by Kelley Jean Bagby
“Remember Thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’ “ Ecclesiastes 12:1
“that God was reconciling (restoring a relationship, making peace) the WORLD untoHimself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them...” II Corinthians 5:19
What does the above Bible verse really mean?
Do we believe it?
This verse tells us that Christ paid the full price when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Does it say that only believers' sins or Christians' sins have been paid for? Read it again!
It says that the WORLD has been forgiven and that their sins are NOT counted against them. Do they "owe" God anything? No they don't because their sins are paid for. Will they burn eternally in hell for their sins?
NO, their sins are paid for.
What do YOU think is the consequence of NOT believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and resurrected Saviour?
"For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten (resurrected) Son, that whosover believeth on Him should not PERISH (Greek word apollymi - to destroy utterly), but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 tells us that those who do not believe in the resurrected Christ will PERISH or return to dust; they will have a permanent end.
The Bible also tells us that eternal life is a "gift".
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Those who refuse to believe in the resurrected Lord will die and perish. Those who do believe will receive the GIFT of eternal life.
If we refuse a gift are we punished? NO! Eternal life is a gift and those who refuse it will perish. Do you think that God will let those that reject Him, burn eternally, for not accepting His gift?
(Try to answer these questions with your Bible and check the next article of Truth for Youth for the correct answers.)
1. What does Ecclesiastes 9:10 say about the grave? 2. What does Romans 5:10 say about God's enemies? 3. What does David say about hell in Psalm 16:10?
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