Eternity – What is your Plan?
In this world it seems there are plans for
almost every kind of contingency in the circumstances of individuals
and nations although it is very doubtful how many of these would
actually succeed in the event they were ever needed and tried.
The reason for such doubt is that these
plans (even with the best of intentions) all depend on human beings
and their abilities and powers which, even at their greatest, are
limited and, as we all know from history and experience, subject to
The solemn and unavoidable fact is that the
plans of individuals and nations fail because they depend on fallen
A Most Serious Situation
Now, dear reader, the situation is most
if humanity cannot provide reliable plans
for its own safety, protection and well-being here on earth during
life's relatively short span,
it becomes a much more vital question and
consideration as to what it could do regarding the certainties
which every human being must face in eternity.
Despite all that may be said to the
contrary, it is God "with whom we have to do", Hebrews 4: 13.
We do well then to attend to what He says
in the Holy Bible ignoring the vain mouthings of persons who in
their sin and folly make bold
The solemn truth is that individuals as
such can do nothing but face the reality that,
as the Bible says "It is the portion of
men once to die, and after this judgment", Hebrews 9: 27.
The Lord Jesus also said clearly that "No
one comes to the Father unless by Me", John 14: 6.
There is, however, Good News over against
all that has been truly and accurately stated before and that is
the Blessed God, recognising the fallen
and lost condition of His creature, has moved from His own side to
provide a wonderful Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Yet even such grace and compassion, as
faithfully recorded in the four gospels in the Bible, were not
enough in themselves to establish and secure the unchallengeable
basis in righteousness upon which God could forgive and bless, now
and eternally, all who in repentance would come to Him through
that basis clearly required the shedding
of the precious blood of Jesus at the cross of Calvary;
as the Bible says "and without
blood-shedding there is no remission" [ forgiveness of sins ],
Hebrews 9: 22.
The Blessed God "has not spared His own
Son, but delivered Him up for us all" – "even unto death, and that
the death of the cross", Romans 8: 32; Philippians 2: 8.
It will, therefore, be readily
understandable that He is by no means going to accept any unholy
approach by His fallen creatures in their sins, ignorance and
wilfulness; by persons ignoring the Saviour of God's providing, the
efficacy of His precious blood and His availability to "save
completely those who approach by Him to God", Hebrews 7: 25.
Truly, the plans of individuals and nations
fail because they depend on themselves fallen men and women but
God's plans succeed because they depend on "the Man Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself a ransom for all", 1 Timothy 2: 6.
This is the Good News, this is the Gospel.
The work of redemption and salvation has
been fully accomplished by Christ so that God is now free to make
known through the gospel His purposes, thoughts and desires for your
blessing both now and eternally.
You may, perhaps, think that you are
but the Bible says "there is no
difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God", Romans 3: 22,23.
It also says "For this cause, even as by
one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death; and thus
death passed upon all men", Romans 5: 12.
You do well then to face the reality of the
facts as God sees and states them and not according to what you
might wish to believe as misled by the devil, Satan, of whose
devices or thoughts we should not be ignorant.
God's Way of Salvation
You may ask, as did the jailor in Philippi, "What must I do that I
may be saved?" and the same simple, yet true, answer remains
The apostle Paul wrote that he was "not
ashamed of the glad tidings; for it is God's power to salvation,
to every one that believes", Romans 1: 16.
The Lord Jesus Himself said "Repent and
believe in the glad tidings", Mark 1:15.
Why would you not recognise your urgent
need of a personal Saviour in the clear light of the truth and of
the facts and turn to Him in simple faith and repentance?
God's present disposition is one of grace
and readiness to forgive all who come to Him through Christ.
How wonderful amid the confusion, grave
uncertainties and ominous clouds of this world to have your faith
established in the One who has never failed the Lord Jesus Christ
and into whose hand the Father "has given all things", John 3: 35.
Salvation: Now and for Eternity
You will discern, I am sure, that God's
glorious plan of salvation is not only for the future eternity but
also for the present time as the apostle Paul wrote:
"our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself
for our sins, so that He should deliver us out of the present evil
world, according to the will of our God and Father", Galatians
Do not look elsewhere, do not look for any
other saviour because, as the Bible says,
The Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven at
the right hand of God (Acts 2: 33) awaiting the soon-coming moment
Meanwhile God gives the gift of the Holy
Spirit "to those that obey Him" (Acts 5: 32) so that they may be
empowered to walk here pleasing to Him and to the Lord Jesus, apart
from the world system which "lies in the wicked one", 1 John 5: 19.
Now is the Day of Salvation
May what has been written affect your
conscience and touch your heart,
not only to read further in the Bible
about God's wonderful thoughts in purpose even before the world
was founded (Ephesians 1: 4)
and the greatness and glory of the One
who has brought all to pass, the Lord Jesus Christ,
but that you yourself recognising your
need for the forgiveness of sins may turn now in faith and
repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ to find in Him your own
personal Saviour and Lord.
Do not put it off to some vague future day
that may never come:
Andrew Robertson, U.S.A.
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