The Gospel is all about NOW!
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Now, right now is the acceptable time to be saved from sin. Right now. And the effects of being saved from your sins can be yours RIGHT NOW.
It is not a matter of dying and going to heaven…but a Salvation to be had right now. And the opposite is also true. Have no fear about dying and going to a lost eternity in Hell for Hell is also RIGHT NOW.
For if you do NOT have Jesus you are in torment right now. For your heart yearns to know God but your mind turns you away from Him. And without Jesus you are dead in trespasses and sins. Without Jesus you have no hope RIGHT NOW….let alone after you depart. Without Jesus you are already condemned and in Hell.
But with Jesus you are already lifted up into heavenly places in Him….RIGHT NOW! With Jesus in you you have become a child of God and right now are His, though you walk through this wilderness by faith calling those things that be not as if they are. Heaven is in the believers heart.
Today is the acceptable time to enter heaven through belief in Jesus Christ. And as soon as you do, heaven enters you and you enter heaven. Hell departs from your heart, though it will still try to attack you from the outside. You will have changed identities and citizenship. You will have become a new creation in Christ Jesus and a member of the kingdom of God. You will be translated out of the kingdom of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love–JESUS. Al this takes place for real in your heart for that is where Heaven is in this current age.
When you have repented and are calling Jesus your Lord and Savior the sounds of heaven fill your spirit with joy and gladness. Your soul is lifted up out of the bondage of sin…and your body begins to experience the touch of heaven as your spirit overflows with His power and love.
Thus while here in the wilderness we sing the refrain David wrote….
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.[literally:for a length of days]
Today I declare to you that TODAY you can be saved, restored to God and forgiven. Today, RIGHT NOW you can leave Hell behind and enter into LIFE in Jesus Christ.