A Voice in the
What are the choices...?
Jesus promised.. "In My Father's house are many mansions..I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:2-3)
God gave John visions of the future.. "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and first earth had passed away...and the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.' (Rev 21:1-3)
Heaven is exclusive.. "...but there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life." (Rev 21:27)
Judgment.. "And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged, each one according to their works, by the things written in the books. Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev 20:12-15)
Characteristics of the condemned.. "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Rev 21:8)
Results of trying to get to heaven the wrong way.. "When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment...and said to the servants, 'Bind him..take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Mt 22:11-13)
What kind of judgment.. "..to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched" (Mk 9:43)
Eternal doom.. "And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh." (Isa 66:24)
Why will people go to Hell?
Nobody is good.. There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." (Rom 3:10-12)
Even our best isn't good enough.. "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rages.." (Isa 64:6)
The First sin, disobeying God.. God said to Adam, "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die ...the woman...took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." (Gen 2:17, 3:6)
Whole human race corrupted.. "For as in Adam all die...just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." (1Cor 15:22, Rom 5:12)
Sin is inherited at birth.. ...behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...for the wages of sin is death." (Ps 51:5, Rom 3:23, 6:23)
Punishment is well deserved.. "The soul who sins shall die...and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself...it is their just due." (Ez 18:20, Rev 16:6)
Is there a way to escape hell, and go to Heaven?
God's gift is through Christ.. "...the wages of sin is death, But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 6:23)
Christ's blood.. "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1Jn 1:7)
Undeserved, not of self.. "By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph 2:8-9)
God's great mercy and cleansing.. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5)
We were helpless sinners.. "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly...God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5:6,8)
Jesus, the Only Way.. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn 14:6)
What must I do to be Saved?
Faith in Christ.. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31)
Believe that God exists.. "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is [exists], and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Heb 11:6)
Humility and Contrition.. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:8-10)
Repentance.. "These times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30)
God's extreme patience.. "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise...but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2Pet 3:9
Key Elements of the Salvation Message--available to ALL people.. Paul reviews "I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you...testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks [Gentiles], REPENTANCE toward God and FAITH toward our Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 20:20-21)
No time to waste.. "..behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2Cor 6:2)
Characteristic of a Believer.. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2Cor 5:17)
--------------- Further In-depth [Doctrinal Teaching] on "Salvation"