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October 14, 2012
An Invitation To Eternal Happiness. Will You Accept It?
Guess what? You are cordially invited to attend the greatest gala affair ever witnessed by the entire universe! This grandiose festival will be attended by an all-star cast including some of your very own friends and relatives! The exact date for this feast has not yet been released to the public; however, knowledgeable sources say that it has been scheduled for the very near future!
"So what is this happy celebration all about?" you ask suspiciously, "And why haven't I heard about it before?" you question. "Furthermore, who is sponsoring it?" you add skeptically.
I'm glad you asked! I certainly don't want you to be left in the dark concerning such a wonderful event! No, this is not a gag or some fast-talking promotional gimmick. It is as real as you are sitting there right now reading this! As a matter of fact, your participation in this cheerful celebration is greatly anticipated by the Bridegroom. To be honest, He will be very disappointed if you don't show up. All you have to do is meet one condition in order to accept this Wedding Invitation. There are no strings attached or hidden requirements as you might suspect.
So, do you want to hear about it? Are you interested in knowing more? Great! I thought so! Who in their right mind would want to pass up such an amazing offer and such a wonderful event? Well, you'd be surprised!
So here are the details: This party is tentatively being called "The Marriage of the Lamb". That's a rather interesting name, wouldn't you agree? The Bridegroom is none other than Jesus Christ, and the bride-to-be is -- are you ready for this? -- The bride is none other than you and me and everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Here are some groups of Scriptures from the Bible to help you to understand these principles:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
Revelation 19:7-9, KJV
"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 22:1-14, KJV
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
Matthew 25:1-13, KJV
"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God."
Romans 7:4, KJV
So accepting Jesus as your Savior is the only catch, if you really want to call it a catch. The only ones who will be allowed into The Party are those who have acknowledged that they have fallen short of our Creator's expectations, that is, that they have sinned, and who have accepted and believe in Jesus' Sacrifice on the Cross as Atonement for their sins. The following verses explain this quite clearly:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23, KJV
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 6:23, KJV
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8, KJV
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12, KJV
There are no other conditions other than this. Accept Jesus, God's only Son, as your personal Savior, and you are on your way to attending one fantastic feast! It's really just that simple, and yet, so many people tend to put it off until tomorrow not realizing what an important decision it is. Sadly, others refuse to believe it altogether. Here again are some Scriptures to help you see that these ideas find their origin in the Bible:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
John 1:12, KJV
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16, KJV
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6, KJV
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
James 4:14, KJV
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
2 Peter 3:3-4, KJV
"They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof."
Job 24:13, KJV
So tell me, what about you? Are you honest enough with yourself to admit that you aren't the greatest person in the world, that you've made your share of mistakes, that you've sinned, and that you need Someone stronger than yourself to help you straighten out your life and set you on the Right Path? If you are, then half the battle is already won. As the Apostle Paul said:
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not."
Romans 7:18, KJV
Tragically, some people are too proud or arrogant to admit that they aren't perfect, especially perfect enough to participate in the glorious future God has prepared for those who love Him. Not only won't they admit that they are sinners, but they deny God's very existence, just as evil men have been doing for literally thousands of years. In fact, we are told that as we get closer to the end of this ungodly worldly system, unbelieving man will only continue to increase:
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
Psalms 14:1, KJV
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13, KJV
If however you are at a point in your life where you have come to realize that there are more important things than the temporary pleasures which this life has to offer, if you are at a point where you are yearning to know The Truth, then this message is definitely for you. If your heart is receptive to everything you have just read, then I invite you to receive the free gift of Eternal Life by accepting Jesus Christ, God's Son, as your personal Savior. You can do it right now by simply praying a small prayer of acceptance. To help you to do this, below you will find a sample prayer which you can use as a guide. You don't need to prayer these exact words. What is most important is that you pray from your heart, that you believe that you have been heard, that you believe that you have in fact been forgiven for your sins through the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and that you understand that you have entered a new relationship with Him. The following Scriptures will help you to further understand these ideas, and to see how they are based on the Bible:
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:"
Matthew 7:7, KJV
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
John 14:13-14, KJV
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
John 15:7, KJV
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
John 15:16, KJV
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
1 John 5:14-15, KJV
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
Revelation 3:20, KJV
Here then is a small prayer which you can use as a guide to know what to say. Remember, prayer is not just some formal established routine, it is you talking with God as you would talk to a friend. You may wish to read the following prayer and then pray your own prayer as you feel led:
"Heavenly Father, I admit that I am not perfect, that I have made my mistakes in this life, and that I am a sinner. I accept and believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died on the Cross for the remission of my sins. I now ask You to please forgive me for my sins through the Blood of Your Son Jesus, and that You grant me Eternal Life. I also ask You to fill my life with Your Spirit. Help me to allow You to take control of my life, and please lead me to the Truth found in Your Holy Word, the Bible. As I grow in the knowledge of Your Word, help me to also begin sharing this message of Salvation with others, so that they too may inherit Eternal Life. Thank-you Father for hearing my prayer."
"In Jesus' Name I Ask. Amen"
If you have just prayed this prayer, or a similar prayer with sincerity, then God has indeed heard you. Not only has He heard you, but He has forgiven you for your sins, just as He has promised in His Word:
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18, KJV
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Jeremiah 31:34, KJV
Additionally, you have received Eternal Life. We know that this is so simply because the Bible says so, and that is all that we need to know. You may not have heard a clap of thunder, you may not have felt some grand onslaught of emotion, but everything you have just asked for has been granted to you by Faith. In the world we are taught to be led by our feelings. From the time we are young we are taught to question everything, to be skeptical, to not believe unless we have tangible facts or evidence. This is the way of the unbelieving world. It is for this very reason that many people in today's society have been drawn away from God by modern science and other such things. But the Bible tells us that we must have Faith to please God:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:1, 6, KJV
As Christians, we must live a life of Faith, and not always a life based on what we can see, hear and feel. As you begin to read God's word, your Faith will begin to grow. The Apostles Peter and Paul put it this way:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
1 Peter 2:2, KJV
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17, KJV
To help you to grow in Faith, as well as to learn more about the Lord and His Will for your life, I suggest you begin by reading the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospel of John alone contains the whole message of Eternal Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ. Once you have read these, you may wish to continue by reading the Acts of the Apostles which many consider to be an extension of the Gospel of Luke. The Acts will help you to learn how Early Christianity was propagated by the First Disciples beginning in Jerusalem, and then reaching out into North Africa, other Middle Eastern countries, and the regions around the northern Mediterranean coast.
As you continue to read the Word, and as time passes, you will undoubtedly begin to notice changes in your life. This is exactly what the Word of God does. Both King David and Jesus confirmed this when they said:
"BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."
Psalms 119:9, KJV
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
John 15:3, KJV
Don't be surprised if you adopt new attitudes, and if your outlook on life changes for the better. You may also acquire new feelings towards others. This is because by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have been symbolically born again. You have become a new creature with a whole new perspective. It may not always be easy, but you now have the assurance that when this life is passed, you will move on to a much better one. Here again are a few verses to help you to understand these things:
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
John 3:3-8, KJV
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
2 Timothy 3:12, KJV
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
Ephesians 6:10-18, KJV
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Hebrews 11:13-16, KJV
In the beginning of this message, I mentioned that an all-star cast would be attending the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. This idea is based on the following verse from the Book of Daniel:
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever."
Dan 12:3, KJV
Here are a few more verses to inspire the hearts of those who trust in the Name of Jesus:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9, KJV
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
John 14:1-3, KJV
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:2, KJV
"But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 15:35-58, KJV
With these inspiring verses, I will bring this message to a close. I pray that this invitation has been a blessing and an inspiration in your life. But most of all, I pray that you have taken it seriously, and that you too are now a born again Child of God and part of the Bride of Christ. If so, then I'll see you at the feast!
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For additional information and further study, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which are related to the topics which were discussed in this article. All of them are also located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
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Is the Message of Salvation Meant for All Men?
Not Everyone is a Child of God
Message to the World
Salvation is Free