God’s Final Call


And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

Oh what a somber hymn, yet Oh how true! I heard God’s Final Call sung during my formative years at Highland Park Baptist Church. Years past until I again started hearing the inquisitive song on the Bible Broadcasting Network.

God’s Final Call goes straight to a most important question though initially the question is presented in statement form. Chiefly the question presented is: “This call from Christ may be your last call to accept Him as your savior; will you?” The song goes on to say that people think they will accept Christ later but for now they want to keep their sin. If this is your final call and you reject it you are doomed to hell.

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Today is the day to accept Christ’s call. You have no guarantee of tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 says Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Even if you live another 40 years, God may not call on you again and your heart will harden to such a need. God’s word, the Holy Bible, warns us about such. While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief (Heb 3:15-19). He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them (John 12:40).

In Luke 12 Christ told the parable of the rich landowner. The landowner was warned that he should not put trust in things (the landowner’s sin was covetousness). The landowner rejected the call and said he would tear down his barns to build even bigger ones. Christ says in Luke 12. And he (the landowner) said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided (Luke 12: 18-20).

What happens if you reject God’s final call. John 3:36 says 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. But you still have hope if you are reading this and know in your heart that you need God’s saving grace. 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).

What will you do? Will God make his final call to you today? Please answer His call; please do not put it off another time.

God’s Final call

Someday you’ll hear God’s Final Call to you
To take his offer of salvation true-
This could be it my friend if you but knew-
God’s Final Call, God’s Final Call

How can you live another day in sin,
Thinking some day with Christ you will begin?
O will you hear above the world’s loud din-
God’s Final Call, God’s Final Call

If you reject God’s Final Call of grace,
You’ll have no chance your footsteps to retrace
All hope will then be gone and doom you’ll face.

O hear his call! God’s Final Call

© Copyright 1961 by John W. Peterson Music Company. All rights reserved.
Used by permission.

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One Response to God’s Final Call

  1. mikem55 says:

    Amen, well written and so truthfully stated. I too, was introduced to John W. Peterson’s hymn, God’s Final Call, at an early age. Thankfully, within a few months of hearing this moving appeal, I did come to Christ. This is a very moving hymn and the story behind it is even more moving. It is tragic when we do all we can to lead someone to Christ, especially a close friend or relative, yet they refuse Him and then, it happens, they are called from this life and we are left behind with questions regarding their standing with the Lord. We cannot do anything but issue the same stern warning written in these lyrics. and hope our remaining friends and loved ones will respond. May they do so in Jesus name! Amen!

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