Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

The Last Place on Earth

You’ve heard people say, after they have slipped by someone who tried to get them to look to the Lord for guidance, or to come to church, “boy I dodged one that time.”

That pesky Christian almost got me pinned down to doing something I dread. Going to their Bible teaching church is where I am the least comfortable, and it is the last place on earth that I want to be. This is true for a lot of people.

The mall is one my least favorite places next to the dentist’s chair. But actually the last place on earth any one wants to be is in Hell. Hell has an unquenchable appetite. It is a real place with real dread, and that dread is forever.

So the next time someone asks you about your relationship with the Lord please consider what they are attempting to do, and that is to show you how to avoid that eternal dread.

Isa.55:1 “Everyone that thirsteth, come to the waters, and he that hath no money; come, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Isaiah says you must have a thirst; you must be aware of the need to come to the waters. The waters are a picture of the abundance of salvation and the blessings of God. The wine spoken of is used as an Old Testament metaphor depicting cheer and happiness, not drunkenness. Salvation cheers the parched soul. The milk as spoken of here pictures the nourishment and strength of God’s word, just as it does in I Pet.2:2. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that ye may grow by it.”

Isaiah goes on to say that you can have this abundance; this cheer; this strength from above at no cost to you. You do not need to pay for your salvation because it has been paid for you. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” II Cor.9:15.

God has made a payment for us that none of us would ever be able to afford. You and I do not pay for a gift. All we must do is receive the gift.

Isaiah pleaded with Israel to listen to God; to hear what God says and if so God would save their souls, Isa.55:3.

And then he makes one of the most compelling revelations found in the Bible, a revelation that connects us with our Creator, God. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isa.55:6

When someone reaches out to the unsaved to help them find the Lord they should listen. They must never assume God will always be near and when they sense the urgency to draw nigh unto God it is because he is drawing them to his salvation. When he does this he is giving the lost the chance to forsake their way, and to receive his mercy and his pardon.

We all need his pardon if we ever expect to go to heaven when we die. Without his pardon we are lost in our unbelief. The penalty attached to our sins which condemns us was bought and paid for at the cross, but the penalty for unbelief is on the individual. Unbelief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the unpardonable sin.

No person must allow unbelief in what they are as sinners who are condemned before a just and righteous God, to go unanswered when some caring Christian gives them the gospel and tries to point them to heaven.

Opportunities for many things in life knock only once, and only one time is all that God may knock at a man’s heart. Hell is the last place any one wants to be on earth.

The Pastor
November 2010

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