Man is a dual being, consisting of a mortal body and an immortal soul (cf. Matt.10:28). While many spend great amounts of time, money, and energy caring for the body, relatively few focus on the condition of the soul. Since this latter part of man is the more valuable (Matt. 16:26), would it not be wise to focus the majority of attention and actions on it?
The fact is, every soul shall reside eternally in one of two places: heaven or hell (cf. Matt. 7:13-14). Dear reader, one day you will find yourself in one of these abodes. Do you know where you are heading? Do you know how to avoid hell and how to get to heaven? Don’t rely on subjective feelings (Jer. 10:23), man-made faiths (Matt. 15:9), or religious leaders (Matt. 23:13). Go to God’s Word!
Consider a few points regarding this Book — the Book that shuts the gates of hell and opens the door of heaven:
- The Bible is God’s Word and is designed to make man a complete being:”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- The Bible will be the standard of judgment on the last day:”He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (Jn. 12:48).
- The Bible should be diligently studied:”These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
- The Bible must be personally applied to be eternally effective:”But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (Jas. 1:22).
Friend, you possess a soul. Are you caring for it properly by studying and obeying God’s Word? Listen to the Master and consider your situation: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).