ASK THE AVERAGE PERSON today what they know about the teachings
of Jesus Christ and you will most likely hear: "He taught to love your
enemies, to forgive and turn the other cheek, and of course, the golden rule:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." There are other
teachings, however, that don't tend to be as familiar.
Some of them may surprise you . . . V JESUS TAUGHT that few people will [go to] Heaven. He warned:
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth
to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
One reason is because most don't see
themselves as that bad of a person. But . . .
V JESUS TAUGHT that we are all sinners:
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil
things come from within, and defile the man." Mark 7:21- 23
"...for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance." Mat. 9:13
And since unrepentant sinners are
not allowed in Heaven . . .
V JESUS TAUGHT that Hell is the place where they are sent:
"The Son of man [Jesus Christ] shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast
them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
"And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable
for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body
should be cast into hell." Mat. 5:30
"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." Luke 12:5
In Hell, a person does not simply cease to exist because . . . V JESUS TAUGHT that Hell is a place of eternal torment . . .
"And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham
afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." Luke 16:23
. . . a place of fire . . .
"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be
in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in
danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger
of hell fire." Mat. 5:22
"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the
fire." Mat. 7:19
"And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth." Mat. 13:50
"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men
gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." John
. . . a fire that burns forever:
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" Mat. 25:41.
"Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from
thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two
hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire." Mat. 18:8
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life
maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never
shall be quenched:" Mark 9:43.
V JESUS TAUGHT that a person must repent in order to avoid Hell:
"...The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and
believe the gospel." Mark 1:15
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:17
To repent means to change your mind; forsake sin and anything you may be
trusting in to get you to Heaven such as baptism, good deeds, church
membership or self-righteousness, and place ALL your trust in Jesus' payment
for your sins, making Him the one and only Lord and Saviour of your life. This
is necessary because . . .
V JESUS TAUGHT that without repentance there is no salvation:
"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe
not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:24
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel
of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:14-15
Repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ
results in being born again. And . . .
V JESUS TAUGHT that you must be born again:
"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." John 3:3
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:7 Have you been born again? Jesus taught you must be.
What are you waiting for?
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9 Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S
WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." (Rom. 5:8-9)
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." Romans 10:9
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