The Call of God

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (Joh 3:16–17)
    God wants all men to be saved (1Ti 2:4; 2Pe 3:9). Because of this, He has revealed and continues to reveal Himself to man: through creation (Psa 19:1-2; Rom 1:18-20), through human conscience (Rom 2:14-15), through His written Word (Mat 4:4; 2Ti 3:16), through the Living Word (Joh 1:1-4, Joh 1:14-18; Heb 1:1-2), and through the spoken Word (1Co 2:6-7, 1Co 2:13). He has set eternity in the hearts of all men (Ecc 3:11).
    But God created us truly free and allows us to choose how we will respond to His offer of life. Each of us comes to a point at which we are aware that God exists. This is called “the age of accountability,” or the point of “God-consciousness.” If at this point we are positive toward God, if we want to know more about Him, He will see to it that we hear the Gospel.
    If, however, we want nothing to do with God, He will give us over—in time and in eternity—to our own desire for separation from Him. God does not send anyone to hell, and hell is not the place where people pay for their sins. All sins were paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross. Hell, which was created not for man but for fallen angels, is the eternal destiny which individuals choose when they reject the call of God (Mat 25:41; Joh 3:16-18; Rom 1:24, Rom 1:26, Rom 1:28).

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