No Time to Get Ready

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God is very merciful, but He is just and righteous as well. When people disregard warning and entreaty, then law steps in. I once heard a woman tell her husband, who had always held aloof from things religious, about a man whom they both knew very well and who had just died very suddenly.
The man exclaimed, "What a terrible thing to be called away like that without any chance of getting ready!"
His wife could not help replying, "Without any chance of getting ready! Why, he has had fifty-four years of chances!"
Yes, it is perfectly true that the Lord "is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance," but it is just as true that "he, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
"What Must I do to be
Lost Forever?"
What a question! Have you ever seriously thought about it? The Bible tells us that there is only one thing to do to insure being lost forever—one very simple thing.
What can it be? It is all wrapped up in one single word: NEGLECT. "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Heb. 2:33How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (Hebrews 2:3).
Some people think you must commit very wicked sins to be lost forever. Others think it is not the kind of sins, but the number, and that you must commit a great number of sins to be lost forever. Scripture says, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?"
You need only to go on living carelessly and indifferently, neglecting (not your duties, but) this great salvation and you will be lost, and lost forever.
God is now offering salvation by Jesus Christ to this sad, sin-blighted world. He is telling of a salvation which His grace brings for all men, a salvation which makes no conditions and makes no demands. It is for all. Based on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is suitable for all people in their deep and desperate need. Then, to be lost forever, simply close your ears to this glorious gospel and neglect this great salvation. You may do anything, be anything, say anything—only continue to neglect this great salvation and your doom is certain.
Now let us look at the other side: "What must I do to be saved?"
The answer is so simple: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:3131And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31).
When?
The moment you believe.
Where?
Just where you are, as you read this.
How can I know I am saved?
God says so in His Word; you have it on divine authority. The Lord Jesus Himself said: "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 5:2424Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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).
Oh, do not neglect this great salvation!