Damascus: The Road To Salvation

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Jesus revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus

Acts 9:1-6

Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.
“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9:10-12

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied.
11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”

Acts 9:17-18

17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Most of us have already experienced a Damascus road where Jesus met with us in life when we were lost. Some answered the Lord with “Yes Lord, I believe” and the scales fell from our eyes. Others, on the other hand said, “No! Leave me alone!” making the scales remain in their eyes.

You don’t know how long you will be on that road. Once you leave that road, your decision will be final. As long as we are in the Damascus road, Jesus will be walking alongside trying to persuade us through one of His followers that He is the only way to the Father. When a person from the heart makes their choice not to be with Him, Jesus walks away. 

Jesus will always give everyone a chance in their Damascus road and He will always have an Ananias ready to be sent to that person to share the Word of God with them for salvation. 

Every Christian is an Ananias. We must be ready when the Lord gives us the green light to go to an individual for the scales of deception to fall out from his eyes so that he may see and know the truth, setting him free.

As Christians, we have the privilege of participating with the Holy Spirit in bringing people to Christ. 

How can we be ready when we receive God’s call? 

Into the fire
Like firefighters, Christians must face the fires of hell to bring people out of there

Jude 1:22

22 Have mercy on those who waver; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

A good illustration would be that of a firefighter. They always train and work in shifts of 24 hours, weekends and holidays, being at the ready for any type of emergencies. Their number one goal is to save lives and to put out the fire. As Christians, we are like firefighters. We must train daily by getting our minds ready through God’s Word so that we will be well equipped with the fire hose of the Gospel of Christ to bring people to a saving faith in Christ Jesus for the salvation of their souls from the fires of hell. 

Be ready to suit up. God might call you next…

 

 

 

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Can A Person Repent And Get A Second Chance In Hell?

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Can a person who is in hell, repent and get saved and leave hell?

The Bible teaches very clearly that once a person dies, they are judged and if found without Christ in their hearts, they will go to hell for all eternity.

Hebrews 9:27 

27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment

John 3:18 

18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

A person, while living on earth who has rejected the Lord Jesus stays condemned, once they die, it will be final.

Revelation 14:9-11 

9 And another, a third angel, followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is poured full strength into the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or anyone who receives the mark of its name.

By receiving the Mark of the Beast, the person has rejected Christ. In verse 11, their torment will endure forever and ever without having a chance to repent or get out. 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (21:24-27)

The Light
For the Lord God Almighty will be our light

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

“The nations” Refers to different races within the believers.

“the kings of the earth” Reveals different positions in the new earth that believers will inherit due to what they did for the Lord while they were on the old earth. 


25 Its gates will never close by day because it will never be night there.

The Lamb [Jesus] and the Father [God Almighty] will be the light of the new earth [verse 23]. Darkness represents sin and since it will no longer exist neither will night. Our bodies will be like Christ’s which needs no rest. 


26 They will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

The nations will bring into the new city, Jerusalem that which Christ has given them [glory and honor], the nations will worship the Lamb and the Lord God. 


27 Nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.

“Nothing unclean will ever enter it” Refers to those who did not wash their sins away by the blood of the Lamb. Satan and his fallen angels can not enter there, for they are unclean spirits and the unclean are assigned to the Lake of Fire.

“detestable or false” Both meaning the same thing, like those who claim to be Christians but were false teachers, are detestable to the Lord and false religion of all kinds is detestable to the Lord. 

The only ones who are going to be with Jesus, are those who gave their lives to Him and worshipped Him as Lord of lords and King of kings.

“those written in the Lamb’s book of life”

Jesus said in Luke 10:19-20, 19 Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing at all will harm you. 20 However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

The believers will rejoice in heaven because they will rest from all their labors [their work for the Lord] and no longer will they be in a fallen world of sin of tribulations and sufferings. But, the greatest joy besides being with Jesus is not being apart from Him like those who did not have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and are in hell for all eternity.