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The Three Angels' Messages

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How can we manage to lose out on eternal life?

To quote from a classic book, Christ's Object Lessons:

''What condemns people is not the fact that they're in the darkness of ignorance, but that they don't accept the light of truth and make it their own. The truth about who Jesus was and is: our Saviour from eternal death and the One who offers us the free gift of eternal life.''

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''In the great judgment day those who have not worked for Christ, those who have drifted along, carrying no responsibility, thinking only of themselves, pleasing only themselves, will be placed by the Judge of all the earth with those who did evil. They will receive the same condemnation.''

''Let none suppose that they can live a life of selfishness, and then, having served their own interests, enter into the joy of their Lord. In the joy of unselfish love they could not participate. They would not be fitted for the heavenly courts.''

''They could not appreciate the pure atmosphere of love that pervades heaven. The voices of the angels and the music of their harps would not satisfy them. To their minds the science of heaven would be as an enigma.''

''Alas! How many are appropriating to themselves the gifts of God! How many are spending their money for pleasure, for the gratification of appetite, for extravagant houses, furniture, and dress while their fellow beings are left to misery and crime, to disease and death.''

''Multitudes are perishing without one pitying look, one word or deed of sympathy.''

''God never meant that the widespread misery in the world should exist. He never meant that one man should have an abundance of the luxuries of life, while the children of others should cry for bread.''

''The means over and above the actual necessitites of life are entrusted to man to do good, to bless humanity.''

''The Lord has endowed people with capabilities, and power, and influence; He has entrusted them with money, that they may be co-workers with Him in the great redemption.''

''All His gifts are to be used in blessing humanity, in relieving the suffering and the needy. We are to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to care for the widow and the fatherless, to minister to the distressed and downtrodden.''

For The Least Of These: A Video Adaptation of a Quote from the Book ''The Desire of Ages''

To those who choose not to do so,

''On that day Jesus will say to them, 'I was hungry but you would not feed Me, thirsty but you would not give Me a drink; I was a stranger but you would not welcome Me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe Me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of Me.' ''

''Then they will answer him, 'When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?' Jesus will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.' '' skip

So if we work hard to help the needy, God will guarantee us eternal life?

''The reward of eternal life is not of works, lest any man should boast; but it is all of grace. Therefore there is no occasion for one to glory over another or to grudge against another. No one is privileged above another, nor can anyone claim the reward as a right.''

-- If we sell everything we have and feed the poor in order to gain eternal life instead of doing it out of love for our fellow human beings, it will all be for nothing. --

''Not the amount of labor performed or its visible results but the spirit in which the work is done makes it of value with God.''

Love is the basis of Godliness.

''Whatever the profession, no man has pure love unless he has unselfish love for his brother. But we can never come into possession of this spirit by trying to love others. What is needed is the love of Christ in the heart. When self is merged in Christ, love springs forth spontaneously.''

''Christ calls upon everyone to consider. Make an honest reckoning. Put into one scale Jesus, which means eternal treasure, life, truth, heaven, and the joy of Christ in souls redeemed; put into the other every attraction the world can offer.''

''Into one scale put the loss of your own soul, and the souls of those whom you might have been instrumental in saving; into the other, for yourself and for them, a life of face-to-face communion with God.''

''Weigh these two choices for time and for eternity. While you are thus engaged, Christ asks: 'What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?' ''

''God desires us to choose the heavenly in place of the earthly. He opens before us the possibilities of a heavenly investment. He would give encouragement to our loftiest aims, security to our choicest treasure. He declares, 'I will make you more precious than fine gold.' ''

''When the riches that moths devour and rust corrupts shall be swept away, Christ's followers will rejoice in their heavenly treasure, the riches that are imperishable.''

''Better than all the friendships of the world is the friendship of Christ's redeemed. Better than a title to the noblest palace on earth is a title to the mansions our Lord has gone to prepare.''

''And better than all the words of earthly praise will be the Saviour's words to His faithful servants, 'Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' '' - Christ's Object Lessons

Conclusion - So what does it mean then to come through Jesus?

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