You might think you can but you can’t. I don’t like to be told that. How about you? But, a lot of the times, it’s true. There is coming a day when we are going to stand before God to be judged. We may not like to think about it but it is coming, like it or not. What a lot of folks will try and say at that time is, “Nobody ever told ME the truth about God and nobody tried to help me regarding spiritual things.”
Dear reader, you now looking at positive proof that someone did indeed care enough about your soul to try and give you a better answer to God in the Day of Judgment. The Psalmist said in Psalms 142:4 “…no man cared for my soul.” Maybe there is someone somewhere that can truthfully say that but YOU CAN”T. Now, you might disregard what is said here and not look any further and that is your personal freedom to do so, if it pleases you for the moment, but remember – you can’t say nobody tried to tell you the truth and warn you to be ready when you stand before God.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things that you can’t do. Physically speaking, you cannot, by you own strength alone, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. The same thing is true when we talk about spiritual things. When it comes to spiritual things and our personal relationship to God, we all have the problem of depravity in our human nature that we inherited from our parents. Since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, every human being, except for one, has been born with a sinful nature and is dead toward God regarding spiritual things. The only exception to that – is none other than the virgin born Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.
That being the case, you can’t save yourself. Apart from the grace of God, you are utterly doomed to stand before Him dead in your sin. Yes, you can go to church. You can have religious rituals performed for you. You can read your Bible. You can pray earnestly with great feeling. You can give your tithe in church and special offerings to help the poor. There are any number of things that you can do, that are very good works to do in the sight of your fellowman, but you can’t save yourself. All of these good works are fine and good, but in the end, when you stand before God, they can’t help you as far as your sin is concerned. God says, in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Thank God for His unspeakable Gift.
God the Father gave His Eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be the way of salvation for hell deserving sinners that would believe in Him. John 3:16, “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.” Thank God that salvation is all of grace because if it was left up to you, you can’t save yourself. Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…” How wonderful is that? You see, you don’t have to do anything to receive a gift. It is the prayer of the people that labored to bring you this little message that you might stand before God someday by the grace of God and be able to say, “I can’t save myself from my sin but you gave me Your only begotten Son and by faith I have Him as my Saviour.”
Although Christ had no sin of Himself, He went to the cross of Calvary and died there in the place of sinners like you. The Bible says that He took our sins upon Himself. He was indeed the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. It would be wonderful if you would seek out the church that sent you this little message and attend there and learn more of the wonderful grace of God, but if nothing else, we pray that God would grant to you the grace you need to repent of your sin and by faith receive God’s great gift of salvation in His dear Son. AMEN.
The Lord’s Baptist Church
11102 Yakima Avenue So.
Tacoma, WA. 98444
Pastor: Larry J. Killion
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting….7:00PM
Preaching the old landmark truth by sovereign grace