18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Did you know that every man is without excuse? You live your life, make your money, and then die.
What are you expecting to be on the other side?
Some say nothing. This is called annihilation.
Some say they will become a wave in the cosmic sea of consciousness.
Some believe in reincarnation.
I suppose there are many other ideas floating around, but I would challenge the reader to look at these ideas of the afterlife with a great deal of emphasis.
We have heard of Russian Roulette.
It is a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against their head, and pulls the trigger. “Russian” refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver’s cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel.
Because only one chamber is loaded, the player has a one in x chance of hitting the loaded chamber, where x is the number of chambers in the cylinder. So, for instance, for a revolver that holds six rounds, the chance is one in six. That assumes that each chamber is equally likely to come to rest in the “correct” position. However due to gravity, in a properly maintained weapon with a single round inside the cylinder, the full chamber, which weighs more than the empty chambers, will usually end up near the bottom of the cylinder when its axis is not vertical, altering the odds in favor of the player. This only applies to swing-out cylinder type revolvers, and only if the cylinder is spun outside of the revolver and allowed to come to a complete stop before locked back in.
Are you playing Russian Roulette with your soul? Are you gambling with eternity?
Many religions focus on works. They think that in order to earn salvation/favor/entrance into Nirvana, etc., they have to work hard enough to earn that ticket.
Christianity is the only religion that tells its hearers that he/she cannot earn salvation, it is a free gift from God.
Man wants to be in control. He wants to have his say and he wants to be part of the process. Hence why Arminianism is so popular.
We are told for a fact, that salvation cannot be bought, earned or deserved. Man cannot boast and say, “Hey, I earned my way into heaven.”
The intelligence, wealth, fame and good looks of man mean absolutely nothing to God. He could care less.
The fact is this: He doesn’t need you, nor your fame, nor your good works.
You need Him.
You are helpless without Him. You are damned, doomed, and lost without His grace.
But proud man will rail against this. He will fight against the grace and compassion of God right to the grave.
Why for goodness sake? Why would man fight against a kindly benefactor?
Why would man go to hell, shaking his fist at God when he could just as easily bow in submission before Him?
Pride. Mankind is proud. Mankind is high on himself, thinks himself to be good and in his egotistical mind, he believes without a shadow of a doubt that he has no need to be saved.
This is like the man who is dying of cancer and refuses help because he doesn’t believe the diagnosis.
Why does God say that, ‘the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.’?
Because man refuses to submit but would rather mold himself an image out of wood, stone, metal or his achievements to bypass the act of submitting to a God who loves him and died for him.
Doesn’t make an ounce of sense, does it? It’s like fighting a lifeguard who wants to save you from drowning.
God commands humanity to repent. There is no excuse. There is no defense. Mankind is guilty of his willful rebellion against God and the sins against His holiness are only increasing.
What is man’s hope? Can mankind be saved? Mark 1.15 says man must repent and believe the Gospel. First off, what is the Gospel? That Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for you. He took God’s wrath and the punishment labeled for you on Himself and suffered horribly because of your sin and rebellion. Secondly, we are told to repent. This is a command, not a suggestion. Just bearing in mind the fact that we are commanded to repent tells me there is a way out, and God as given you a way of escape.
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”…
18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.“
God has given you the opportunity to repent and believe upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Will you take it and submit? Or will you continue to say, “I’ve got lots of time to do that. I’m still young and I have lots of things I want to do first.”
The point of salvation and repentance is not a parachute to save you from death or hell. But repentance of your sins and trusting in the saving grace of Jesus Christ is to live the rest of your days for Him, for His glory and for His work. It’s a turning from your wicked ways, and living a life that is pleasing in His eyes.
Peter preached to the crowds on the Day of Pentecost, and he commanded his hearers to repent “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).
As I said, this is not s suggestion. This is not a plea. But a commandment of the utmost importance. Repent and believe. Or you will be lost in the innumerable hordes of the lost who will be thrown headlong into the awaiting jaws of hell.
God demands repentance and a turning of your wicked ways. It’s just that simple. Will you? Or will you continue hitting the snooze button until it’s too late?