God’s Promise: Do You Know Where You’ll Spend Eternity?
By Bob Knopf
Most folks aren’t completely sure about where they will spend eternity, or even if this life we
have on planet earth is all that there is. The good news is that each of us is guaranteed to an afterlife for all eternity.
The bad news is that most will spend their afterlife in what the Bible calls the Lake of Fire.
Here’s the truth. God created
all humankind about 6,000 years ago. However, mankind didn’t obey God’s laws, and so all of humankind, including
you and I were doomed to death for eternity.
However, God gives us a way out. About 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born supernaturally as the Son
of God and the Son of Man, through the virgin Mary. Christ’s life is documented in both the Bible and in the historical
records. We know historically and biblically that Jesus Christ lived and foretold of things to come. He died on the cross.
His death on the cross wasn’t
an accident, it wasn’t a tragedy. It was foretold thousands of years before because it was God’s plan by which
you and I as imperfect people can develop a relationship with the God who created the universe, a perfect God, who can’t
look upon sin.
Just like how someone
might bail us out of jail, Christ paid our penalty for all the wrongdoings of our life, and He did it as a free gift. Everyone
who acknowledge Him as Lord and allows Him to direct their lives, receive His grace. Sadly many believe that since God is good and forgiving, that He’ll ignore our sins. This
Just like how a courtroom judge to be fair and honest must rule according to the law, Christ
must deliver the appropriate penalty for breaking God’s laws. All who haven’t turned to Christ and asked Him for
forgiveness will be found guilty of breaking God’s laws and sentenced accordingly. In this case, the penalty is eternity
in hell or more accurately, the Lake of Fire.
The truth is that no-one is perfect by God’s perfect standards. Each one of us has told a lie,
or stolen some small thing, or used God’s name in vain, so we have all done wrongly at one time or another. There are
no exceptions. The good news is that no matter how awful our lives have been, we can be instantly forgiven by simply praying
to Jesus Christ. If you haven’t asked for forgiveness from Christ, do it today.
As we look out our window at the events
in the world, the Bible tells us that time is short. In today’s troubled world, the most important
thing we need to do is to turn to Jesus Christ and ask Him to be our personal Lord and Savior. Sadly, because of political
correctness, many people like to say that all religions pray to the same god, but that’s absolutely not true.
The Bible clearly tells us there
is only one way (one pathway) to heaven. It’s not by going to church, or attending a Bible study, or being nice to our
neighbors (although all of these are things we ought to do). The only way to heaven is through a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ. If not, when we die, we will face the judgment of God and eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire. Those who know
Jesus Christ are guaranteed a place in heaven with God Himself.
Please make the commitment today, right now, to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. Pray
to Him from your heart to forgive your sins. Pray to Him to become the Lord of your life and to guide and direct your
future actions. Your life will never be the same.
If you are already a believer and you know someone who isn’t saved, talk to them today
about God’s Salvation Promise. By all indications, time is short. The Rapture or the taking of God’s Church to
heaven, which is the next occurring event in biblical history, could happen at any moment.