My Dear Friend:
I have a compelling need to send you this letter. You see, I have a real problem; a problem with which I hope you can help. My problem is that I love people; in fact, the Word of God commands that WE LOVE GOD FIRST and that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So, if I am to have a real love for my neighbor, I must be concerned about his physical well being, and, most importantly, truly concerned about the well being of his soul.
Psalms 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL.
If only one person in the world was lost, and was going to miss heaven and dwell eternally in hell, and that one person was me, then that would make that one soul extremely important. If that were the case, I would hope and pray that someone would be concerned about my soul. By that same argument, I never want it said that I do not care for the souls of others.
Mark 8:36-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
God puts more value on one soul than he does on the whole world. So, if God places that kind of value on one soul, then I had better be concerned about the souls of others. I must see the same value in one soul as God does. I must see their souls as equally important as I see my own.
I ask that you help me by taking the time to read this letter. There is only one reason I would ever send anyone a letter such as this, because «I CARE.» I truly care what happens to you now, and I care what happens to you eternally. I do care for your soul. I am asking that you read this letter as if your «SOUL’S SECURITY» depends on it, BECAUSE IT DOES.
In this day of uncertainties there is only one thing that is truly certain about the future and that is this:
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
The future Day of Judgment is sure. If we are willing to talk about the love of God and His forgiveness, and there is nothing I would rather talk about, we must also be willing to talk about His justice and judgment as well.
Romans 1:18-22 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS.
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
II Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Hebrews 2:3a How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation… Â Luke 13:3b …except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
My friend, we all have a terminal disease and the disease we share in common is called life. Life is terminal; the death rate of all living creatures is 100%. That means that every one of us will one-day die and then stand before God. Another thing that is equally certain is that we don’t know when that day will come.
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Luke 12:15-21 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth NOT in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, THIS NIGHT THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF THEE: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
We must be absolutely sure that when we finally stand before God that we will be justified in His sight. Many people believe their good works will help get them into heaven or that as long as their «GOOD» outweighs their bad, they will be OKAY. This is simply not true. Our works, no matter how good we think they are, will not justify us before God.
Romans 3:23 For ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God.
I John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Romans 2:11-12 For there is NO RESPECT OF PERSONS with God! For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
I Timothy 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and ALL OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSES ARE AS FILTHY RAGS; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away.
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men ; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 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.
Romans 4:5 But to HIM THAT WORKETH NOT, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Revelation 20:11-15 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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was NOT found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
If you look at Rev 20:11-15 carefully you will see that there is a BOOK OF LIFE and in addition there are BOOKS which have the records of all the so-called good works of the masses, «ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS». A person must have his name in THE BOOK OF LIFE to escape being CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. Those who were JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS did not have their names in the BOOK OF LIFE (a separate book) and were CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.
Titus 3:5-7 Not of works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
If I knew everything about you, and you knew everything about me, that God knows about each of us, we would have little or no respect for one another.
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
May I ask the question; «Would you want someone, or anyone for that matter, to trust nothing but your righteousness to get them into heaven?» If your answer is the obvious «NO», since you are a sinner, … then WHY WOULD YOU … trust in YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS?
So how then are we justified in God’s sight? The only righteousness that is worth trusting is the Righteousness that God sent in His Son.
Acts 13:38-39 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Jesus Christ) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: AND BY HIM ALL THAT BELIEVE ARE JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Romans 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, WE SHALL BE SAVED FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM. For if, WHEN WE WERE ENEMIES, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
I Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the JUST for the UNJUST, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
In the preceding verse, «Who is the JUST?» and «Who is the UNJUST?» The just, of course, is Christ Jesus our Lord. The unjust is all the rest of us; for all have sinned.
Philippians 3:4-10 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church: touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. BUT WHAT THINGS WERE GAIN TO ME, THOSE I COUNTED LOSS FOR CHRIST. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, NOT HAVING MINE OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS OF GOD BY FAITH: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
Romans 3:22-30 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: FOR ALL HAVE SINNED, AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded, By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Don’t take a chance with your soul, God didn’t. He sent His Son that you might have life. Â …Jesus said:
John 5:39-40 SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they (the scriptures) are they which testify of me. AND YE WILL NOT COME TO ME, THAT YE MIGHT HAVE LIFE.
John 3:16-17 For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 10:7-10 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are THIEVES and ROBBERS: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 6:35-37 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and HIM THAT COMETH TO ME I WILL IN NO WISE CAST OUT.»
John 3:35-36 The Father loveth the Son, and hath GIVEN ALL THINGS INTO HIS HANDS. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
I John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Please don’t be offended. I mean no malice. My only prayer is that you know the truth and that you act upon it. If I didn’t have knowledge of the Scripture I would want someone to show me the truth and show me the way to obtain eternal life.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE.
Isaiah 1:18-20 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Acts 10:43 …that through His name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
In Jesus Christ there is total and absolute forgiveness of sin; APART FROM JESUS CHRIST, THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SIN.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my words, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
Hebrews 10:10-12 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering which can never take away sins. But this man, AFTER HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God;
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED.
Romans 8:1-2 THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Psalms 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in THY RIGHTEOUSNESS.
IN OTHER WORDS
*** SAVE ME ***
YOU must ask HIM to save YOU
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the SAME LORD OVER ALL is rich unto all that call upon Him. FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.
Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
The Word of God says; I Timothy 2:5-6 For there is ONE God, and ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, the MAN Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
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.
John 1:12 But as many AS RECEIVED HIM, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to then that believe on his name:
Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. THIS IS THE STONE WHICH WAS SET AT NOUGHT OF YOU BUILDERS, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other; FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.
Regardless of what you have been taught, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD and that is THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST. This EXCLUDES any other MAN, WOMAN, or SAINT and/or anything else including RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, YOU DON’T KNOW GOD. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, GOD DOESN’T KNOW YOU.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any MAN HEAR MY VOICE, and OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Christ Jesus stands at your heart’s door and knocks; Invite Him in! Do it today! You are not guaranteed another day or another hour. There is just one heartbeat between you and eternity. Delays are always dangerous.
II Corinthians 6:2 Â …behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Psalms 95:7-8 Â …Today if ye will hear his voice, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART, as in the provocation,… Â (The day they provoked God)
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED from faith to faith; as it is written, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.