Evangelist Russell Hildebrandt will be ministering out of Old Paths Baptist Church in Northfield, Minnesota effective April 6, 2015. We Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for those that we have ministered to in the New Richmond WI area.
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
ONE DAY, you will meet God. Not only does scripture remind us that we have our own appointment with death, but it also declares that we will have to give an answer for ourselves to our Creator: “So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 Are you ready for that day? Perhaps, you have never considered the question of whether or not you are ready to meet God, or perhaps, no one has ever proposed it to you before...until now. Let us direct you to the words of God, the King James Bible, to see if you are prepared for your appointment with death, and subsequently, with God…..
READY… OR NOT… "...Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 Unless you have been “born again”, you are not prepared to meet your Creator and Judge: Jesus Christ. Jesus also said “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 The day you were born ( “of water” ), you were born a sinner, like all of mankind, and you inherited the nature of sin from the first man Adam: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12 As a sinner, you have also broken God’s law (the ten commandments), thus, you are guilty and condemned: “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19… “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10 The need for a Spiritual birth (“born…of the Spirit”) is clear, for without it, the Bible tells us that we are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) and “the wrath of God abideth” on us (John 3:36). Since your sin has forever separated you from God, these truths would be cause to abandon all hope. But God, in His mercy, has not left us without a remedy for our sinful condition.
THE REMEDY “…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 There are some who teach that sinful man can be reconciled to God through some work or merit of their own: baptism, ‘sacraments’, good deeds, ‘keeping’ the law, or even self-denial, etc. In fact, we know from the words of God that “…by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16) and “…by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 Indeed, we could never earn salvation from our sins by any work or merit of our own. But Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has paid the penalty for our sins through His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection on Calvary’s cross: “Much more then, being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:9-10
THE GOODNESS OF GOD “being…born of the Spirit”(John 3:5) will not occur until you, through godly sorrow for your sin, experience “…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21 Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 He also said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:3 A burdensome sorrow over your sinful condition and seeing yourself as God sees you: a guilty sinner worthy of death and the eternal torments of Hell “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:44); is “repentance”. Indeed, knowing how vile and sinful you really are before a thrice holy God, you should be able to echo these words: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 Even in this, “repentance” (admitting your guilt, forsaking and despising your sins), God shows us His mercy because it is only by His goodness that we are lead to repentance: “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance..” Romans 2:4
THE FAITH OF CHRIST Upon repentance and conversion (being changed) “that your sins may be blotted out...”(Acts 3:1), you must simply take God at His word (“believe”), trusting Him completely that the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, has paid in full the penalty for your sins: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”Romans 5:1 Even this, believing through faith, is all of Christ’s own work, not your own: “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Philippians 3:9
NEWNESS OF LIFE Subsequent to your repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ, He then will have “quickened” you “by the Spirit:” (1 Peter 3:18)--- His work of the new birth (being "born again”) will have been accomplished in you. Truly, you will have been given a new life in Christ: “as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)……“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)
A NEW PURPOSE “…he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 The new life in Christ always produces a genuine desire from the sinner (now saved by grace) to purposely live for Him: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12 Accompanied with this new purpose and desire, is power from the Holy Spirit to help you subdue your sinful flesh: “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 Lastly, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22
AN INHERITANCE With the conditions regarding your reconciliation to God having been fulfilled through Christ upon your being born again, your “appointment” with death no longer holds you in bondage to fear: “…that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15 For those who’ve been “born again”, they can assuredly echo this truth regarding their appointment with death: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) knowing that as “joint- heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) God has reserved an inheritance for them in Heaven with Him: “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:4-5
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10