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January 30, 2014
By Pastor Tony Barber
Bluff Park Baptist Church, Hoover
I’ve been a pastor for almost 29 years and as such have presided over many funerals. I have spoken at the funeral of a newborn, a lady who was 107 and everything in between. I may have been caught off guard about when they died but not that they died. That knowledge has driven me. I want to be sure that everyone I know is prepared for death.
I don’t want to sound fatalistic or pessimistic. I just want you to think about the hereafter long enough to be concerned about it; to take the necessary steps to assure that your “final estate” is a place of eternal happiness and rejoicing. There is only one way to do that. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There are not many paths to heaven, there is just one.
“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Jesus said that in John 3:3.
But what must you do to be “born again”? Do you have to recite a certain creed? Must you marry in a particular church, confess to a human priest, pray while facing a certain way four times a day? Thankfully, no.
It is simple, really.
You have to realize that you are a sinner and that if you are not “born again” you will die in those sins and spend eternity in a place we call hell.
Upon that realization you must understand that God loves you and has made a way for you to escape that destiny.
You must confess that sin, ask Jesus to forgive you and simply ask Him to be your Savior, thus making Him the Lord of your life. The apostle John wrote in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” In short, you will be born again. Don’t you want that?
Now find a good, Bible teaching church with caring believers and begin studying the Word of God so that your life on this earth will reflect some of the glory that awaits you in heaven.