What should you do “in light of these truths?” What truths, you ask? Why, all the truths we’ve learned about in these 79 questions! Now that your brain has been stuffed with all this new knowledge, what should you do about it?
Let’s look back at what we’ve learned. God made us and all things. He created us for his own glory. He’s a God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He’s given us a God-breathed Bible for us to know about him. And in that Bible, he’s given us his law: commands that teach us how to love him with all our hearts and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We also learned that we are law-breaking sinners, every last one of us. Each and every one of our sins deserves God’s anger and judgment. But in his love, God sent his Son to earth with a mission: to obey all of God’s law for his people, then give his life to pay the price for their sin. Born as a human like us, Jesus did the work of a prophet, a priest, and a king. And after a life of perfect obedience and a dreadful death on the cross, Jesus the Christ finished his mission. The final proof of his success was seen on the third day when he rose back to life.
We learned that no one can be saved from sin by their own righteousness. Only those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus will be saved. We learned that the Holy Spirit can take our sinful souls and regenerate them. The moment a law-breaking sinner believes in Jesus, they are forgiven of their sins. They are justified and made righteous. They are adopted into God’s family. And day by day, God’s Spirit works to sanctify them, transforming them from law-breaking sinners to holy servants of the King. (Look at all those fancy words you learned!)
As we finished, we learned that Jesus will one day return to judge the world. He will raise the dead to life, both the righteous and the wicked. And on that judgment day, Jesus will send the wicked away to endure forever death in hell and invite the righteous to enjoy forever life in his kingdom.
Now that you know all of these things, in light of all those truths, what should you do? How can you be ready for the return of the King? I hope the answer is obvious – you should repent of your sins and believe in Jesus! You should turn from your law-breaking ways and trust in what Jesus did to save you. And the moment you do, all the good things you’ve read about will happen to you, too!
Your sins will be forgiven. You will be justified, adopted, and sanctified. You can be certain your sinful soul has been regenerated. And you will have a place in God’s forever kingdom. On judgment day, King Jesus will say to you, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Matt. 25:34) And in that endless kingdom, you will live with God forever, where everyday will be the best day of your life!
But what if you already believe? What should you do? It’s the same answer – keep believing! Hold on to the promise in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” When you sin, repent quickly and trust that God will always forgive you. And never fear that anyone or anything can separate you from God’s kingdom. Jesus himself said in John 10:28: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus has promised to hold you in his hand. And no one will be able to snatch us away from the all-powerful grip of our Savior!
As you live a life believing in Jesus, things won’t be easy. There will be days when you think, “How could God ever love a sinner like me?” On those days, believe the amazing promise God gives you in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I can’t be certain about all the twists and turns that your life will take. However, if you believe the good news of Jesus, I can guarantee this: your story will have the happiest ending possible! And as we enjoy the perfect forever kingdom of our Father in Heaven together, I look forward to meeting you someday and saying, “Hello!”