by Shawn Brasseaux
Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
Have you ever sat quietly and thought of eternity? If you were to die, have you thought of where you would go? Do you have complete assurance of going to heaven? Perhaps you are far too busy in this life to ponder the next one, and you may not even care about eternity. For those who would like to know, here is the salvation plan—plain and simple, as God made it.
God left His Word in human hands so that everyone would have the chance to know their eternal destiny with absolute certainty. You have an opportunity to make a decision to come to a knowledge of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. I strongly encourage you to take the Lord’s offer this very minute and run with it (2 Corinthians 6:2). It is too late to do anything once you die, so please take this seriously.
Salvation is a necessity for everyone. You are a sinner, not because you sin, but because you are born a sinner; you are born a child of Adam, and you have inherited a sin nature (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-19). You sin because of your sin nature, not vice versa. God’s righteous nature demands that everyone who sins must die, and be eternally separated from Him (Romans 6:23; Romans 8:6-8). However, God has already done everything to cancel out your sin debt completely, and He will apply Christ’s righteousness and faithfulness to your “account” once you place your faith in the Gospel alone as means for salvation. You are already forgiven, but this is not license for you to continue sinning (Romans 6:15).
Through Jesus Christ’s divine bloodshed, death, burial, and resurrection, everyone has been reconciled with God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Neither you nor any church can play any role in your reconciliation with God. Christ’s righteousness saves you. Period. Romans 10:9,10 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us that we need to trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour by relying exclusively on His righteousness, His sinless bloodshed, and His resurrection as means for salvation. Just believe (having faith, trust) in the Gospel of God’s Grace for salvation. It is so simple, yet so many will refuse God’s generous offer. I hope you think about it, and I hope you choose wisely. The ball is in your court now.