God has called the human race to pause and consider the revelation of His Person free from divine coercion in soliciting a response. Such individual freedom to believe or reject the knowledge of Christ and His Work on the cross to pay man’s sin debt to a holy God is an essential factor in recognizing that man is not a puppet to be manipulated by his Creator, but by Sovereign design, given a will to make choices. In His faithfulness, God revealed to man the alternatives concerning faith in Christ as Savior. John wrote … “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36 NIV). That is a decision that faces every person and has eternal implications, for life in Christ assures an eternity with God and without that life, there is eternal separation from God.

Consider this: on the Cross the Father judged the humanity of Christ for our sins. Now risen from the grave and seated at the right hand of the throne of God, all judgment is given to the Son, the God-Man, to judge the self-righteous deeds of the unbeliever, when compared to the righteous deed of the One dying on the Cross and making full payment for the sins of mankind. Sin is not the issue, for on the Cross Christ satisfied God’s justice in bearing all sins. John wrote … “and He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world’ (1 John 2:2 NASB).

John nears the close of his Revelation of Jesus Christ with a sobering, ominous description of those who failed to respond to God’s gift of a Savior. They had depended on their self-righteousness instead of God’s. Time as we know it was now concluded. The Church was in heaven as the bride of Christ and the unsaved of humanity were standing before the One to Whom all judgment had been granted by the Father. “And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds [good works]. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:11-15 NASB).

The gracious offer of eternal life in Christ had been rejected and the best deeds of mankind did not compare with the one perfect work of salvation accomplished on the Cross. Paul stated … “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God” (Rom 6:10 NASB). All who have embraced the work of the Cross on their behalf, can assuredly state with the Apostle Paul … “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1 NASB). Praise God! Is it time to pause and consider … "What do you think about the Christ” (Matt 22:42a NIV)? One cannot be indifferent concerning who He is, for to halt between two opinions has eternal consequences. Either Jesus Christ is your Savior or He is not. The Apostle Paul left no room for indecision or procrastination… “I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2b NIV).

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