Statistics say that 10 of 10 people die.   It's true - we all have an appointment with death.  A question each of  us should be asking is "what happens after I die?"   The Bible says that  God has a standard He will judge you by on your appointed day of death.  It's called the Ten Commandments.    

Let's see how you might do.  Have you ever told a lie, including white lies and fibs? Have you ever stolen anything, no matter the value?  Have you ever used the Lord's name as  a curse word to express disgust? That's blasphemy.  Have you ever committed adultery?  Jesus said that if you even look upon another  person with lust, you have committed adultery in your heart.  On Judgement Day, if God were to judge you  by those standards, would you be innocent or guilty?  Would heaven be your destiny? 

The Bible says that you would be guilty and that means eternal separation from God (hell).  But know that God, the just judge of the universe, is also rich in mercy, not wanting anyone to perish. He​ sent his son Jesus  to suffer and die on the cross on your behalf, to take the punishment  for your sins. God's wrath came down upon HIM instead of on YOU.  Jesus paid your fine with his own life's blood. That means God can now dismiss your case and excuse your death sentence. He can allow you to live because of what Jesus did on the cross through His death and resurrection.       

So what must you do?   Jesus said that you must "repent and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15).   To repent means that you turn away from idols and place your trust in Christ. To believe the gospel means that you come to God on His  terms, namely that Christ died on the cross for your sins and that through faith in Him you are saved.


Like any gift, salvation can be offered but it is not yours until you choose to accept it. Therefore, if you confess the following words and believe them in your heart to be true, then you have accepted God's offer of salvation and you have the assurance of eternal life in heaven when you die:  "I BELIEVE IN THE RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR" (Romans 10: 9-13).

Now  seek out a Bible-believing church where you will find encouragement and fellowship with other believers.  And go out into the world to share  this wonderful news of God's grace so that other people can also be part of this amazing gift of salvation!


"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..."   (Ephesians 2:8).   


Good works are not a requirement for attaining salvation .  They are instead the fruits that result from our saving faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:10).

​​ROMANS 3:21-25 (NIV):

"But now a righteousness from God,  apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the  Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in  Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have  sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by  his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God  presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood."

COLOSSIANS 1:13,14 (NIV)

"For he has rescued us from the  dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he  loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." 

JOHN 3:16-17 (NIV)

 

"For  God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever  believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not  send his son into the  world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever  believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands  condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one  and only son."

ISAIAH 53: 5-6 ​(NIV)

 

The  Old Testament book of ISAIAH was written 729 years before the birth  of  Messiah (Jesus) and clearly prophesied God's plan for salvation and  forgiveness of sins through his son:

​​"....He  was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;  the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we  are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned  to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

ROMANS 10: 9-13 (NIV)

 "If you confess with your mouth Jesus  is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will  be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are  justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.....  for everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved." 

Recommended Reading: "What is the Gospel?" by Greg Gilbert