The Promises of God, Part 9 by Allan McGuirl
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the promises of God and realizing that what God says does happen.
I really enjoy the book of Romans and the many precious truths it contains. In Romans 6:23, Paul says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is another promise of God regarding the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf so that we can live eternally with Him.
Just a few days ago, I was flying back from our capital city, Ottawa, to Toronto and I had only one person sitting beside me. I guess I am known as being a bit outgoing and we started a conversation. He had fled a Middle Eastern country 16 years ago under difficult conditions and came to Canada with his family. His occupation was in the communications field, and of course this opened up the conversational door with Galcom being in radio. He was heading to Las Vegas for a conference and wasn’t really attracted to all the gambling there. I shared what we were doing in Christian radio and we exchanged business cards.
He looked at the front of my card and tried intently to pronounce my name. It seemed a strange combination of letters to him since English was not his mother tongue. Then he turned over the card and was fascinated with what he saw on the back. I asked him if he could read the words that were written in a type of calligraphy. He read the first phrase, “The wages of sin is,” and then quickly recognized the word in calligraphy was “death”. I told him to turn the card upside down and there he read, “The gift of God is eternal”… The same calligraphy which reads “death” when turned upside down reads “life”. He easily deciphered the word life but was very confused. Earnestly he asked, “What does this mean?”
For the next 25 minutes until we arrived in Toronto, I shared how man has sinned ever since the time of Adam and Eve and that the punishment for sin in God’s eyes is death. Death is separation from God for all eternity. Then I explained to him that the gift of God is eternal life. God’s gift is His Son Jesus Christ. He came from heaven to this earth to live as a man and then to die, taking the punishment we rightly deserved. He rose from the grave and has returned to heaven to be with God the Father. Since He paid the debt for our sin, we can be forgiven and have eternal life.
His next statement caught my attention: “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this? I can have my sins forgiven? As Muslims, we have lived on a hope that we can make it by doing good deeds and gain merit that way, but we never have assurance that we have done enough good things to make it to heaven. You mean we can actually be forgiven? I have never heard this before.”
Our flight was over and I promised to send the man a book that I had written, full of stories about people all over the world who have come to know God by claiming His promise that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness.” “Please send me the book. I will look forward to reading it,” was his response.
This man heard only one verse from God’s word, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” His interest was gained immediately and I was able to share some of God’s truth with him during that short flight. Please pray that God will bring this man to the saving faith in Christ Jesus. How many other people do we meet on a daily basis who are hungry for this same truth? God is in the business of keeping His promises, and His promise of forgiveness and eternal life is extended to every person on this globe. May you rejoice today in God’s promises to you from His precious Word.
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