This is not a question that many think about very often but yet is the most important question of life here on this earth. One day we will all breathe our last breath in this body but that is not the end. Scripture tells us in Hebrews 9:27 "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment".  For those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ are told in II Cor. 5:8 that when we leave this body in death we will be present with the Lord. 

So, if there is a future judgment and a life after we leave this body how can we know how we would be judged and what kind of life we could expect to live? To understand this we must begin in the beginning. God created man in his own image (Gen. 1:26) and placed him in the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15). Adam was given only one restriction. He was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and was told if he did he would surely die (Gen. 2:17). Well, you know... he ate of that fruit but he did not fall to the ground and physically die at that moment. He died spiritually. He was separated from God. Man was designed to spend an eternity in perfect fellowship with God but Adam rejected God and became cursed by sin. So what does that have to do with you and I? In Gen. 5:3 we are told that Adam had a son, but this son was not born in the image of God as Adam was created, but was born in the image of Adam, and with the same curse of sin. In Romans 5:12 we are told, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Adam's sin nature has passed down to all mankind and the proof of it is that we are all sinners. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). "For the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23) Man is separated from God being guilty of sin. If we leave this body in death without resolving our sin problem we will eternally be separated from God and once judged as so would be cast into eternal punishment. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:15) 

How can we be saved from such an eternity? How can we fix our sin problem? The bad news is that you and I don't have the ability to save ourselves. We are not able to fix our sin problem. Good works can never erase or cover all of the sin we are guilty of. "Knowing that a man is NOT justified by the works of the law" (Gal. 2:16). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us" (Titus 3:5) The good news is that Jesus, the son of God, came to this earth and became flesh (John 1:14) to take our place... to be judged by his Father for our sins, to be punished for our sins, so that the sin debt could be paid and God could offer us forgiveness and salvation. "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 3:24). "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23)

So, how do we receive such a gift? This gift can't be seen. We are not able to unwrap it like a Christmas present, but we are told how it can be received..... BY FAITH... "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." (Rom. 3:28) To have faith is to trust what God says... so what has he told us to believe? What is the hope of our salvation? Rom. 1:16 tells us... "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for IT is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth". The power of God that saves us is in believing the gospel. So, what is the gospel we are to believe? In I Cor. 15:1-4 we are told that our gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The son of God died, was buried and rose again to pay your sin debt in full and to offer you salvation by simply trusting his work on the cross of Calvary as the propitiation (or completely satisfying payment) for your sin debt.  

Put your trust in the gospel today as your ONLY hope of salvation and be forgiven of all your sin (Col. 2:13) and given an eternal home in the heavens (Eph. 2:6) in Christ Jesus!

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