Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Our life is our most precious possession. Yet it's like a small and isolated puddle of water that is quickly evaporating in the heat of a dry desert. Even though we may surround ourselves with people and things to keep us busy, we are alone in this desert called "life."
We are alone with our thoughts and fears. Let me speak to that part of you; that hidden and vulnerable part that you carefully guard.
I would like you to consider one thing; your demise. Nothing else really matters. Please listen to me because in the darkness, there really is light. That is, if you care to look for it.
Death is a part-payment for wages well-earned. It is a due sentence given by Divine Justice that none of us can deny--"But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." A morally perfect Creator sees our thoughts, and holds us accountable to that standard.
Look at some more of the Commandments: You shall not steal. You shall not lie, or covet. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain. You shall have no other gods before me. Their purpose is to show us that we have sinned. Have you kept or violated the moral Law? Have you put other "gods" before Him?—things to whom you have given your affection-—nature, pleasure, people? Have these become your idols.
Be honest with yourself and let your conscience remind you of things you have done, that you knew were morally wrong. Without that knowledge you will never, ever, call upon the mercy of the Judge. It is "knowledge" that causes a dying patient to trust a skillful surgeon who can save him from sure death.
Knowledge is power, and in this case, it has the power to lead to your salvation. It can take you to the One who can save you from death, and from what comes after death--a very real and terrible Hell.
What is sometimes called "saving knowledge" was mentioned by the prophet Hosea, hundreds of years B.C. God said through him, "My people are destroyed though lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). My problem before I came to know God was a lack of knowledge, and it is probably your problem also.
So, to be saved from death and Hell, you must have "knowledge of sin." Do you have it? Did the Law of God get through to you, or did your pride stop it from doing its incredible work? I trust you have been humbled by the Commandments, so that you can appropriate the further knowledge that the gospel brings, knowledge that can save you from death.
The most wonderful truth you will ever hear is that God is rich in mercy. Guilty though we are, He in His great love provided a Savior--One who is able to save His people from their sins. Without Him, sin will be the death of you. It will justly sweep you into Hell. But God became a Man—-Jesus of Nazareth, and took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. He was bruised from our iniquities. God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We broke God's Law (the Ten Commandments) and Jesus paid our fine in full. That means that God can legally dismiss your case. He can commute your death-sentence and let you live.
After He had purchased our salvation, Jesus rose from the dead, destroying death forever, for all that obey Him—-"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:8-9).
So, please, repent today. Confess your sins to God, and then forsake them. Then trust alone in Jesus for your eternal salvation and God will forgive you and give you everlasting life.
So there you have it. Those would be my dying words to you. There would be no arguments about God's existence, and no contentions about speciation or the age of the earth. If you obey the gospel, these things will be seen for what they really are. They will fall away like moths that cling to the sides of the space shuttle as it rises in power towards the heavens. They are insignificant bugs that will be forgotten the moment you come to know Him "whom to know is life eternal." I would add one more important Post Script to my last words: I love you, care about you, and want more than anything else to see you in Heaven. Please don't disappoint me.
Btw. This isn't the first time I have proclaimed my death on this blog. One day I will get it right.
Posted by Ray Comfort on 3/29/2011 06:41:00 AM
RAY COMFORT, DEAD AT 61