything changes… there is no more call to repentance… there are no more chances… there is only salvation for those “in Christ” and judgement for those “outside of Christ.” Today you have options; then, you will not. The justice of Hell awaits those “outside of Christ” (Matthew 25:41). The grace of eternity with God in Heaven awaits those “in Christ” (Matthew 25:34).
You may say… “these choices aren’t fair; I don’t want either.” However, you are not the author of this story. It is ridiculous to read Cinderella and complain “I think the slippers should have been ruby and not glass.” These are not our choices to make, but the author’s. We find ourselves in God’s story, and we were not there giving God counsel when He created all things. We are not the judge of Him… He is the judge of us (Job 38:2-20, 40:8).
Your time is short… you’re not promised tomorrow (James 4:13-16; 1 Peter 1:24-25). You are not even promised your next breath. Choose while you can. Choose well.
Our prayer is that you would not be like the “fool who says there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Please don’t turn from the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ calling it foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-19). Believe the Gospel, be saved, join a church that teaches the Bible, and watch your faith grow as your understanding grows.
Hell was not made for you. If you end up there… it’s no one’s fault but your own. Jesus Christ is your provision. Turn to Him now while you can.
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