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Must I Be Saved? (Part 2)

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Everyone knows that one day, we are all going to die… this is an irrefutable fact. So what happens after death? What awaits us?

Is there actually a “other” side?

If there was ever a critical set of questions, you just read them. Now let’s get the answers.

by Gillis Triplett

Here’s what the Bible says about death.

Psalm 89:48 AMP
What man can live and shall not see death, or can deliver himself from the [powerful] hand of Sheol (the place of the dead)? Selah [pause, and calmly consider that]!

Hebrews 9:27
And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Death is a universal fact, but what is this judgment spoken of in Hebrews 9:27? The apostle Paul spoke of this judgment:

II Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Romans 2:16
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ…

Jude also spoke of this judgment:

Jude 14-15
14 Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

When you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, you will stand for yourself, by yourself, with no one else! All of the agnostic and atheistic beliefs… all of the philosophical rantings and religious dissertations about God and eternal life will be moot and irrelevant. You will be judged solely by the Written Word of God.

Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

This judgment can be classified as the final judgment because once a man or woman stands before God, and is judged, it’s either heaven or hell… there’s no turning back. Unlike traffic court, when you appear before this Judge, you get no time extensions to get your act together. There are no provisions for you to file a motion to delay your case. You can’t call together a dream team of attorneys such as Johnnie Cochran, Mark Geragos, and Robert Shapiro to plead your case. If you meet the requirements, you go unto the resurrection of life. If you fail to meet the requirements, you go unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 5:29
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Let’s take a glimpse at the resurrection of damnation, which means a person is eventually cast into the lake of fire. By the way, forget what you have been told about hell because it is not the final place reserved for those who have rejected the Word of God. The Scriptures reveal that in the end, those who have rejected Christ will be cast into a place called the lake of fire.

Luke 12:5
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear; fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Revelation 20:14,15
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

If talking about death, eternal life, heaven, and hell frightens you, then you had better pay close attention because people who have their name written in the Lamb's book of life have absolutely no fear of death, hell, or the grave. It is the people who have decided to play Russian roulette with their souls, who should be very afraid of these subjects.

In the state of Georgia, the police sometimes have checkpoints to catch drunk drivers and to verify that everyone is driving with a valid driver’s license and auto insurance. If I pass through one of those checkpoints, I never sweat the police because I don't drink, I keep my driver’s license valid, and I always have automobile insurance. It is the people who drink and drive, have no auto insurance or no driver’s license who start sweating when they see the police. In the final judgment, when you stand before God, will you stand before Him fearful or overwhelmed with, “I’m guilty, He’s got me,” jitters? Or, will you stand before Him with confidence and boldness?

I John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment…

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy…

Out of all the things I have shared with you thus far, make sure you get this next point drilled into your brain. There’s only one way to have boldness in the day of judgment. Your name must be recorded in the book of life. If it is not, I don’t know what to tell except that no one is going to be able to help you. Not even God!

Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

How does one get his or her name written in the book of life? Here’s how.

John 3:3,7
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Matthew 18:3
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The Scriptures reveal that you must be born-again. You must be converted. That is the only method to have your name recorded in the book of life. Are you born again? Have you been converted? Before you answer those questions, let’s find out how a person becomes born again.

Romans 10:9-10,13
9 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

You obtain eternal life by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and confessing Him as your Lord. At that point your name is recorded in the book of life. That is the simplicity of the gospel. Jesus summed up the entire plan of salvation in four verses of Scripture:

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 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.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

Personally, one of the many things that I love about the Lord God is that He made His Word easy to understand. And these scriptures make being converted super clear. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and if you believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died and that God raised Him up from the dead and then you confess Him as Lord of your life, the Bible teaches that you are now saved. If you have never prayed the prayer of salvation and you want to have eternal life, then pray this prayer out loud:

Lord,

You said in your Word, to those that come to Me, I will in no wise cast them out, (John 6:37). You also said in your Word, whosoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved, (Romans 10:13). I call on the Name of the Lord and I believe that Jesus Christ died and was buried and I believe that God raised Him from the dead and I confess Him as Lord of my life.

According to Your Word, I am saved and my name is now recorded in the Lamb’s book of life! Thank You Lord for giving me eternal life! I can call you Abba Father and I call Jesus, my Lord. Thank You Father for accepting me into your family, which is now my family, the family of God.

In Jesus Name, Amen

If you prayed that prayer out loud with your whole heart you are now saved! You have been made the righteousness of God through the shed Blood of Jesus the Christ. You are not converted because you feel like it. Don't ever base your walk with Christ on your feelings. Your feelings can and will change but the Word of God stays the same, (See Hebrews 13:8). Christians are commanded to walk by faith and not by their feelings, (See II Corinthians 5:17). You are converted because you believed and then obeyed the Scriptures. You are now a new creation in Christ Jesus.

II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are new.

What does this transformation mean? It means that God has wiped out your sinful past no matter how ugly it was and your name will not be blotted out of the Lamb's book of life. Some people would say but Brother Triplett, I didn't have a sinful past. I’ve never lived an ungodly, dirty, or rebellious life. The Scriptures record that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, (See Romans 3:23). We were all born into iniquity.

Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Psalms 51:5
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Your mother could have been a bona fide saint, but once you passed through her birth canal, you were born into a sinful and sin-filled world. When you came to the age of accountability, you are required to make a decision between heaven and hell. You may have never cursed, lied, stolen or committed fornication or adultery. You may be a chaste virgin who volunteers for the Salvation Army and Habitat For Humanity, but you are not in need of salvation because of what you did or didn’t do! You need salvation because of how you were born in sin, just like everyone else.

But thanks be unto God for His abundant mercy in that while we were yet sinners, He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Amen! Now that you are born again, according to the Scriptures, this is just the beginning of your new life in Christ. Where a lot of Christians and ministers blow it, is that they stop right here. They come to a brake-locking, tire screeching halt, right at the new birth. But the new birth is just the beginning. It is the starting point of your relationship with the Lord. In order for me to assist you in getting on track as a new babe in Christ, and getting you to the next level, there are four things you need to do:

1). Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
2). Purchase a Good Study Bible
3). Find a Good Church Home
4). Find your God-given purpose

Do those things and you’ll be well on your way to being a productive faith-filled Believer. Please contact our ministry to let us know that you have prayed the prayer of salvation.

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