The purpose of this life is knowing God.
God made humanity for his pleasure, and it was always supposed to be a mutual relationship. We messed it up, on our end. So now the whole point of our lives is finding God – being reconciled to him in relationship. If we miss this, we miss the entire point of our existence. Nothing else we accomplish matters if we don’t get this right.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13
God calls us.
Right now, God is calling you. He has chosen you for this time, and for this purpose. You, and those around you, are spiritual orphans. God wants to adopt you into His family. Viewed another way – you, and those around you, are drowning in a sea of deception. God is offering you a lifeboat. He’s offering you eternal utopia. Will you get on board? Will you be His witness?
Satan has been handed the reins of the earth and will be permitted to unleash his ultimate deception. Make no mistake, he’s been planning this for thousands of years and it’s going to be quite the show. But satan is evil to the core – he is the father of lies. He hates you, and he particularly hates any interest you show in Jesus Christ. He wants nothing more than to see your eternal torment.
Your soul is never going to die. While your body lives, you have the free will to choose your eternal destiny.
Salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. This is God’s free gift to you, will you take it?
1. Know How God Sees You
According to God, breaking even one of His laws, once, results in the death penalty.
3. Want to Change
Once God shows you how lost you are, and what that means, you now have a choice. You can choose to ignore Him, or you can choose to do something about it. God wants to restore the relationship. But you have to want to restore the relationship too. Relationships go both ways.
A change of heart, seeing ourselves as utterly lost and wanting to do something about it, is called repentance. Just recognizing that we do bad things (as defined by God), but not having a desire to stop, is not true repentance. We must truly want to be changed, to be restored to relationship with God.
4. There’s Only One Way Out
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
God does not want you to be separated from Him for eternity. He created hell and the eternal Lake of Fire for satan and the fallen angels, NOT for humans. But you will go there if you reject God’s rescue plan. He wants you to come back to His family. So He sent a part of Himself, Jesus Christ, to die for you. The Bible makes it clear that every sin has to be punished by death. Jesus lived a perfect life on Earth – though He lived as a man under God’s Law, He never broke the Law. This qualified Him to take our sins upon Himself to become a perfect sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross to take our punishment for us.
“But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
It doesn’t end there, though. On the third day, Jesus was raised to life, to a new eternal body. When we join God’s spiritual family, we, too, will get a new eternal body someday.
“the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 3:23)
5. Turn From Yourself Towards God and Believe
We chose to sin and Jesus chose to be a “sin-bearer” and take God’s wrath for us. God offers an all-inclusive “forgiveness slip” to every human on earth. If we believe what God has said about us (we are totally lost and have no hope of saving ourselves), and what He has done to fix it (Jesus is the only way as a Savior), we can obtain this “forgiveness slip”. We can ask God for Jesus’ payment to be applied to our account. This allows us to be declared innocent and sin-free in God’s Eyes – the debt we owed for our crimes is paid.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10
When you say Jesus is Lord, this means you believe He is God and He deserves to be Lord of your life. When you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you accept that what the Bible teaches about Jesus is true and that His death paid the price for your wrongdoings. If Jesus is your Savior, He is also your Lord.
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Asking for Jesus’ sacrifice in our stead results in immediate salvation. That’s what being “Born Again” means. We are forgiven. However, after the church age (“age of grace”) closes, there is Biblical evidence that suggests you will be able to lose your faith, so make sure you hold firm in your beliefs until death.
6. What Next?
Third, try to obey God. Ask Him to help you. As you read the Bible, He will teach you what He wants you to do. The trick is identifying temptation early, and halting it before we are sucked into full blown sin. You will still struggle with doing what you don’t want to do, and not doing what you want to do. When you sin, ask God to forgive you.
Fourth, find other people who are willing to forsake all for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s highly unlikely that there will be true churches operating. You will need the support of other believers, and they will need you. This truly will be a time that hearkens back to the days of the “Acts 2” church. The book of Acts in the Bible can tell you about the early days of the first believers.
Fifth, be baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This can be done in any body of water and can be performed by any true believer in Jesus Christ. It should be done by full immersion (under the water) if possible. Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, but it is important to God as an act of obedience. Through baptism, you symbolize your spiritual death and resurrection. If you have an opportunity to do so, you should take it.
Sixth, teach others what you know. Tell others of the spiritual battle that is currently going on and deliver them from the deception. In this way you will literally pull them out of the flames of eternal fire.
Seventh, pray for miracles. God’s Spirit works where the gospel of Jesus is being preached and where people are desperately seeking Him. He WANTS to help you. Pray for divine healing, protection, and deliverance. That said, trials of faith are your destination.
Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword. This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful. (Revelation 13:10)
Eighth, read up! Apart from the Bible, there are books and articles and sermons online you can learn from. I’m not sure what access you will have though. Print articles out if possible. Books about growing in Christ I highly recommend are Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness and Practice of Godliness. This church has such wonderful articles. Get familiar with the books of Daniel and Revelation so you will know what to expect. Commentaries on things to come:
- God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come
- God’s Mosaic – Possible Sequence of End Time Events
- Revelation Outline and Summary
- The Daniel Story
- The Revelation Story
- Revelation (or free ebook)
- Olivet Discourse Overview
- The End of the Age According to Jesus – Matthew, Mark, Luke
- The Day of the Lord
- Daniel’s 70 Weeks
- The End Times According to Ezekiel
- The End Times According to… (all the rest)
You will be responsible for remaining faithful in the face of severe deprivation and persecution.
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” (Rev. 14:12-13).
You are required to act on your faith. Anything you do for other believers is done for Jesus Himself. Anything you don’t do for other believers you are withholding from Jesus Himself. You will be held accountable for what you do, or what you do not do (Matthew 25).
At some point you will be required to take a certain mark on your right hand or forehead to be able to buy or sell. It may be something that affects DNA. If you do this, you will be eternally lost to God (Revelation 14:9-11). You must surrender your life if necessary rather than take the mark.
It’s going to be extremely difficult, but you need to admit to your faith in Jesus before others, even if it means physical death. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28). God may have called you exactly for this purpose, and the witness of your death may plant the seeds of salvation in others. “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:35) Remember that God’s viewpoint is one of eternity. Our viewpoint is often limited to the here & now. Be encouraged:
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:7-18)
8. What if I Don’t “Feel” Saved?
If you do not feel secure in your salvation, it is right to examine yourself, to see if you are in the faith. It seems that it will be possible to “lose salvation”. Hold on firmly in the faith until death. Refuse to allow doubt or thoughts of giving up to creep into your mind.
The “heart” is comprised of our mind/intellect, our emotions/feelings, and our will/actions. We have feelings about God, we think through the facts about Jesus and the Bible, and our actions will demonstrate what we believe. In each of these areas, we must rely on GOD to provide the faith. We can’t make ourselves believe – we can’t force feelings, we can’t understand if our spiritual eyes are closed, and actions done on our own effort will consistently fizzle over time. Examine if all 3 aspects of your heart are in alignment. If not, confess that to God and pray for HIM to provide you with saving faith. God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Do not give up! Do not despair! Cling to God with all your might, no matter how things look, no matter what others are believing, no matter how you feel. Plead with God not to take His Holy Spirit from you.