YOU PROBABLY WILL NOT CONSIDER THIS
By Pastor Jeff Alexander
It is likely that you have never considered the danger that you are in. Ignorance is not bliss in this instance; and what you don’t know will definitely hurt you. Not only is it probable that you are ignorant of your danger, you will most likely react with some degree of hostility when you are informed of it.
I hope that your curiosity is at least aroused to want to know where I am going with this. First, you should be aware of several obstacles that work against you and explain why you are likely to reject what I am about to tell you.
(1) You may or may not believe in God; most people believe in some kind of Supreme Being. At least they hope that there is someone out there who has His hand on things. But, who is He? Is He kind, loving, and gentle? Is He capricious, unpredictable, cruel, and vengeful? I doubt that you know, or that you even want to know. That is because the Bible simply tells us that people are “haters of God” (Romans 1:30). Does this shock you? Well, you might argue that you do not hate Him. Actually, what you mean is that you do not hate God as you perceive of Him. However, the God who reveals Himself in the Bible is hated. God said it, not me.
(2) Science and education have provided a way out of your having anything to do with the God of the Bible. Naturalistic evolution has convinced nearly everyone that no Creator God had anything to do with making us. If you are the product of billions of years of blind, impersonal, and arbitrary natural forces, you owe Him nothing. Even though evolution must also be taken by faith, it provides an alternative to faith in a biblical Creator. On the other hand, you may be in the category of those incredible folk who are some-how able to hold to both worlds—the sacred (what we take by faith—whatever that means) and the secular (the real and tangible stuff we live with). Of course, these two realms must never be allowed to mingle for that would be too confusing. We save “faith in God” for funerals and tragedies when we need emotional support, but faith, since it has to do with mysterious and unknowable, must not govern everyday life.
(3) The culture all around you is constantly plying you with distractions: family, friendships, occupation, possessions, education, advancement, entertainment, sports and hobbies. You are so busy that you are not likely to devote much of your precious time to investigate the biblical God. Hardly anyone attends church anymore. Eternity is unseen and, therefore, left to chance. Never mind that God’s Word warns us: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), and “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). We simply have no cause to be alarmed—or do we?
(4) You are your own worst enemy with respect to salvation. This is probably the hardest thing for you to accept, but the fact is, you may not want to learn the truth. It is too comfortable without it. God must be worshipped, honored, and obeyed, but with all the rest, we have “gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We love the easy way.
We have a natural loathing and aversion to anything that makes us feel guilty. We prefer to remain ignorant, as dangerous as that may be. With no love to God, we do not realize that we are under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19), having been taken captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26). We are “foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy” (Titus 3:3). Further, we have no ability to change this. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23). Jesus said, “No man can come to me [on his own]” (John 6:44).
These hard facts are what make communication of this message difficult, humanly speaking. However, I believe in a sovereign God who desires that His message be communicated to lost sinners. It is His desire to call to Himself a people for His name. It is very possible that He may open your heart to receive the truth (Acts 16:14).
So, what is this danger that you are in? It is simply this: God is holy. It is a fearful thing to fall into His holy hands (Hebrews 10:31). It is not that God is cruel and vengeful, as such, but unless you find His mercy, you are in real trouble for eternity, because God is holy and you are not holy (2 Timothy 3:2).
Holiness describes God as wholly different, separate, and apart from His creation. He is so pure that even His creation, as perfect as He made it, is regarded as impure. “Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight” (Job 15:15). Isaiah saw a vision of the Lord in the Temple. He saw seraphim, angels hovering around the throne, each having six wing with which they covered their faces and feet in the face of His holiness. They cry to each other: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3). If these holy ones must hide themselves in His holy presence, what will you, a sinful rebel, do?
If that were all, it would be bad enough, but you have sinned and fallen short of His glory—His holy standard (Romans 3:23). When Jesus came in contact with fallen angels—demons, they understood their danger. One of them asked Him, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34). Unless Jesus saves you through the redemption provided by His death on the cross to makes you holy, you also have only to face eternal destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
What can you do about this impending danger? If you are seriously considering what I have just written, then turn to the Lord and do business with Him. Jesus came to save sinners by dying in their place and bearing their sins (1 Peter 3:18). He can forgive you and cleanse you. He can make you acceptable to God. “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him (Hebrews 7:25). The gospel—the good news—is that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day, ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of Majesty. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Do your believe this gospel?
You should pray earnestly to Him and ask Him to grant you the grace of repentance for your sins and the grace faith to receive Him as your Savior. He has promised, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Take hope in His words: “whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). Search the Bible for His promises and earnestly seek His face in prayer. Trust Him for salvation. He will not turn you away.
When God does a work in your heart in bringing you to Himself in salvation, you will begin to see how utterly abhorrent your sins are in His holy view. You will begin to feel the depth of His displeasure over your sinful ways and your unbelief. But, you will also understand what Jesus Christ accomplished by His sacrifice on the cross. You will then begin to take hope in Him. You will experience real repentance toward God and real faith (trust and confidence)in Jesus Christ to forgive and receive you. You will begin to love and admire Jesus Christ, and you will desire Him above all.
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