From my friend Rev. Jeff Dodson, pastor of Richland Gospel Church. Richland, NC
FIRST LIGHT OF THE DAY
John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
In a time when we are dividing ourselves by every description imaginable - Democrat or Republican, black or white, liberal or conserv - ative, rich or poor, old or young, and on and on we go - maybe it would be good to be reminded that all of these are man - made distinctions. All through the Bible we are taught that God divides people into two categories and only two; believers and unbelievers. Every single person on the planet fits into one or the other. It's very simple, really. We make things a lot harder than they need to be with all our labels and preconceived, (and often wrong), ideas about people. You are either saved or else you are lost.
Those who are saved all got saved the same way. Our circumstances may have been different: some got saved in church, some were at home, etc. But every person who ever got saved, got saved simply by believing on Jesus Christ, the Son of God. You can't work for it, you can't buy it, you can't earn it, and NONE of us deserve it; we simply took God at His word and placed our heart and soul into His hands.
Those who are not saved can get a glimpse of their future in this verse, "the wrath of God abideth on him." This wrath is spoken of in the present tense, (abideth); that is to say already, now, not some time in the future but right now God's wrath hangs over the head of every unsaved soul.
But, thank God, that's not all we are told in this verse. We also learn how the lost can be saved. All you need to do is take God at His word and believe His promise. Trust His Son with your eternal soul, and you can trade Hell for Heaven, the second death for everlasting life, wrath for glory. Will you be saved today? If I can help you in any way let me know.