“…The Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, ‘Peace and Safety’; then sudden destruction comes on them, as with travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thess. 5:2,3)
The Lord has sought to draw mankind to Himself throughout all history. He loves His creation and desires that all of us come to Him in faith. He has shown mankind His mercy and grace in many ways throughout the centuries. The greatest display of His mercy and grace is the giving of His Son as our savior.
We are saved by placing our faith in Christ and His sacrifice at the cross. As the sinless sin offering, He paid the sin debt owed to God by man. We come to God by repentance and faith in this great work. We are born again, or born from above, by this simple act of faith in the Lord’s great work. In other words, we are forgiven of our sin and we pass from death to life.
Man’s salvation is all of God. Our part is to accept it by faith.
The Lord has set a time of judgment for this world when all sin and evil will be dealt with. It’s called the “Day of the Lord” and will come upon all those that dwell on the earth. Throughout all of man’s time here on the earth, God has called out to him in mercy, offering him forgiveness through his grace. He has asked only that we turn from our sinful ways and come to him in faith. Our faith in Him saves us from the wrath to come.
It has been nearly two thousand years since Jesus came the first time. He came as our savior then and submitted Himself to death on a cruel cross. When He returns He will come as a judge, judging the world for its sin and it’s refusal to come to Him in repentance. This could happen in the very near future. He said there would be signs prior to His return; those signs are beginning to occur, and occur in greater frequency ( read my article As The Day Approaches ). The Lord is preparing the world for, and warning the world of His soon return.
This is the day of salvation. We must see that all that is coming about in the world today is a sign of His soon return. We can ignore it and go on with our lives believing all things will continue as they have from the beginning, or we can fall on our knees and asked the Lord’s forgiveness, believing that he will forgive us our sin and save us from His day of judgment. It’s hard to believe that anyone living today cannot discern that we are living in unusual times. When we see what’s happening today, we can sense that things are not right. The world around us is changing rapidly, and it seems not for the good. Consider the mercy and grace of the Lord and come into the safety of His presence. He has promised that He will give all those who come to Him in faith life eternal in His presence.
“Surely I (Jesus) come quickly (suddenly). Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)
Dear God in Heaven,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins, the way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe that He died for my sins and that God raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul and make Him the lord of my life. And according to His Word which cannot lie, I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved.
” For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
If you prayed the above prayer you have been born from above (born again) according to the promise of God and have passed from death to life. We can know that we have eternal life and will be with Him forever.
“These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God (Jesus); that you may know that you have eternal life..” (1 John 5:13)
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