God’s word has been given to man so that he might come to understand God’s love and God’s terms for forgiveness.
James wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
Those who refuse to listen and obey God now will find one day that God will not listen to them.
“Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 7:13).
Luke tells of one who ignored God during his lifetime and realized too late what he had done. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom and he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence” (Luke 16:23-26).
God’s word cannot be ignored. Each person one day will give an accounting. On that day, it will be too late to change what has been done.
God’s word tells how those in the first century heard the gospel (Romans 10:17), believed in Jesus as God’s Son (Hebrews 11:6), turned (repented) from sin in their life (Luke 13:3), confessed Jesus before others (Romans 10:10), and were baptized for the remission on their sins (Acts 2:38). This was to be followed by living faithful lives (Revelations 2:10). Man will not live forever.