IT NOW DEPENDS ON YOU!
There was a time when our soul's salvation depended entirely upon
the Lord. When man
sinned he deserved to die in his sins, God has said, "... for in
the day thou eatest thereof thou
strait surely die." Gen. 2:1 7b. "The wages of sin is death." Rom.
6:23a. In Ezekiel, God says,
"... the soul that sinneth, it shall DIE." BUT God, who is rich in
mercy (Eph. 2:4), loved us
and had already devised a means to save us from our sins.
HE HAD A PLAN TO SAVE
Before a man had ever sinned, God in His great foreknowledge had
devised a PLAN to save
him. That is why He says in 1 Peter 1:20 that Christ was "verily
before the foundation of the world" as the Lamb that was slain for
lost sinners. In the mind of
God, Christ died for sinners before the world was made. Rev. 13:8
"... the Lamb slain before
the foundation of the world." His PLAN is simply how "that Christ
DIED (the wages of sin)
for our sins and was buried and rose again the third day." 1 Cor.
HE MADE A PROVISION TO SAVE
The Plan He devised He put into effect for we read in 1 Peter 1:20
"... that He (Christ) was
manifest in these last times FOR YOU." This is what is meant in
Romans 5:6 where we
read, "IN DUE TIME Christ died for the ungodly." When He was born
the angels announced
His birth by saying, "Unto you is born this DAY in the city of
David a SAVIOUR, which
is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:1 1 . As the Lord provided a lamb for
Isaac (Gen. 22:7,8) so He
has for us. Abraham called the name of that place,
"Jehovah-Jireh", which means "the Lord
will PROVIDE." Gen. 22:14.
HE GAVE HIS PROMISE TO SAVE
God in His great mercy toward us has not only PLANNED and PROVIDED
us, BUT He has PROMISED to save. Even before the foundation of the
world He gave
His promise, for we read in Titus 1:2, "In hope of eternal life,
which God, that cannot lie,
PROMISED before the world began." The "Gospel", His PLAN and
PROMISED through all His prophets in the holy scriptures Romans
1:2. Listen to this lovely
promise to YOU. "Whosoever (anybody) believeth (trusts) in Him
(Christ) should not perish
(die and go to hell) BUT have eternal life (that is the promise)."
Jn. 3:15. God said it, so it
must be true, since He cannot lie. Tit. 1:2.
IT NOW DEPENDS ON YOU
God's work in man's salvation, as to His PLAN, PROVISION and
PROMISE, is complete.
He cannot add to it. It is perfect in every detail. NOW He waits
for you. It no longer depends
upon Him BUT upon YOU. It is your turn to act. Act you MUST or
perish forever. Lk. 13:3
says, "Repent or perish." Jn. 3:16 says "Believe or >; perish."
Your action is clear; it is
"REPENT and BELIEVE". You might ask, "How do I do that?" Let me
make it as clear as 1,
2, 3 and as simple as A, B. C.
1. UNDERSTAND HIS PLAN to save. 2 Cor. 5:21. God "hath made Him
(Christ) to be sin
for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him."
2. ACCEPT HIS PROVISION TO SAVE. 1 Tim. 2:6, "Who gave Himself a
on behalf of others) for all, to be testified in due time." Also
read Gal. 1 :4.
3. TRUST HIS PROMISE TO SAVE He said. "... him that cometh to me I
WILL IN NO
WISE cast out." Jn. 6:37. "I give unto them eternal life and "THEY
PERISH." Jn. 10:28.
A. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SINFULNESS BEFORE GOD. "All have sinned and
short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23.
B. BELIEVE (trust) IN CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR. "Believe on the Lord
and THOU SHALT BE SAVED." Acts 16:31.
C. CONFESS HIM AS YOUR SAVIOUR BEFORE MEN. "Whosoever therefore
confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father
which is in heaven." Matt.
10:32. Rom. 10:9,10.
Will you take your bible and carefully consider all the scriptures
used and seriously consider
your eternal salvation? It NOW DEPENDS on you. To be lost, do
nothing. To be saved, repent
and trust Christ as Saviour. The choice is yours. "Today if you
will hear His voice, HARDEN
not your hearts." Heb. 3:15. "Behold NOW is the accepted time
(time when He is accepting all
sinners through Christ): behold NOW is the day of salvation." 2
Cor. 6:2. "How shall we
ESCAPE if we NEGLECT so great salvation." go Heb. 2:3.
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