A Politician Makes a Visit to Hell
The pol, in a state of shocked disbelief asks, “What is this? Where is the beautiful golf course and country club that was here on my last visit? And all my friends?” The Devil says, “Oh that? Ha!Ha! That’s what we show folks during the campaign, a protocol which I’m sure you are well acquainted with.”
I’ve told this story on several occasions, and it always gets a lot of laughs.
But really, this is no laughing matter. Hell is real place. The Bible says it is a place of unimaginable torment, where “their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” 1
No one knows, for sure, exactly what heaven will be like, but what we do know is it will be a glorious place–the exact opposite of hell.
The first fallacy, however, in this fictional story is that anyone will have a choice in where they will spend eternity after they die; the other is that no one can know, for sure, where they will spend eternity until after they die.
The truth is, you can know where you’ll spend eternity before you experience that end of life event called death, but the choice must be made before it, and the Bible explains exactly what one must choose in order to secure a place in heaven, and avert spending eternity in hell.
The first step is to acknowledge our true condition as humans: ” For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”2
In other words, nobody, no matter how well they lived their life, can obtain glory in their natural state–it will never be good enough.
Once this has been acknowledged, you are now a candidate for salvation, but in order to obtain it, you must believe something and commit your trust to it.
In the thirteenth chapter of the Acts, the apostle Paul preached a sermon in a synagogue in Antioch, in which he declared the following to a group of Jews and Gentile proselytes:
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Christ), is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”3
In order to obtain salvation, you must be justified before God, and belief is the key to being justified (made the righteousness of God) and delivered from the eternal penalty of sin, and the assurance of an eternity with God in glory.
Believe what? When a jailer in Philippi asked the apostle Paul what he must do to be saved, the apostle told him: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”4
Believe what about Jesus Christ? “That he paid the sin debt you owed, because he was, indeed, God Almighty5 who became a man, walked the earth for thirty three years, experienced every temptation that any human experiences but never succumbed to any of them, and thus fulfilled the law by becoming the perfect, once and for all sacrifice for sin, and then after spending three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God there.
In short, what you must do to be saved, sealed and bound for heaven is cease from believing that there is anything you could do yourself to attain it, and simply trust that Jesus Christ did it for you, and receive the salvation of your soul as the true gift of God that it is:
“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.”6
May I ask, dear friend, have you ever done this? Believed on the Lord Jesus Christ?
“For……behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”7
All Scripture references are quoted from the King James Bible.
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