All of us are wise enough to realize that when we are confronted with the facts concerning a certain thing we should heed these facts.  No doubt, we are wise enough to realize that it is foolish to argue against the facts.  If someone were to say one and one equals two, it would be foolish for me to argue that one and one is three.  We all know better, because the facts say so.

With this article, I want to present some facts that we need to face, and then leave it up to each of us as to what we will do with them. Maybe we will want to argue concerning them, but remember, it is foolish to argue against facts (Acts 2:37-41; 10:33; 7:54).

It has been claimed that Robert Ingersoll, the celebrated agnostic who refused to believe in reward and punishment in a life after death, thoughtfully pondered these words by John A. Bingham, a believer, “Robert, if you are right and I am wrong, neither of us will ever know it; but if I am right and you are wrong, I shall be conscious of it and so will you, throughout eternity.”

Realizing that the Bible alone tells us where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going, let us face the facts from God’s Word that we present in this article.

FACT ONE: YOU NEED TO BE SAVED – I know we have heard this before on more than one occasion, but it needs to be considered again. We need to take this fact into consideration every day of our lives given the brevity of life (James 4:14) and the certainty of death (Hebrews 9:27). The fact is the New Testament plainly teaches that the person that has not been saved will face eternal separation from God (Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9). If we are not a Christian, we need to be saved because at the present time we are in a lost condition. The words of Isaiah 59:1, 2, although given to the Israelites, apply today. Our sins have separated us from God and prevent Him from blessing us with the spiritual blessings that are only found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).  If we are outside of Christ, we need to be saved because the wages for the life that we are living is death (Romans 6:23).

FACT TWO: CHRIST DIED FOR US – I do not know if we have stopped to think about it or not, but Jesus died for us.  Jesus’ death is the primary fact of the three facts included in the gospel Paul preached (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Every day of our lives, we should stop to ponder the fact that the Lord gave His life for us.  He was compelled to do so because of the great love that He and His Father had for man (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).

FACT THREE: TO BE SAVED WE MUST ACCEPT JESUS – Some times we tend to stray away from saying that one must accept Jesus as their personal Savior in order to be saved. I know why we do so, but that does not make it right. Just because the denominational world uses this phrase does not mean we should not!  The truth is, we desperately need to accept Jesus as our personal Savior because He is our personal Savior.  When we read John 3:16, we need to personalize it, “God so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son. . .”  Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor, . . .” (Matthew 11:28).  To be saved, we personally must accept Jesus, since salvation is found in no other person (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). In accepting Him, we accept Him by means of the plan that God has given us (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Romans 10:10; Mark 16:16).

FACT FOUR: WE CAN BE JUST A CHRISTIAN – The New Testament teaches us that we can be nothing more and nothing less than a New Testament Christian. Those who were saved on the day of Pentecost, and subsequent to that day, were simply added to the church by the Lord (Acts 2:47).  They belonged to no religious sect, party, or denomination. They were just Christians (Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4:16). It is a fact you can be just a Christian, added to the Lord’s church today just like those that we read of in the first century church.

The facts are before us. They cannot be successfully contested. The question at hand is what will we do with them?  The choice is ours, follow the facts, or reject them.

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