How Long Have
I To Live?
From the Free Presbyterian Tract Society
The one who initially asked it was eighty years old; thus,
it certainly was appropriate for him. But then it is for
everyone irrespective of age, for no one has the slightest
idea of how long he will live on this earth. Death visits
the members of the human race at all levels, from infancy
right through to the most advanced stage of life. Therefore,
it is appropriate for you to ask yourself this moment"how
long have I to live?"
A Most Alarming Question
Since you do not know the extent of your life, you should be
alarmed lest it suddenly end, and you find yourself
unprepared for the world to come. It is a clearly attested
fact in Scripture that however long a persons life may be,
the close of it in this world does not bring his existence
to an end. The soul lives on forever. Hebrews 9:27 states:
"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but
after this the judgment".If you are still pursuing a
life of sin and neglect of your soul, how alarmed you should
be lest death come unexpectedly and your soul be plunged
into the torments of hell. Luke 16:22,23 "...the rich
man...died...and in hell he lift up his eyes, being
An Awakening Question
It is designed to awaken you to see the need to prepare for
eternity. Because you do not know how long you have to live,
and since you are presently without Christ, how essential
that you take serious steps to prepare to meet God.
What are those steps? To begin with, recognize that there
is only one way of salvation. Christ said: "I am the
way...no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:
6). Understand also that there is only one means of
entering upon that one way as Ephesians 2:8,9 make
clear: "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." Clearly, then, sinners are
saved through the means of faith Luke 18:42, "Thy faith
hath saved thee."
Just what is that faith that saves? Saving faith
convinces a man of his guilt and inability to save himself.
Paul declares in Romans 3:19, 20 that "all...become
guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in His sight...." Until you
realize your guilt and helplessness you can never be saved,
for Christ "...came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:17).
Furthermore, saving faith believes that God has provided
salvation through His Son Whom He sent into the world.
Galatians 4:4,5 "...God sent forth His Son...to redeem
them that were under the law...." Therefore saving faith
believes that Jesus of Nazareth alone is the promised
Saviour. 1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and ONE
Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus...."
But, being convinced of all these truths, saving faith
then rests on the all-sufficiency of Christ. The Lord
Jesus Christ is "...able to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by Him" (Heb. 7:25). In other words,
His sacrificial death is an all-sufficient payment for sin,
fully satisfying the holy demands of Gods law. Throughout
the Gospel, sinners are urged and commanded to trust in this
all-sufficient Saviour: "Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). The one
who truly believes ceases from works to obtain salvation and
rests whole-heartedly on Christ alone, understanding
that His work on the Cross is sufficient to save.
Finally, saving faith assures all who trust in Christ
alone that all of His righteousness is applied personally to
them. Romans 4:7,8 "Unto whom God imputeth
righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose
iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered."
This assurance can be yours if you will but "repent...and
believe the Gospel" (Mark 1:15). I urge you to do so
today. Then, no matter how short your time may be, you will
be saved from sin, hell and the wrath to come. Isaiah 55:6
"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near."
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