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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

The above verse discusses my problem, and that of many others, God’s solution, my responsibility, and only two outcomes. God has done everything needed for my salvation; I cannot contribute to it by my good works. My problem is that unless I receive God’s gift and believe in Jesus, as my personal Lord and Savior, I will perish. The word “perish” describes eternal separation from God and terrible everlasting punishment. God solved this problem by sending His only Son Jesus to die on the cross in payment for my sins and giving me, and everyone else eternal life.  But I had a responsibility to believe in Jesus Christ. The word “believe” is not merely mental assent, like saying I believe the sun will come out tomorrow, but a trust, a confidence, reliance, full and complete suspension of disbelief in Jesus Christ. If I am able to simply do this I have eternal life; if I do not I am doomed to eternal separation from God.

Many of us can identify and remember the time when God saved them, but I cannot because this starting point is lost in my fading memory of childhood. Since my salvation however, God has given me greater understanding of my sinful nature, Christ’s sacrifice for my sins, and my faith in Jesus Christ. My loving Heavenly Father has opened my mind to see what occurred when He saved me. God has assured me and given me an eternal promise that comes from a relationship with Him.

 I had a crisis; toward judgment I trod.

But a great gift was given by a just, loving God.

I trusted in Jesus, my fate is now sure.

With Him forever I now am secure.

 Whether I trust Jesus and accept God’s gift or not is a life or death decision, with eternal consequences.

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