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When there are only two options…..



He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  

(John 3:36)





Sometimes a number of options may be presented on a form, or multiple-choice questions allow one of four or five answers to be selected. Diversity is welcomed in society today, and all points of view are to be tolerated. There is one area, however, where two options only exist. If one position is not accepted, the other automatically applies.


This can be seen in the message of the Gospel. John 3:36 makes it abundantly clear that the two positions are “believing” and “not believing”. There is no middle ground, alternative position, or opportunity to evade the issue.




To believe on the Son means to trust the Lord Jesus Christ personally. Only He can save us from the consequences of our sins. On the cross He died for sinful people, willingly laying down His perfect and sinless life for our salvation. We must turn from our sin, which is abhorrent to a perfectly holy God, and ask Him to forgive us through the work of His Son. We must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our own personal Saviour. Those who “believe” in this way are assured of “everlasting life” and actually possess it now.


The alternative position is not to believe. The verse quoted above tells us that all who will not believe “shall not see life” but remain under wrath. God’s righteous anger hangs over them like a threatening cloud and will ultimately fall upon them. In order to avoid that fearful calamity it is therefore necessary to believe on the Lord Jesus.


There are no other positions. We would urge all who read these words to take them seriously. John 3:36 is part of Holy Scripture. Heaven is promised to those who believe, but Hell will be the fate of all who refuse God’s gracious provision in Christ. Do not delay: trust Him now as your Saviour.