Chapter 10

Jesus’ Invitation to You:

How to Receive Eternal Life

 

How can you receive God’s gift of eternal life? How can you be sure your sin is forgiven?

 

There are two places where the spirit of man goes after he dies: heaven where God lives, or hell where Satan will be punished forever. Heaven is beautiful: there is no sickness or sadness there. Hell is a place of suffering in fire. We all deserve to be punished for our sin in hell. But God wants us to be with him in Heaven.

 

Eternal life cannot be earned. It is a gift only an eternal God can give. Though God has done so much to show his love toward man, each person must make a choice with what He will do with the gift God. Every gift of value has a high price. The gift of eternal life cost God the life of His only Son Jesus Christ. It is the shed blood of Jesus that cleanses us from sin. You can be forgiven by God!

 

Three days after Jesus died on the cross, He came back to life as he had predicted. This signified that he had power over sin, death, and our enemy the Devil. Through his death in your place, he paid the penalty for your sin. Through his resurrection, he enables eternal life to the sinner that turns from his own rebellious way to believe on Jesus. It is necessary to admit that as a sinner, you are going the wrong way. You deserve death and judgment in the lake of fire for your sin and you cannot save yourself.

 

Believe that God offers an alternative to eternal punishment. By turning from your own way and trusting in Jesus alone as your only hope of deliverance, you may have eternal life! You must receive the righteousness of God by believing on Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

 

We each have a choice to make. We can believe the lie of the devil who says, “You are good enough, keep trying to be better. Your religion will be enough for God.” Satan is a liar and keeps people in fear and darkness. Jesus says, “Come to me, and I will give you peace and rest.” He is the light of the world.

 

Are you willing to abandon trusting your own self-righteousness, good works, and religion? Are you willing to submit yourself to God and acknowledge him as your only Lord and Saviour? God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. His mercy is longsuffering, but there will come a time when He no longer withholds his wrath. Come to him today: He gives grace to the humble. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

 

Will you believe Jesus’ words? He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

 

If you believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, you may have eternal life today. You simply must turn from your way and quit trusting in your own good works and religion. This is repentance.

 

Accept Jesus’ invitation to come to him. He will not turn away any who come to him for eternal salvation. He eagerly awaits to forgive you of your sin and welcome you into the family of God. This is Faith.

 

Please carefully read the words below.

 

You May Have Eternal Life Today!

 

1. Realize That God Loves You 

God loves you unconditionally and has a purpose for your life.

“For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

 

 2. The Bible Says That All Men Are Sinners

Our sins have separated us from God.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

 3. God’s Word Also Says That Sin Must Be Punished 

“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23b)

Wages means payment. The payment of our sin is death and hell, separation from God forever. If we continue in our sin, we shall die without Christ and be without God forever.

 

 4. The Good News Is That Christ Paid For Your Sins

All our sins were laid on Christ on the cross. He paid our sin debt for us. The Lord Jesus Christ died and arose from the dead. He is alive forevermore! “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

 

  5. You Must Believe on Christ Alone to Save You

Repenting of your sin, depend on Christ to cleanse you with his blood. “...the blood of Jesus Christ [God’s] Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7b)

Receive Christ by faith to save you. The Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12)

 

6. Become a Child of God by Faith in Christ 

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

You may pray to God right now: “Dear God in Heaven, I admit that I am a sinner and helpless to change myself. I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose again to give me eternal life. I now receive your forgiveness that you offer. Come into my life as my Saviour and Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.”

 

7. New Life is Given to Them Who Believe On Christ 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.”    (II Corinthians 5:17)

“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...” (I John 5:13)

If you have made a decision to trust in Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, please tell someone today! I would be so grateful if you would send me an email so that I may rejoice with you. You may send an email to pilgrimoftruth@yahoo.com.

 

 

I encourage you to read more stories about the life and works of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible. I recommend that you begin reading the Gospel of John because it was written for all men in the world to understand who Jesus is that we may believe on Him as our Saviour. There is a resource available titled That Ye Might Believe that will aid you as you read through this powerful Book of the Bible. Click on the page Gospel of John Study. Please read the Introduction to the record of John’s Gospel of Jesus Christ below.

 

The writer of this book is affectionately known as “John the Beloved” or “the one whom Jesus loved.” John was the son of a fisherman and became one of the closest followers of Jesus. It was with John whom Jesus entrusted his mother Mary to care for while he was dying on the cross. After Jesus returned to Heaven, John and his brother James became great leaders in the church of Jerusalem. They also suffered great persecution for being Christians. 

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