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Life After Death
The opinions of man are many concerning
life after death. Some say death is annihilation (man ceases to exist).
Some say death is just a stepping stone into reincarnation: Man continues
his existence in a different time period and possibly a different life
form. Others say, skeptically, "we can't be sure of anything after
death. Any attempt to explain man's destiny beyond the grave is mere
speculation." Still others insist that there is a bright hope for
every person that dies. All will inherit Heaven as their eternal
destiny. Is there any hope of knowing the certainty of eternity?
The God who created this world has revealed to us the certain and absolute
truths of what man will face beyond the grave in His holy infallible Word!
General Facts about Our Death
1) Every man has an appointment
with death and with judgment. "… it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
2) Every man dies because
of indwelling sin. "… the wages of sin is death…" (Romans 6:23).
3) At death a man's body goes
back to dust to await resurrection. "… unto dust shalt thou return"
4) At death a Christian's
soul and spirit go immediately to be with Christ. "… to be absent
from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2Cor. 5:8).
5) At death those who have
rejected Christ go immediately to Hades to await final resurrection and
judgment. "… in hell [Hades] he lift up his eyes, being in torments,…"
(Luke 16:23). "… hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged …" (Revelation 20:13).
6) Death will be cast into
the lake of fire. "… Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire"
General Facts about Our Resurrection
Listen to the words of our Lord Jesus
Christ: "... the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall
hear his voice, and shall come forth: they that have been good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection
of damnation" (John 5:28,29). Note first of all that all men will
live eternally and secondly that all men will be resurrected -- either
to life or damnation.
The Eternal Condition of Those
Who Reject Christ
The Bible reveals that what a person
believes about Jesus Christ determines his eternal destiny. "… whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life…" (John 3;15).
"… whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
(John 3:16). "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18). "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). Rejecting
Christ results in the following consequences.
1) Conscious torment and intense
desire for relief. "… In hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
… 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" (Luke 16:23,24).
2) Conscious memory of past
life and opportunities to live for Christ. "… Remember that thou
in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:
but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented" (Luke 16:25).
3) The realization of no second
opportunity for salvation after death. " 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…" (Luke 16:26).
4) A great longing to warn loved
ones to believe on Christ so they don't have to face the same judgment.
"…I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's
house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they
also come into this place of torment" (Luke 16:27-28).
5) A resurrection of the body unto
condemnation. "…Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the
which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth;
… and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation"
6) A judgment of works to
determine the degree of condemnation (see Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 2:5-6;
6) Eternal separation from God in
the lake of fire which is called the second death. "And death and
hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake
of fire" (Revelation 20:14-15).
The Eternal Condition of Those
Who Believe on Christ
1) Immediately upon death they go
to be with Christ for all eternity. "For to me to … die is gain….having
a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better" (Phil.
2) At Christ's second coming
the marriage of believers will be consummated in the marriage supper of
the lamb (see Revelation 19:7-10). Christ will dress his bride in
white, pure and spotless from all sin (see Revelation 19:8; Ephesians 5:25-27).
3) At Christ's second coming,
the believer's soul and spirit will be reunited with a glorified body like
that of Christ (See 1Cor. 15:51-57; 1Thess. 4:13-18; 1John 3:1-3).
4) At Christ's second coming
believer's works will be judged to determine their rewards and service
in the new heaven and new earth (see 1Cor. 3:12-17; 2Cor. 5:10; 2Timothy
5) All tears, death, pain, and sorrow
will be forever removed from their experience and they will live in the
eternal joy and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Well done, thou
good and faithful servant: … enter thou into the joy of thy lord" (Matt.
25:21). "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).
6) They will co-reign and
rule with Christ over all of God's creation, even over Angels (see 1Cor.
6:1-3; 2Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 1:19-21; Revelation 2:26; 3:21).
"Knowing therefore the terror of
the Lord, we persuade man..." (2Cor. 5:11). Will you trust the Lord
Jesus Christ as your personal savior? If you believe on Christ, you
will not be condemned, but if you refuse Christ, you are condemned already
and face an eternal judgment of everlasting torment (John 3:18).
"Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of
the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2Thess. 1:9). Why not
trust Him today? "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life" (John 3:16).
God's way of Salvation
The question of being right with God
is not "Am I living a good enough life?" Nor is it the statement "I'm doing
the best I can". Salvation is not gained by what WE do for God, rather
it is a free gift based on the FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ! (Eph. 2:8,9)
Religion is MAN'S effort to please God. Becoming a Christian is believing
that GOD has already done all that needs to be done for me to be saved.
Many religious people on judgment day will discover to their utter despair
that "religion" will not allow them into the presence of God in heaven
The vital question is "Are your
sins forgiven?" All men are sinners by NATURE and by action. (Rom. 3:23;
5:12; Eph. 2:1-3) We don't become sinners when we sin; we sin because we
ARE sinners. Our very NATURE towards God is corrupt (Isa. 53:6; Rom. 9:10-
1 3). Because we are sinners we experience death (Rom. 6:23). Death is
not only physical (separation of the soul from the body), but also spiritual
(separation of the soul eternally from God) (2Cor. 5; Gen. 3). Man's only
hope of being reconciled to God is through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ
(2Cor. 5:17-19). Through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection He paid
the penalty for man's sin and freed believers from the bondage and condemnation
of sin (1Cor. 15:1-7; 1Pet. 2:24). Forgiveness is possible through His
shed blood (I Peter 1:18,19) by TOTALLY trusting Jesus as your Savior,
as your ONLY hope of being made right with God; you can be saved from the
condemnation you justly deserved. "But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on his name (John 1:12). "…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved…" (Acts 16:31).