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Letter: An illustration of God’s love

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On Judgment Day, there may well be a man who, in his lifetime, committed more good deeds and fewer bad deeds than another. It is possible that this virtuous man, whom we will call Charles Goodlife, will face an eternity in Hell, while this other man, whom we will call Frank Forgiven, will live forever in the glorious presence of God.

At this time, Jesus Christ will no longer be in the business of saving souls, but He will be our Judge. Imagine the following dialogue between Charles Goodlife and Jesus Christ.

Charles: Why have I been condemned to be tormented forever, while Frank Forgiven has been promised an eternity in glory with You?

Jesus: You are condemned because of the sin in your life.

Charles: The sin in my life! Look at Frank Forgiven! In my lifetime I did more good deeds and fewer bad deeds than he did. What sort of justice is that?

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Jesus: Frank Forgiven? Bad deeds? I don’t remember Frank doing any bad deeds.

Charles: You’ve got to be kidding! I distinctly remember times when Frank stole things, told lies, and treated people selfishly. And you should hear what he said about someone he didn’t like.

Jesus: You see, Frank’s sins have been forgiven. I paid the penalty for his bad deeds when I died on the cross. Those offenses are not only forgiven, I have wiped them out of my memory bank. As far as I am concerned, Frank never sinned in the first place.

Charles: You did that for Frank; why didn’t You do that for me?

Jesus: Frank confessed his sins and asked Me to forgive him. I would have gladly done the same for you if you had only asked Me. But you were trusting in your own righteousness.

1 John 1:8-9, If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 2:8-9, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.

Jeremiah 31:34 and Hebrews 8:12, I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

Russell A. Scott

Roswell

 

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