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What of the Unsaved?

The Bible lists several things that unsaved people definitely have. As we read down through the list, we soon discover that these are not the most desirous things to have. However, at the very end we have God’s alternative.

Beginning at the top of the list, we find that the unsaved person has:

  1. NO LIFE (I John 5:12). A person may have education, culture, refinement, wealth, influence, everything else, but all these together can neither merit nor purchase life. He who has not Jesus, whatever else he may have, has not the one thing essential, life, life now, life eternal. God counts him dead (Eph. 2:1). The way to have real life is to have Jesus; and the way to have Jesus is to receive Him (John 1:12).

  2. NO PEACE (Isa. 57:2). “There is no peace, saith my God to the wicked.” People will travel the world over, indulge in everything and do everything to find peace, and yet their lives are a constant testimony to the truth of the Word, “No peace to the wicked.” “He is our peace” (Eph. 2:14).

  3. NO STRENGTH (Rom. 5:6). The unsaved man is helpless, either to save himself or to make himself better. There was no hope for him anywhere; Jesus came and died at just the right time. His sacrifice avails for the ungodly now, and the sinner never needed the Saviour as much as he does just now.

  4. NO CHRIST (Eph. 2:12). Here are five awful statements that were true of the Ephesians before they received the gospel, and are true of every unsaved one now: without Christ, without citizenship, without promise, without hope, without God. How awful for one to have no Christ, no Saviour, no one to bear his sins, no blood to cover him in the judgment day.

  5. NO CITIZENSHIP (Eph. 2:12). To be “an alien from the commonwealth of Israel” means, as far as it was understood in those days, to be banished from the company of the saved here as well as to have no citizenship in heaven.

  6. NO PROMISE (Eph. 2:12). The unsaved man is a stranger to the many thousand promises which are available to the child of God who has placed himself under the covenant of grace.

  7. NO HOPE (Eph. 2:12). “Hope lost, all’s lost.” What is a man without hope? What would one do if he did not hope for results, and for the fruit of his labors? What an awful thing to go into eternity without hope!

  8. NO GOD (Eph. 2:12). The climax. The blackness of despair. No God.

  9. NO REMEDY (Prov. 29:1). It is dangerous to resist God when He speaks by His Spirit. Every time the sinner does this his heart becomes harder, and he becomes bolder in his refusals. This is the danger point, for he shall, in an unexpected moment, and without warning, be destroyed. No remedy. No excuse. Last chance gone. “My Spirit shall not always strive with man.” (Gen. 6:3).

  10. NO EXCUSE (Rom. 1:20). “So that they are without excuse.” Having rejected all warnings and invitations, what excuse has the non-Christian to offer? “What wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?” (Jer. 13:21).

  11. A JUDGE (John 12:48). The rejected Word of God, with its faithful descriptions of sin, its warnings and its invitations, will be an awful judge.

  12. AN INVITATION FOR SALVATION “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be Saved.” (Romans 10:13).

The Resurrection of the Unsaved

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt." (Daniel 12:2).

The Bible teaches the resurrection of the unsaved as well as the resurrection of the saints. The unsaved will be resurrected to stand in the final judgment. Those who have rejected God's salvation will be judged according to their works:

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15).

At the resurrection of the unsaved, the time of judgment, there is no second chance for those who have rejected Christ:

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

Many cults deny the resurrection of the unsaved, and the final judgment. Some prefer to believe in universal, or near-universal, salvation. Others prefer doctrines of birth and rebirth eventually resulting in enlightenment and escape from the cycle. Those teachings deny the reality of the utter sinfulness of man, and always result in a salvation by works doctrine. This, of course, denies the clear teaching of Scripture. It is sobering to note that God, who cannot tolerate sin, will bring to light all works done in the flesh. Any sin will be enough to bring condemnation and eternal separation from God's grace. Since the unrepentant sinner will have rejected Christ's offer of salvation, they will have to pay the price themselves.




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