What God Says about Eternity and Our Future
Perhaps you, like many, have heard different and even conflicting things about what happens after a person passes away. Perhaps even, you have heard people speak of end times or troubling events to come and you wonder what would be your place in all of that. It is hard to determine from listening to people what is true and what is not. Where can a person turn to know the truth? The Bible, God's Holy Word, gives us the answers for these tough questions and much more. What does God tell us about eternity and what will happen to us and our families in the future? God offers us hope and the promise of the gift of salvation to all mankind.
1. The Bible teaches, and indeed our own conscience testifies, that we have all committed sin. There is not one person on this earth that can say truthfully that they have never done anything wrong.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
2. Your sin carries the penalty of eternal separation from God. The Bible uses the term "death" to describe the forever separation a person will experience from God if that person dies in a sinful state, not accepting the free gift of salvation.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
3. You cannot save yourself. Some teach that you can lift yourself out of your own sinful state by some work or payment, but the Bible clearly teaches the exact opposite: that there is nothing you can do by any kind of work to offer your own salvation.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
4. But thankfully, you do not have to try to save yourself. God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty of your sins. That one time payment is offered freely to all mankind. God offers this not because of anything that anyone has done to deserve such a gift but because He loves you, no matter who you are or what you have done.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
5. You can ask Christ to save you today! Place your faith and trust in Him and what He has done.
“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.“
6. Once Christ saves you, no one can take that away. You can never lose this salvation because God gave it. No one can rob you of this, and neither can you rob yourself of it.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”
7. Because the gift of salvation comes from God, it is a good and perfect gift that is eternal. Because with God there is "no variableness" (no changing) and no "shadow of turning" (no degrading or breaking down), His salvation that He has gifted to us is everlasting throughout eternity.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
8. Jesus has promised the saved that we will be able to spend eternity in our Heavenly home with Him. If you accept Christ as your Savior, He has a place prepared for you.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
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