It is fairly well-known that Christians will endure much persecution, tribulation and hatred during the end times.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
So, to the non-believer, the question then becomes “Is there any advantage to being a follower of Jesus Christ? If so, what are the advantages?”
Despite the surety of trials and troubles in this present world–perhaps, because of these same persecutions–there are several BIG reasons to be a born-again Christian believer. Among these are:
1- ETERNAL SALVATION
Of course the biggest advantage of being a Christian (as opposed to a church member) is eternal salvation. This is an eternity spent with God and Jesus Christ in such a splendid state of bliss, God’s Word assures us that the mind of man cannot even imagine all of the happiness which awaits him.
“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.”
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”
2- PEACE OF MIND
Unless one has suffered the torment of a fearful, restless mind, then one cannot imagine the full benefits of God’s peace. This lack of peace–which is the promised lot of the wicked and/or foolish man–is such a certainty, it is declared THREE TIMES in the Book of Isaiah alone.
“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”
“There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
“There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.”
There are so many accounts of the tormented wicked, and wealthy, man that this has become a cliché.
It is hard to imagine the true peace which is a benefit of becoming born again–unless one has experienced that affliction of restlessness BEFORE becoming a follower of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Himself promised his peace to those who followed Him.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Yes, there is persecution and hatred to be endured as a follower of Jesus Christ, BUT such is the peace which the believer obtains, he does not lose any sleep over trials and tribulations of being a follower of Jesus Christ.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations”
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”
Because God is holy, the believer is assured that all dealing with the Father will be fair and equitable.
“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity”
Because of God’s inherent holiness, the believer will never have to “look over his shoulder.”
“There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee”
Because God is holy and because God’s word is true, the believer does not have to concern himself with being lied to.
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
The believer does not concern himself with the possibility that God will lie.
“God is not a man, that he should lie”
5- THE POWER TO FULFILL ALL PROMISES MADE
When one is a follower of Jesus Christ, one is a follower of the most powerful entity in existence. When God the Father or His Son, Jesus Christ makes a promise, that promise will be fulfilled. A lack of power is never a problem when one is a follower of the Creator of All.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
All of the above–and more–are what Christianity has to offer.
And that was without mentioning God’s Holy Spirit, who takes up residence in the believer and comforts him and leads him into all truth, including unlocking the secrets of God’s Word.
Of course, the non-believer cannot know any of the above, but every believer will testify of the HUGE benefits from being a follower of Jesus Christ.
A word to the wise: Christianity is not a “Plan B.” Christianity is not a backup for when the world fails.
God’s mercy allows the follower of Jesus Christ to become a member of the kingdom of heaven.
It is NOT up to the one who “decides” to be a Christian.
“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
To all those who have decided to wait and see how the events of the end times shake out and IF things look precarious, THEN they will call upon God: no faith is needed if one can see what one needs to do.
…and faith is needed to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Only eternal disappointment awaits all those who delay.
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 20-22, 2019.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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