Since the author is an evangelist, it is only right to expect a gospel presentation to those visiting who may have a spiritual need. One verse from God’s word will introduce this presentation and why the above title, “Life In The Balance?” was chosen, which is John 5:24, where God’s Son says to His hearers, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” May God speak to, and draw to Himself, every person who reads the following who does not yet personally know God!
For those who may not as yet personally know God
Possibly you have become aware of a spiritual need in your life, such as knowing something about God, but not personally knowing this God Who created you and gave you physical life into this world, and up to now has allowed you to live on earth. If this is the case, then this has been written specifically for you. And what God wants you to have in coming to know Him is the peace and joy which comes in knowing that all of your sins committed in your lifetime are forgiven and that you have eternal life with God. And so, your greatest need at the moment is to make peace with God so as to go to Heaven, which is God’s eternal home. What follows will help to bring that about by pointing you to God so as to come to faith in Him.
And as we begin, we need to note a most important promise which God makes at Romans 6:23 to all those who do not yet know Him, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The good news here is that God offers you eternal life with Him as a free gift, which is to be obtained in His Son, Jesus Christ. What God does not do in this verse from the Bible is tell us how to obtain that eternal life with Him.
Another verse which we can look at where God does let us know how one can obtain that eternal life with Him is noting what God tells us at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Now the added truth which God makes known here is that the eternal life, which He gives to a human being as a free gift, is for those who believe in His Son.
Then the question is: What is it that I am to believe about God’s Son, Jesus Christ, which will lead God to give me eternal life with Him forever? And the beauty of God is that He never leaves us guessing, especially when it comes to having a personal relationship with Him, which He desires us to have. Therefore, we should not be surprised when God gives us the answer to our question in what He tells us at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “ Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,  by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” Therefore, “the gospel,” which simply means ‘good news,’ which God wants you to hear and believe in order to “be saved,” which simply refers to you coming to know God and have eternal life with Him, is that His Son has already died for you, has already been buried, and has already been raised from the dead again the third day after His death, in order that God would have a basis by which to forgive you of all your sins, which are all against Him, and to freely give you eternal life with Him, for simply believing this message in your heart.
One thing which often prevents a person from believing the gospel at this point is not seeing oneself as a sinner before a Holy God. When we look at ourselves by our own assessment, and especially when we compare ourselves with others around us, we often think of ourselves as being better than others, and so good enough to enter Heaven in our present condition. The problem with this is that it is the product of our own thinking and is not God’s assessment of our situation. God’s assessment of our situation is as He tells us at Romans 3:10-12,23 in part, “ as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one…  there is none who seeks for God  all have turned aside… there is none who does good, there is not even one…  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Quite a different assessment of the human race from that which we as human beings often have of ourselves, is this not? But why would God have such an assessment of the whole human race? For the answer to that question, we need to be aware that God is Creator of all that exists, so that when God created the first man, Adam, at the beginning of time, God created him in innocence, meaning that Adam as first created by God neither knew good nor evil, nor was there any sin anywhere in God’s original sinless creation.
However, the day came when God tested Adam with a command, saying to him in the garden of Eden here on earth, which was the perfect environment which God had for him, what we now read at Genesis 2:16,17, “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;  but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” How important to see here that God gave Adam, who although a real person was also representative of the whole human race, the warning of the penalty of death for disobedience to His command.
Unfortunately, the day did come when Adam did partake of the forbidden tree and thereby did sin against God. The moment that happened, Adam not only became a sinner by practice, but also a sinner by nature. One thing my parents had to continually do while under their care was to restrain me from continually going the wrong way, for it seemed that of myself I could not do good, but kept going into sin. The reason this was happening is that from the age of accountability onwards, I had not only become a sinner by practice, but also a sinner by nature. And here the age of accountability needs to be seen as being when as a young child in innocence – which moment is known only by God – one comes to learn the right from the wrong and chooses the wrong, thereby becoming personally accountable to God for one’s own sin against Him, since all sin is first of all against Him. And that is why God can say at Romans 3:23 above that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” because God knows that all human beings will go the way of Adam, our representative man, which is also why God can say what He does in regards to the whole of the human race at Romans 5:12, where we read, ”Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (from the age of accountability onward).
And so we see that the whole human race is declared by God to not only be sinners by practice and by nature from the age of accountability onwards, but the whole of the human race is now subject to death! In other words, in God’s sight the whole of the human race is under the judgment of the penalty of death, due to all being sinners by practice and by nature. You will recall above, in the first verse we quoted from Romans 6:23, God did say there that “the wages of sin is death.” And what God means by “death” here is not just loss of physical life, when the physical body we have dies, but also has spiritual death in mind, which is far worse! Spiritual death has its beginning when a separation takes place between a person and God at the moment one becomes a sinner at the age of accountability and ends after the final judgment of time, when God forever casts away from His Presence those who before physical death refused to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, thereby personally forfeiting the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life with God. And now all such will pay the penalty for their own sins in hell, away from the Presence of God forever.
It is in the midst of such a hopeless situation in which the whole of the human race found itself in that God TOOK THE INITIATIVE and sent His own eternally existing Son into the world, as born of a virgin in the innocence of Adam – so as not to inherit the sinful nature passed on from generation after generation from Adam onwards – so that He might be the acceptable sacrifice offered to God His Father at the cross, there bearing our sins in His body, and there dying the death due our sins! God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was then buried and raised from the dead the third day, to ever be alive, for it is through Him, on the basis of what God has done for us through His Son, that God The Father forgives our sins and imparts us eternal life.
Now, by God’s grace and His enablement, may you see your need of God’s Son to be Your Savior from the penalty due sin, which is death, not only physical, but also spiritual. And by God’s grace, may He lead you to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in believing, to receive the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life with Him forever! And based on the truth just shared, the author would now like to ask you a few questions, with the answer being just between yourself and God:
When God says at Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” does that include you?
When God says at Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” were you included in Christ’s death on behalf of sinners?
And when God further says at 1 Peter 3:18 in part, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,” were you part of the unjust for whom Christ died?
When God says at Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” do you want that eternal life as a free gift from God?
When God says at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” do you now believe that Jesus Christ is indeed God’s Son in human flesh, Who came from Heaven to this earth to die in your place, so as to save you from ever experiencing the judgment of God leading to an eternal separation from God in hell?
And when God then further says to you at Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near,” for His further promise to you here is as we read at Romans 10:9-11,13, “ that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (that is, you will now enter into a personal relationship with God by faith);  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness (that is, in now receiving God’s own righteous life to live by), and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (that is, in now receiving as a free gift the forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God).  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed…”  for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Will you now call upon God from your heart, telling God in your own words your answer to each question that has just been asked?
The author’s prayer for you at this point, as you now call upon God by His grace, is what we read at Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”