A Matter of Faith: Judge or Saviour?


(8/19/2019)

From: Bob Williams
Winona

Everyone understands that all die, and as Hebrews 9:27 states, “it is appointed unto men once to die, then the judgment.” Whether you are a skeptic, an atheist, religious or spiritual, everyone will also meet God, the best and the worst of us. The question is, will you meet Him as Judge or as Saviour?

We tend to judge each other by our own standards yet God judges us according to the much higher standard of His perfection, thus declared in Romans 3:23 that “all sin and come short of the glory of God.” While Romans 6:23 tells us “the wages of sin is death” God provides the solution: “the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” God “gifts” everyone the opportunity to trust in Christ’s atoning death on His cross and meet Him as Saviour after death.

Ephesians 1:13-14 declares how this happens: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance ...”

Immediately upon believing, the Holy Spirit encapsulates believers’ souls then delivers them directly to Jesus at death. All we have to do is trust in Christ. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “... to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” This is another immediate transaction; believers close their eyes at death on earth then open them in the presence of the Lord.

The Lord Jesus Christ put it this way in Luke 16:19-31 regarding the beggar and the rich man: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man died and was buried; and in Hell ...” Many treat this passage as a parable, which it is not, for it teaches that at death you immediately go either to Heaven or Hell. The decision each person makes whether to trust in Christ as Saviour or trust in themselves, or anything other than Christ, determines their eternal destiny. When Jesus spoke these words, paradise and torments were separate compartments of hell in the earth. Abraham’s bosom was the paradise side with the other side being that of torments. At Christ’s resurrection, paradise was relocated to Heaven, whereas Hell remains in the earth.

You might ask, “Why do you and others continually write this stuff?” The answer is simply phrased as a question: Whom do you want to see spend eternity in Hell if you can show them there is a better choice? Your spouse, kids, grandchildren, parents, neighbors? The choice is yours; make it while you can.

 

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