A person has eternal life if they believe in Jesus. (John 6:47)
Who is Jesus? And what did He do? Jesus is God and man. He died for our sins, he was buried, and He rose again according to the Scriptures. It is by this Gospel that we are saved and sanctified. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.
One of the first questions that a person has when they come to faith or when they are contemplating faith, is: “What about all the people who never heard about Jesus?”
People want to see how the Christian faith is universal around the world and across time, and I respect that.
I’ve been thinking about this question for many years—decades actually, and reading and listening to all the answers, but the answers never seemed good enough.
A very good answer came to me just now: Jesus said that if He had done miracles in a certain town, they ~would have~ repented in sackcloth and ashes.
~So, He knew what they would’ve done in a situation that never occurred.~
If that is the case, it is obviously the fact that God knows who would believe in Him if the Gospel were presented.
And if you go to a place or to a person that the Holy Spirit prohibits you to go to, you will find that no one comes to faith.
God is ~omniscient.~
God forgives sins that were done against Him—all of our sins.
The Incarnate Son of God suffered, bled, and died, on the cross, out of love, to provide that forgiveness and that release, not for His own sake, but for our benefit.
Then He was buried.
On the third day, He rose from the dead.
But there is more.
In addition to being completely loving and completely giving, God also, terrifyingly, is completely good.
Having all power.
If you do not receive His grace in Christ, His forgiveness of your sins…
He will -justly- burn you in Hell’s torment for all eternity.
Jesus Himself will.
Simply believe in Jesus and receive the free gift of eternal life right now. John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.
If you do not, you will experience God’s justice against you for your sins, in Hell, forever, starting the minute you die.
God does not want you to be in Hell for all eternity, thirsty, and separate from His love and comfort.
That’s why He sent His Son Jesus for us.
God tells us to preach the Gospel, but also to warn all people of the endless pain and terror and darkness and fear and despair they face if they meet God, at the moment of death, in their self-centered pride and sins: Hell.
Is this fear and coercement?
Is this awful hatred and negativity and disrespect?
No, we all deserve God’s just wrath for our sins.
None of us deserves God’s grace and forgiveness.
But there it is, for the taking.
You can get God’s Everlasting Love, and Heaven—for nothing.
You are not guaranteed to be alive tomorrow morning.
Humble yourself to God and receive His permanent grace right now by simple faith in Jesus, if you have not already.
God bless you.
If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, true God and true man, who, according to Holy Scripture (the Bible), lived a sinless life of love, died on the cross for the forgiveness of all the sins of everyone, including all of your sins past, present and future, was buried, and rose again from death to life on the third day, and if you believe your salvation to eternal life comes from trusting in Jesus and not from trusting your good works at all (0%), then you are saved from the punishment of sin, death, and Hell, and you will go to Heaven to be in the blissful presence of Jesus forever, in the very moment when you die, to live in joyful union with God forever, no matter what you do or do not do after that moment of belief. John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:13,14.
It has been a hard lesson for me to realize that many people do not see the Good News of Jesus’ love and forgiveness as Good News, because one or more of the following:
1) they don’t believe that God exists,
2) they don’t believe the Moral Law exists,
3) they don’t believe that they are sinners who have broken the Moral Law,
4) they don’t believe in Heaven or Hell, and/or,
5) they don’t believe Hell exists as God’s just punishment for sin.
Therefore, they don’t see the message of Jesus as Good News. The “Good News” that people want is exemplified by the Gay Pride Movement, but all unrepentant sinners are the same: they want to be told that they are “good people,” and want to be accepted and even celebrated for the most perverse sins.
The “Good News” to them is not that Jesus forgives you of your sins, but that you are wonderful just the way you are–vile and sinful as we all are by nature and by the actions we have committed.
To them, the message of Jesus is “Bad News,” as God angrily condemns them to Hell as Christ-rejecting sinners.