Nearly Lost, but Saved
Outline: Emphasis is on the necessity of faith rather than works or Christian family. Neither man's goodness nor his wickedness is the deciding factor,- but belief and acceptance of Christ. Example of the thief on the cross. One day - Jesus. Invititation.
|Theme:||Repentance; Second Birth; Sin, disobedience; Forgiveness; Works versus Faith; Saviour of Sinful Men; Faith, trust, believe in Jesus; Son of God|
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A lot of people are nearly saved, but they are missing the essential thing. Jesus said: "You must be born again in order to have eternal life." Like one is born in a human family, he must be spiritually born in the Kingdom of God. A lot of people practice justice, give alms and pray, are faithful to their wives and raise their children well, and they do a lot of good, but in God's sight they are nevertheless lost, because they refuse to leave their own justice which isn't enough in God's sight. They refuse to humble themselves before God and accept His gift, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who accept Jesus as Lord pass from death to life, and they are born a second time.
Those who say: "Lord, Lord," will not enter necessarily into the Kingdom of God, but only those who do the Lord's will. Those who don't accept Jesus in their heart, will hear the Lord say: "Go to hell, because I don't know you."
But now, listen to the Good News, those of you who think that you are too wicked to go to heaven.
One day, there was a man, a thief who killed and robbed, who was nearly dead. He only had a few hours to live. He was nailed to a cross because of the bad that he had done. Before him was death, the judgment of God, and eternal fire. Beside him was Jesus, Who was also suffering because He was nailed to a cross, dying for the sins of the world. Jesus said: "Father, forgive these people, for they don't know what they are doing." All of a sudden, the thief who had also been making fun of Jesus like the others, begged of Jesus, "Think of me when you are in Paradise." These were all the words that were necessary for this condemned man to go to heaven instead of hell, because Jesus said, "I am telling you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." What the thief said shows us that he repented of his sins and he believed that Jesus was the Son of God Who can save and give eternal life. Jesus had compassion on him, and he passed from death unto life eternal. Jesus came for those who are lost, the destitute, big thieves, loafers, evildoers, big robbers and those who cheat, the proud, and those who commit adultery. One just needs to come to Him, confess his sins and abandon them, and accept Jesus as Lord and Master. This is how you pass from condemnation into the family of God, from the family of man to the family of God. Jesus will give you life, a pure life, a changed life, a life that is to the glory of God.
Don't you want to change your empty life, your life of sin for this abundant life? This life is waiting for you, for each one who accepts Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
God said (Ez. 18:21-23) "I don't want the death of the sinner, but what I would like is that the wicked change their ways and live. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all My statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. All the sins that he committed will be forgotten. He will live."
God is ready to forgive you, because Jesus died for you. He paid the price for your sins. There is only one way. This is the only way to come to God. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life; no one comes unto the Father but by Him. If you are nearly saved, don't stay like that, but take the last step in changing from darkness to light. If you are nearly saved, Jesus is reaching out with His hand of power to save you from death. Jesus saves completely. Come to Him. You may be nearly saved, but eternally lost. Come and receive eternal life.