Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year: How Much Time Do You Have Time (Part Five)

5        The Accepted Time
We find this phrase in (2 Corinthians 6:2) “Now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation”.  Someone has said;
Yesterday is history – You cannot erase or change the past.
Tomorrow is a mystery – You do not know what will be in your future.
Today is an opportunity – Now is the time for action.
You can be saved today.  This is the meaning of “the accepted time”.  Today, now, you can find acceptance with God.  The time is coming when the “door of salvation” will be closed and “the day of vengeance of our God” will come.  This is the day of God’s grace when God’s salvation is offered to whosoever will receive it.  Will you accept God’s offer of salvation?  It is a New Year; will you be a New Person?  You cannot make yourself a new person by any New Year’s resolution or reformation by your own efforts.  You cannot inherit or merit God’s salvation.  God says in His Word (2 Corinthians 5:17) “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation (creature)”.  Are you “in Christ”?  Are you saved?  The good news is that your need has been met by the substitutionary sacrifice of the Son of God.  On the cross He bare your sins, took your place in judgment and died in your stead.  On the third day He rose again.  If you believe in Him, and receive Him as your own personal Savior, you will be justified or declared righteous by God.  You will be saved and be a new person in this New Year.
Why not, just where you are, and as you are, own yourself before God as the ruined sinner He declares you to be?   Believe the good news of the gospel.  Receive Christ as your own Savior and rely entirely on His work on the cross for your salvation.  If YOU remain unsaved it will not be because God does not love you or because God’s Son did not die for you, but it will be because you have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Which will it be for you, reception or rejection of the Savior?  You are traveling the “HIGHWAY OF LIFE”, passing through time (a very brief time) into eternity.  Now that you have read this message you have come to the “CROSSROADS”.  Which way will you go?  Will you continue to reject the Savior and God’s free gift of salvation?  Or, will you believe in Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior?  It is your decision and your responsibility. 

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