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What Will You Say?

March 12, 2018

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What Will You say?

There was a rich man  who came  to a most awful realization  as he met his eternal doom.     Jesus tells about it  in Luke 16:19-31,

There was a rich man  who used to dress  in purple and fine linen  and live in luxury  every day.     A beggar  by the name of Lazarus  was laid  at his gate.     He was covered  with sores  and longed to satisfy his hunger  with anything  that might fall  from the rich man’s table.     And the dogs  would even come  and lick his sores.

One day the beggar died,  and the angels carried him  to Abraham’s bosom.     The rich man also died  and was buried.     Being tormented in hell,  he looked up,  and though far away,  he saw Abraham,  and Lazarus at his bosom.    

“Father Abraham,”  he called,  “have pity on me  and send Lazarus  to dip the tip  of his finger  in water  and cool off my tongue,  because I’m suffering  in this fire.”

But Abraham said,  “Remember, son,  you had your good things  in your life,  while Lazarus had his misery.     Now he is comforted here,  while you’re suffering.     In all these things  there’s a wide chasm fixed  between us  and you,  so that those who might want  to cross from here  over to you  can’t do it,  nor do any  from there come over  to us.”

“Then I ask you,  father,”  he said,  “send him  to my father’s home  —  I have five brothers  —   to warn them not to get  into this place  of torture.”

“They have Moses  and the prophets,”  Abraham said.     “They should listen  to them.”

“No,  Father Abraham,”  he said,  “but if someone comes to them  from the dead,  they’ll repent.”

If they don’t listen  to Moses and the prophets,”  he answered him,  “they won’t be convinced  even if somebody rose  from the dead.”

Question  —  What will this rich man say  to his brothers  as they join him  in hell  for their arrogant unbelief?     How will he feel  about having had a knowledge  of God  during his life time,  but no faith  or desire  to be near to God  or share the truths  of God?

Another question  —  What might Lazarus say  to Abraham  and all the other saints  as all his pains and miseries  were gone?

A third question  —  What will you say  to those around you  in all eternity?

Will you be in agony  thinking about all those you left behind  on earth  that you did not witness to?     Will you agonize  about your knowledge of God  that was not put  into practice  by faith?     Will you be grieved  to see your friends  and relatives  go to hell?

These questions  should help us  put reality  into its proper perspective.

Our knowledge  about God  is of no value to us  until we put our faith  in the eternal Lord  of all.     What God has shown us  in His holy word is  not just another myth  or philosophy.     If we have wonderings  or doubts  about the validity  of God’s word,  it is at least worth the effort  to check things out  by studying all  of it.

We need  to seriously listen  to Moses and all the prophets.     They’re all we have  and need  —  Jesus said so.     They wrote all the prophecies  about the Savior.     What they wrote  all came true  in Jesus Christ.     So,  what are we going  to do about that  in our short life time?

What will you say  in eternity?     That depends  on what you believe  and say right now.

As we study God’s word  and marvel  at His power  to save us eternally,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for opening my eyes  and ears  to Your word,  so that I can  know the truth  and the truth  can set me free  to live for You now,  while I still have a chance.”

Love,
Margaret

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Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
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