“When You Die, 10 Questions”

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Christian Life, Money, Resurrection, Salvation

If you’re like most people, you don’t like to think about death and dying. It’s not a pleasant thought. But “… it is appointed for man to die once, and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This is a general rule which has some exceptions.

Exceptions. We know that there were two men in the Old Testament times who went from this life into the next one without dying. Enoch walked with God and was suddenly taken from this earth to Paradise in the upper Sheol (Genesis 5:24) that was located in the heart of the earth (Luke 16:19-31). Do you know where Paradise is located today (2 Corinthians 12:4; Ephesians 4:8-10)? Elijah the prophet also was taken up into the first heaven in a whirlwind and then went down into the heart of the earth (2 Kings 2:11; John 3:13). These two men provide an illustration of what will happen to a whole generation of Christians who will pass from this current life into a another one without dying (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Timing. Contrary to the erroneous teaching that everyone will someday be raised in a general resurrection at the end of time, there are five distinct resurrections mentioned in Scripture. Ask about them. The Apostles Paul and John were given special revelation (information) from God to share with us. We’re told that Christ rose again bodily from the grave on the third day and was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses over a 40 day period of time before ascending back to heaven in the presence of His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Luke 24:33-43; Acts 1:9-11).  The Scriptures do not teach reincarnation or the ultimate annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Guarantee. Christ’s bodily resurrection guarantees the future resurrection of everyone who has ever been conceived and died. Physical life begins at conception (Psalm 51:3; 139:13). This is why we believe that abortion is murder and a violation of God’s law (Exodus 20:13). Yes, God can forgive the sin of murder and other sins but there will be ongoing emotional scars that will last for a long time. Do you know what the only unforgivable sin today is (John 3:18, 36; 16:9)?

Confused. Some people have the mistaken idea that when they die they will go up to heaven’s pearly gate to be met by Saint Peter who will ask them why he should let them into heaven. They think that if their good works are more in number than their bad works they will get in.  Otherwise they will be sent down to hell. Sadly, salvation has never been based on our good works but rather by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Today we must believe on Christ alone who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Have you done that yet?  If not, why not now?

Questions. Recently I saw on the back of a church bulletin a title that read, “When you die, ten things God won’t ask you. They included some interesting things that people think will make a difference as to whether they get into heaven or not.

Car. God won’t ask you what kind of car you drove.  But if you have one, He may ask you how many people you picked up in your car and brought to church with you. Jesus did a lot of walking with His disciples and even had to borrow the foal of a donkey to ride into Jerusalem one day (Matthew 21:5) to fulfill a prophecy that had been made about Him in the Old Testament (Zechariah 9:9).

House. They tell us that when you buy a house three things are most important: location, location, location. Where you live while you are here on earth or the size of your house doesn’t really matter that much when you think about the place that God is preparing for His bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ). How much do you know about that place? Are you using the house in which you live now to welcome strangers who might be angels in disguise (Hebrews 13:1)? Have you ever thought about inviting your neighbors over for a meal to get acquainted with them and to share with them the Good News concerning Christ? Have you ever had a missionary stay in your home?

Clothes. We who live in the United States probably have more than one shirt and a pair of pants or a dress. Do you suppose that Jesus might ask you on judgment day if you ever helped clothe the needy (Matthew 25:38)? After all, how many suits, dresses, and pairs of shoes do we really need?

Salary. There are many people who have made a lot of money in life who are very miserable. Recently we shared with you the story of some of the richest men of the past who ended up their lives horribly because they didn’t know how to really live. How are you making money? What are you doing with it? How can you invest it so as to receive eternal dividends? Not all religious and charitable organizations are worthy of our support.  Don’t support apostates and heretics.

Friends. You may not have a lot of people whom you can call your personal and close friends. But how many people have you befriended? The Scriptures tells us that if we would have friends, we must show ourselves to be friendly (Proverbs 18:24). My father’s theme song for his radio program that he had in Japan for 35 years was a song that was written by Joseph Scriven. “What a friend we have in Jesus, / All our sins and griefs to bear! / What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! / Oh, what peace we often forfeit, / Oh, what needless pain we bear, / All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!” Are you a friend of God? Would you like to be one?

The End. When all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is our personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. If He’s not your personal Savior, you can’t spend eternity with Him in heaven. Would you like to have assurance of salvation before you die (1 John 5:13)?

Contact. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549. Visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more information. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Id you’ve been helped by reading this, will you share it with someone else?  Together, let’s do our best to reach others with the Good News concerning Jesus.

 

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