Saved or Lost?–Color Tract

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Some years ago a young man was asked by a friend to go with him to a village where he was going to preach. He agreed to go, not because he was interested in the preaching, but because he thought the trip would be an amusing experience.

Nothing that was said impressed him until the close of the meeting, when his friend urged all who were listening to do one thing before they went to bed that night. He wanted each person to take a piece of paper and, as if they were in God’s presence, to write one word on it, either “SAVED” or “LOST.”

The Moment of Truth

He said that one word or the other describes the condition of everyone in the village and the whole world. The meeting closed and the young man went home, but not to rest. He was very upset, feeling he could not write “SAVED” and quite determined he would not write “LOST.”

For three months the question troubled him. The words “SAVED” and “LOST” followed him everywhere. They seemed to be written before his eyes. He prayed and read the Bible, but no relief came. He was firm in his conviction that he could not honestly write “SAVED” and equally determined that he would not write “LOST.”

One morning he started to read Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Then he stopped and quietly faced the situation, saying to himself, “I for one cannot say that the Lord is my Shepherd.” Over and over again he read the words. At last he got down on his knees and didn’t get up until he knew that the Lord was his Shepherd, because his Good Shepherd had laid down His life for the sheep whom He had come to seek and to save.

His prized possession is now a piece of paper on which is written: “Saved through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,” signed by his name and the date when for the first time he could say, “SAVED.” What would you have to write? Have you ever faced the question as to whether you are SAVED or LOST? Listen to what the Scriptures say: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).


A Philippian jailer realized he was lost, and he cried to Paul and Silas (two of his prisoners), “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The answer rang out clear and plain for him and for you and me: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). May every reader of these words be able to write “SAVED.” “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). “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

More Than A Hope–Large Print Tract

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More Than A Hope
When the things of God are considered, doubts, objections, and arguments characterize people’s discussions. “Hath God said” was Satan’s question in the garden of Eden, and he is skilled at suggesting this same question to the minds of people today.
Martin Luther, in one of his many conflicts with the devil, was asked by the arch-enemy if he felt his sins were forgiven.
“No,” said the great reformer, “I don’t feel that they are forgiven, but I know they are, because God says so in His Word.”
The Apostle Paul did not say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt feel saved,” but, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
No one can feel that his sins are forgiven. Ask a man whose debt has been paid by his brother, “Do you feel that your debt is paid?”
“No,” is the honest reply. “I don’t feel that it is paid; I know it is paid.”
You, too, must first believe in God’s love to you as revealed at the cross of Calvary, and then you will feel happy, because you will know that you are saved.
And now let me ask you: Is your soul safe for eternity? You say, “I hope so.” But, dear friends, hoping is not enough; you need to be certain about this!
Listen to what God says, and have peace in your heart: “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

First Things First–Color Tract

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What can I do?” is the immediate thought of most people when the question of going to heaven is raised.

If someone asked you about salvation and the way to heaven, would your answer be, “We each have to do our very best”? Then, if you were asked for something specific, would your list include being a good parent, attending church regularly, being honest, helping others, and any number of other requirements most people assume are on God’s checklist?

Now, if I tell you that you’re wrong, will you become angry and throw this tract away? There is a right answer to the question, “How can I get to heaven?” No doubt good works are a necessary part of the Christian life, but according to what God tells us, good works don’t come first.

When you were taught the alphabet, you learned the letters in their correct order. The letter D is in the alphabet, but its place is fourth, not first. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, “Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Following His instruction to learn as a little child, you must begin with God’s A, B and C and not put D at the beginning.


“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Read no further until you accept the fact that what God says is true and that each of us is a sinner in His eyes. But He doesn’t just give up on us because we are sinners; He loves us too much for that. He has a remedy for sinners, and it is explained under the letter B.


“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

No one can claim they have salvation until they truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. If you will trust Christ for salvation and Him only, that is all that is necessary — salvation is yours! The letter C explains the wonderful work He did to provide salvation for you.


“Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

If you acknowledge that you are a sinner according to A and if you believe on Christ according to B, C tells you that Christ has already suffered for your sins. You committed the sins; Christ bore the punishment in your place. Now God can give you — not the punishment, which Christ has already completely exhausted — but His gift of salvation, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

That’s how you can be sure you will spend eternity in heaven. Now, are you going to just forget about what you’ve read here and go on as before — without God and without heaven for your future? Or will you give this matter serious consideration and believe God’s A‑B‑C? It is God’s way of salvation and the only way to have a guaranteed future in heaven.

The matter of doing good works has not come up so far, because Christ has done it all. All that is necessary for your salvation has been completed, and you may simply rest on what He has already done. The moment you trust in Him for salvation, you are saved from your sins and assured of spending eternity in heaven.

Up to this point, there has been no mention of the fourth-place letter — D. This comes after you have understood and obeyed the first three letters.

Finally — “DOING”

The following verse applies to those who, by faith, have received God’s salvation: “We are … created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

The doing part comes last, as the result of your having received eternal life. You can never receive eternal life by earning it; the good works now prove that you really possess it.

“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).