There in no second chance to get right with God. There are no second chances because the Scriptures show that the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles is through the gospel of Christ which is in this dispensation. Paul said: ‘ . . . now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). The theme of the Roman letter is that salvation is through the gospel for all (Jew and Gentile) who believe (Rom. 1:16). Righteousness is through the gospel (Rom. 1:17) which is “by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…” (Rom. 3:22). “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek . . . . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:12-13). Paul stated, “The word is near you” . . . (Rom. 10:8). God’s message of salvation is not far off, but is near, ready for those who will accept it. No future second chance is offered in the gospel.
There is no second chance because the gospel Paul preached is the only hope of Israel. Before king Agrippa Paul stated, “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews” (Acts 26:6-7). Later, under house arrest in Rome, Paul declared before the chief Jews, “. . . because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain” (Acts 28:20).
The hope Paul preached was not what Israel hoped for. Israel hoped for an earthly Messiah and an earthly kingdom, a false hope. The hope for which true Israel hope was spiritual in nature, coming through the promise to Abraham and realized in Christ through the gospel. This is the hope of Israel.
There is no second chance for the Jews or the Gentiles because conversion must come within the scope of the Great Commission. Jesus said that Great Commission embraces all nations (Matt. 28:18) and every creature (Mk. 16:15). Peter alluded to this at the house of Cornelius and said, “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:36). Hence, there is no doubt that the Jews are included in the Commission.
But notice that the Great Commission ends with this age when Jesus said “. . . lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). There are no provisions for another age. We are living in the last days (Acts 2:16-17), the last times (1 Pet. 1:20) and the last hour (1 Jn. 2:18). Jesus is speaking to us in the last days (Heb. 1:2), not some future era. He was manifested in these last times (1 Pet. 1:20), not a future time and he is speaking to the dead (spiritually dead) in this last hour (Christian Dispensation) (Jn. 5:25), not some future hour.
There is no second chance for the Jews or Gentiles because it would require another covenant as there is no such provision in the present covenant. Salvation is in the present covenant, the New Testament, is through the cross of Christ. “By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). “And to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling” (Heb. 12:24). “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb. 13:20). Furthermore, it was because the first covenant was faulty that the second one was established (Heb. 8:7). James tells us it is perfect (Jas. 1:25) and none other will, therefore, be sought.
There is no second chance because there is no probation after Jesus comes the second time. Listen to the apostle Peter: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night . . . . the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:9-10). The time to repent is during the period of God’s longsuffering, before Jesus comes again. There is no opportunity to repent after Jesus comes because the earth will be no more.
There is no second chance because God is no respecter of persons. “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Rom. 2:11; ff. 1 Pet. 1:17; Acts 10:34; Col 3:25). How can God be impartial by saving those in the Tribulation with a second chance while condemning those who died unsaved prior to the Tribulation?
There is no second chance because when Jesus returns the door of salvation will be shut. In the parable of the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13), when the bridegroom came and entered the house, the door was shut (v. 10). The meaning is that when Jesus comes again the door of opportunity of entering His kingdom, the church, will be forever shut, even as the door of the ark was shut by God when the floods began to fall.
Conclusion: The gospel of Christ is final to all men, today and forever. May we hearken unto it now before it is everlasting too late. “Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, Today if you shall hear his voice, Harden not your hearts . . .” (Heb. 3:7-8). It’s now or never!