When dealing with people about the matter of Salvation, we often leave the impression that some time in the future a person will be saved or lost. However, when we consult the Bible we find that this is not the case at all, as we see in John 3:18:
"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
In this verse you will find only two classes of people mentioned, Believer and unbeliever. Every person is in one of these classes. There is no "I don't know" class.
There is a vast difference between these two classes of people. The difference is Heaven or Hell. A good question to ask yourself is, "In which class am I?"
" . . . He that believeth not is condemned already. . ." This Bible statement reveals two important facts. It not only tells WHY a person is condemned, it also tells us WHEN a person is condemned. You are not under the sentence of death because of WHAT YOU DO but because of what you DO NOT DO.
You see, a person is not condemned because they drink, lie, steal, or commit outward acts of sin. These outward acts are only symptoms. The only reason a person is condemned is because they do not BELIEVE -- and for no other reason.
Then, too, we see that "he that believeth not" will not be condemned eventually. He is condemned NOW -- at this very moment! God has concluded all guilty. The sentence has been pronounced. It is only a matter of time until every unbeliever will start serving this sentence.
The second class of people are those who believe. These, the Bible says, are NOT CONDEMNED. The proper thing to do, then, is to become a BELIEVER.
You may want to know how a person becomes a believer. A person becomes a believer simply by receiveing the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
"But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."
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