Have you ever stood before immigration and waited anxiously for the officer to stamp your passport,
APPROVED FOR ENTRY
Every country, small or great, has entry standards or requirements for those who are not her citizens. Every country has the right to deny entry to those that are unwilling or unable to meet that country’s requirements.
Likewise the Bible speaks of a “far country”; a “city whose Builder and Maker is God.” Does it make sense that the smallest country has entry requirements, while the heavenly city, the city built by God, would have none? Shall entry to the world’s smallest countries be more demanding than entry to the eternal, heavenly city?
Though all “religious systems” require many “religious duties” by which people hope to enter the heavenly city, approval for entry can only be gained by meeting God’s requirements as clearly stated in the Bible.
1. Accept what God says about you. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:10.
2. Admit that you are a sinner. Sin is breaking any of God’s laws (the Ten Commandments). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. 3. Understand that the payment for breaking God’s laws (one or all of them) is death. Not the end of life, for your soul lives forever, but eternal separation from God. “For the wages of sin is death...” Romans 6:23. It is this breaking of God’s laws that causes your passport to the heavenly city to be stamped
REJECTED FOR ENTRY
4. Repent (“change your mind”). Realize that God is the ultimate authority over your life. Realize God’s hatred of sin (rebellion toward Him). Realize that you have offended a holy, righteous God. “...but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” Luke 13:5.
5. Believe that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh (John 1:1,14), who died on the Cross in your place to satisfy God’s wrath on your behalf. Believe that He shed His blood in your place, and that God raised Him from the dead. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures”
1 Corinthians. 15:3-4.
6. Apply the death of Christ to yourself by trusting in His payment for your sins, and believing on Him in your heart. “That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” Romans 10:9.
“God be merciful to me a sinner who believes in my heart that Jesus Christ paid the full payment of my sin; that He fully satisfied the wrath of God on my behalf through His shed blood; and that God raised Him from the dead, fully satisfied with His sacrifice. I now repent of my sins and trust Jesus Christ’s death alone for my salvation. In Jesus name I pray, amen.” (John 3:16)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved” Romans 10:13.
“August we began visiting a man who was dying of cancer. One of our ladies is a friend of the family and lined up the call for us. As we witnessed to him, he assured us that he was saved (quite recently). On other visits we would read Scriptures and he was so sure of his salvation, though being Catholic all his life. We were sure of his testimony, though one does wonder when they just say that they prayed at home. He died a couple of months ago, and we didn't even realize it in time to go to the funeral at the Catholic Church. Maybe we wouldn't have gone anyway.
A few weeks ago I received a card from the widow thanking me and the men for the visits, and assuring us that Mr. Wigan would have attended Grace Baptist except for his being bedfast. So today Kevin and I visited Mrs. Wigan. She was so happy to see us and asked us in to talk. She began unfolding a great story.
The first of August last year and just before our first visit, the group from Penn. who was here for VBS canvassed for kids and put tracts in mailboxes when people didn't come to the door. We were so encouraged when Mrs. Wigan told us that her husband, who had not been out the door for weeks, felt that he had to go to the mailbox at the gate. He found the Passport tract! Now here's the Lord working, for she said that for several days he had felt his need of the Lord for salvation but didn't know how to pray. On the back of the tract is the prayer suggestion, so he followed it and just knew he was saved. That's not the end of the story.
The day he prayed his former big boss from Kingston came to see him and to witness to him. The man is very shy and he prayed all the way to Mandeville for the Lord to give him boldness to witness to Mr. Wigans. As they conversed, the boss brought up the Lord, and Mr. Wigan told him of the Passport tract that told him how to pray and be a Christian. They rejoiced together. The boss was one of the speakers at Mr. Wigan's funeral and held up the tract in that Catholic Church and told of how he knew Mr. Wigan was a Christian. When I told Mrs. Wigan today that I knew you and explained about the tract society work, she was so happy. This is so encouraging, for we never know many times how well the tract (or any for that matter) is received. She has sent a Passport to her daughter who lives in Florida. Maybe you can encourage the people there about the way the Lord uses you all in the tract ministry.”
Follow-up: "On door-to-door visitation Saturday we met a women who commented on the Passport tract, that she had heard of it at the funeral of the man who was saved reading it; you met his widow. The man who gave the eulogy told of it; really telling on himself that he didn't really know how to witness to Winston on a visit, when Winston showed him the tract and said that he had been saved by it. Small world story, eh! For sure that one makes it all worth while, and we won't know of others till we get to heaven. "
From Jeremiah, Be Ye Holy ministries, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S.A.
"Found your tract "Passport" in the post office lobby in Palm Bay, Florida. It is good ..."
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