“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
God has written this and many other Scriptures using very inclusive language such as “whosoever,” “all,” and “the world” to demonstrate both the universal need and offer of salvation. Here are a few more of these verses, with blanks for you to enter your name and see what the Bible says about you.
For ________ has sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23).
To claim that you have never sinned is to attempt to make God a liar! Maybe we have become so used to sinning that we have lost sight of God’s holy standard. Not only is it sin to commit murder and adultery, but it is sin to tell a lie. James 4:17 tells us that, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Proverbs 24:9 adds: “The thought of foolishness is sin.” Yes, we all have sinned.
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save ________ which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
Jesus came to seek and to save YOU. We are all like lost sheep, turning away from the Shepherd. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus Christ came into this world to die on the cross of Calvary to save YOU from YOUR sins. “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
But God commendeth His love toward ________, in that while ________ was still a sinner, Christ died for ________. (Romans 5:8).
There is no greater expression of love than to give one’s life for another. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). God giving His only Son, the Lord Jesus, to be mocked and tortured and to die for us is the greatest expression of love there could ever be.
For God so loved ________, that He gave His only begotten Son, that if ________ believeth in Him, ________ should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
To believe in Jesus for salvation is more that just knowing facts about Him. To believe in Jesus for salvation is to believe that He is the Son of God and to completely trust Him as the Saviour of your soul. If you reject God’s salvation you will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone … and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10,15). God’s righteous judgment for your sins will be everlasting.
On the other hand, if you, as a lost and helpless sinner, trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, He promises you “everlasting life.” This life is far more than just living forever. Eternal life is eternal fellowship with the Father and with the Son. Eternal life is beyond anything that we can comprehend: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The Psalmist has said, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).
—Adapted from an interactive online Gospel message.