Life After Life
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
It is odd to me that people rarely speak plainly when it comes to talking about the judgement of Christ and what happens afterwards. It seems that some wish to make this event so awesome or so terrifying that the real facts of the matter are obscured. Here, briefly, is what is really going on.
The truth is that you are not mortal… only your body is. What is housed in your body is an eternal spirit (you) along with an eternal soul (also you.) The combination of your spirit and soul is the real you and it cannot die. When your body dies your soul and spirit do not cease to exist but rather you wait in a place called Sheol along with everyone else until the day of judgement. Just before the great judgement you are resurrected, reunited with your body (which is now glorified and made immortal too) and stand before the judgement seat of Christ to be weighed in balances of God. No one escapes this, be they great or small, rich or poor, young or old. At this time you are judged according to the things that you have done, good or evil, during your lifetime. A record of everything you do has been kept and will be reviewed by Jesus to determine your degree of judgement or reward. Then, Jesus will check to see if your name is in the Lamb’s book of life. If your name is found in the book your sins will not be held against you and you will be accepted into heaven for eternity. If your name is not found listed in the Lamb’s book of life you must pay the penalty for your sins and you will be cast into the lake of fire forever.
The lake of fire was created to be a punishment for Lucifer (now called Satan) and the angels that rebelled against God in a time before this creation. Hell is eternal because it was created to punish eternal beings. It was never meant for mankind but if a man chooses to rebel and serve Satan then he will suffer his same fate.
Conversely, the reason it is good to accept Jesus Christ is that you will be welcomed into heaven as a friend. You will live forever with Jesus, His Father God, and the other people who are saved. All the pain and suffering you have experienced in this world will fade from memory like a bad dream. There will be no sickness, no death, and no sorrow. You will experience total love and acceptance for eternity.
What is generally not known is that everyone will be resurrected and receive an immortal body…not only the just. Those who are taken to heaven will live forever in the New Heavens and New Earth and those who are cast into the lake of fire will live forever in eternal torment away from the presence of God. Once you are in either place that is it: your lot has been cast and you will forever with that choice.
There are no second chances, no do-overs, no back doors. After judgement has been rendered there are only two possible outcomes. No one who goes to heaven will ever leave (of course, why would they) and no one who is cast into the lake of fire will ever escape that torment (for it is impossible to do so.) You only have this life to decide your fate and after that you cannot change that decision. If you die without accepting Christ Hell is your only possible future. The choice is entirely yours. Their is no such thing as fate or predestination because God has given all free will men and women to decide to accept or reject His Son Jesus Christ.
Their are some who doubt that people are really cast into a literal lake of fire. I say this is moot point because if these descriptions are not literal it is only because our earthly language lacks the ability to describe their true horror. If it is not a “lake of fire” the reality of that place is actually much much worse…the only problem is we cannot imagine or describe it.
In conclusion, these are the facts of the matter. You can not escape them for they will find you. You only have one life (what is left of it anyway) to accept or reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. All will find that their were no excuses for not accepting the free gift of God (His Son) given by His grace and love to anyone and everyone who will accept Him. Jesus choose to die in your place because He knew it was the only way that you could make heaven your home. He knew it was the only way He could save you from everlasting torment.
Here is a anonymous quote:
“The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future alter your decisions today.”
As long as you are alive the future, good or bad, is not set in stone. It is written,
“For God says, “Your cry came to me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were wide open. I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered.” Right now God is ready to welcome you. Today he is ready to save you.”
2 Corinthians 6:2 (the living bible)
God may know whether or not you will make heaven your home but the decision to go there is strictly your own. If you have read this far then you now know the truth: what you do with it is up to you.