Summary: There are no two ways about it. Eternity Has But Two Options.
From The Desk Of Pastor Toby Powers
Truth Baptist Church
Eternity Has But Two Options
Intro: John the Baptist was preaching repentance of sins and preparation for the coming of Christ. Some heard his great preaching and supposed him to have been the Christ. He sets the record straight in these verses. Furthermore, he reminds them that the Messiah will not simply come as a genie from a bottle to grant them their greatest wish, but he will come to baptize. He will either baptize with the Holy Ghost or with fire. For those who would repent, he will baptize with the Holy Ghost, and those who would refuse him, he would baptize with fire. Notice in verse 17 that his fan is in his hand. He is ready to fan the flames of the fire for those who will not receive him. The Messiah’s message and purpose was really simple- to gather the penitent as wheat into the garner and to curse the unrepentant to everlasting fire. It is the simple question of heaven or hell. These are the only two options that Christ gave us for eternity. Every Gospel preacher since has preached the same truth. Life has many decisions; eternity has only two. To one of these two eternal destinations the soul is bound. Nobody stays here forever; you will have to choose for yourself.
I. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR CHOICE: Nobody can make this decision for you. Phil 2:12 sates that you must “work out your own salvation before the Lord with fear and trembling.” Be under no illusion that you work to be saved, but you will have to work it out with God for yourself. No man can say your prayer, do your repenting, confess your sins, or trust in Jesus for you. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR CHOICE:
A. Between Two Masters: It will either be the Lord or Satan. You cannot serve both. Matt 6:24
B. Between Two Lives: The Christian Life or the Sinful Life. James 3:11-12 “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” There is really no such thing as a Very Worldly Christian… Those are lost people! Matt 7:17-20 “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
C. Between Two Roads: It is the broad way and the narrow way. Matt 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
D. Between Two Deaths: The death of the righteous or the death of the wicked. Ps 116:15. Ez 33:11, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked.”
E. Between Two Destinies: It’s heaven or hell.