The Way to Life
IS THAT YOU ON THE CLIFF OF DEATH?
The man on the cliff represents each individual of the human race. His problem is SIN. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Sin has brought spiritual death to man. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death...” Romans 6:23. “...so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12b. This is not physical death but spiritual death. This means that the soul that is separated from God is “dead in trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1. Could that be you on the Cliff of Death? If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Saviour then you are still under the sentence of death, for the Bible says, “...he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” I John 5:12b. Perhaps you say, “I don’t want to remain in death, but there is no bridge from the Cliff of Death to the Cliff of Life. How can I pass from death to life?”
THE BRIDGE OF GOOD WORKS, BAPTISM AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
In looking for a way to pass from the Cliff of Death to the Cliff of Life, don’t make the mistake of many who say, “I will be saved by my good works.” For the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works; lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8,9. A bridge of good works would not be long enough to reach from death to life. Let me also warn you not to make the mistake of those who say, “I have been baptized and belong to the church. What more can God ask? ” The Bible says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3. Jesus spoke this to a Jew named Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a very religious man; a leader of the Jews and a member of the synagogue, but his religious life could not take him from death to life. A bridge of baptism and church membership would also be too short.
GOD PROVIDED A WAY
God knew that man would not be able to find a way to pass from death to life. Since He had created man and still loved him, God Himself provided a way. Jesus is that way from death to life. He said, “I am the way… no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6. Perhaps you ask, “How can Jesus be the way?” You see, God had said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” Ezekiel 18:4b. Since God is love He did not want man to be doomed to eternal Hell. But how was He to spare man and still be true to His word, since He had said that the man who sins will die? It is here that God showed His love to man. He sent Jesus to die on the cross in man’s place. “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. This is why Jesus is the way from death to life; He bore your punishment. If you receive Him as your Saviour then your sins will be forgiven and you will receive eternal life. “He that hath the Son hath life” I John 5:12a.
YOU CAN PASS FROM DEATH TO LIFE
Jesus 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 5:24.
1. YOU MUST HEAR THE WORD (Bible). The Bible tells us that we are sinners and are abiding in death. It also tells us that Jesus died for our sins.
2. YOU MUST REPENT OF YOUR SINS. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...” Acts 3:19a.
3. YOU MUST BELIEVE IN CHRIST. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31. To believe means to realize that Christ died for your sins. It means to come to Christ with all your sins, asking Him to save you. It also means trusting Him to receive you and save you.
1. HE WILL FORGIVE YOUR SINS.
2. HE WILL GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE.
HAVE YOU CROSSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE?
If not, do it right now! Tomorrow may be too late. Just now, ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you. The very moment you do, you will pass from death to life.
John C. Ratzlaff