Below you will find a letter that I wrote to a friend of mine. I would also like to share with you, friend, this same letter. But first, I have a question for you: Are you ready to die?
Friend, If you were to die today, do you know without a doubt that your name is written in God's Book of Life and that you would go to heaven? Are you saved?
Being "saved" does not just mean that you know that Jesus died on the cross and that He is God. Even the devil knows that much, but the devil is not saved. Being saved does not just mean that you know John 3:16 by heart (For God so loved the world...). Even the devil can quote Scripture. Being saved does not mean that you walked up to the front of church when they had an altar call and that you mumbled a few words and then continued to live any way you pleased.
* Being saved means that at some point you realized that you are a sinner who deserves hell. Why do you deserve hell? You deserve hell because you have broken God's commandments. You have either stolen; lied; lusted after someone; hated; had false gods in your life; used God's name in vain; dishonored your mother and father; coveted something that belonged to someone else; or have not loved the Lord, your God, with all of your soul and with all of your mind. And if you say you have not done one or all of those things, you are breaking God's commandment right now by lying! For the Bible reads, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us" (1 John 1:10). So, again, being saved means that first you must see God's righteousness and realize that you have broken God's laws and commands by your unrighteousness.
* Being saved means that you recognize that a righteous, just, Holy God requires that a price must be paid by those who have broken the Law, His commandments, just as a judge in a courtroom requires those who break the laws of society to pay for their crime. What is the penalty for breaking God's laws? "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8). So even if your only transgression was a lie, you are counted as a lawbreaker who must pay the price.
* Being saved means that you realize that nothing you could do on your own could save yourself -- church membership doesn't save you, good works don't save you. Only being washed in Christ's blood can save you. Jesus died on the cross to pay a debt He did not owe because we owe a debt that we cannot pay. 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." It is God's grace, Christ's blood, and our faith that saves us, not our good works. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
* So in conclusion, salvation can be yours if you turn from your sins, turn to God, and ask Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3:19). "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
So, friend, have you asked Christ to be your Savior and Lord?
Now, If your answer to the above question is "Yes," then I want to share this with you: If you are truly saved, that should show itself in your life. Nothing that we can do on our own will save us, but if you are truly saved and born again and Christ is your Lord, then it should be His voice and instructions that you obey. You should walk the way that He wants you to walk. His will should come before all others.
As long as you live on this earth, you will be tempted by sin. But as believers we should strive to live holy and righteous lives. If you are still comfortable sinning, then maybe you are not really saved. "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Are you "new," friend? Don't fool yourself into believing that Jesus' dying on the cross gives you liberty to do as you please. If today you are still lying, stealing, fornicating, hating, dishonoring your mother and father, taking the Lord's name in vain, or breaking any of God's other commandments with no fear of the Lord and no concern over your unrighteous behavior, I would say you are probably not saved at all. You are just fooling yourself and will one day face God's wrath.
Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"Hebrews 10:26-27, "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
I hope that you are saved, friend. I would hate for even one person, especially a friend, to die and go to hell because I didn't take the time to tell them how to get to heaven. Now you have been shown the truth. You can make a decision today that will change where you spend eternity!
John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
(For further reading on this subject, an excellent article detailing the evidence that should be in your life if you are truly born again can be found here: EVIDENCE.
And for more on this topic, go here: REPENTANCE.)