If you have ever heard a sermon preached on eternal life, then you probably heard it taught that only those who trust in Jesus have eternal life. Have you ever thought, based on the scriptures that this teaching is only partially right?
We place our trust in Jesus, and stop trusting in ourselves in order that we may receive eternal life. Only the finished work of Christ on the cross allows us to live with God in eternity. Did you notice the wording; Christ’s work allows us to live with God in eternity? That is a very important distinction that I will come back to shortly. We allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives…we grant Him control and we follow His direction. We acknowledge our sins, and through the redemptive work of Jesus we can be forgiven. Then we must repent of those sins, meaning that we do not commit them anymore, and we are truly sorry for what we have done wrong.
We of ourselves can do absolutely nothing to obtain eternal life…or can we? Is there anything we can do to obtain any form of eternal life? What do you think about this?
If we who trust in the Lord have eternal life with Him, (and we do) what happens to those who do not trust in the Lord? Do these people just pass out of existence? Knowing the answer to these questions is pretty important.
Lets say that you do not believe in God. You as an unbeliever will also have eternal life. Yes you read that right; unbelievers will have eternal life as well as Believers. Maybe eternal life is the wrong term, how about eternal existence? Remember that before I stated that those who are safely hidden in Christ would have life everlasting with God. Those who do not believe will also have life everlasting, it just will not be very pleasant. It will be an eternal existence without God. Can I support these views? Yes I can…
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
Notice the text says those who reject the Son will not see life, but it also says God’s wrath will remain on them. It does not say that God’s wrath will remain for a while, it says remains…meaning without ending.
Matthew 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The context here is the time of judgment before the throne of Christ. He will separate the sheep from the goats; trust me on this…you want to be one of the sheep.
Mathew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Eternal fire, I think that is pretty clear, don’t you?
Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The devil is of course Satan, and it is worth noting that the false prophet is human…and they will be tormented forever.
Revelation 20:14-15 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the same thing as the lake of burning sulfur. Note that even death and Hades are thrown in the lake of fire. Then all unbelievers are also thrown in the lake of fire.
Jude 1:13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Another aspect of hell…
We have eternal life, those of us who trust in Christ and have made Him Lord of our lives and serve Him. Those who do not serve Him have a pretty grim future. Do we not as Believers have an obligation to teach this truth? People may not want to hear it, but that does not make it any less true. People need to know the consequences of their decisions.
If you choose not to follow Christ, you are choosing to place yourself into a very unpleasant eternal existence.
Some will say that they will just die, yes you will die, and then be resurrected to an eternity of punishment. Some will also say that they will at least have company, no actually you will not. The lake of fire is not going to be a social club; it is going to be a very unpleasant place of punishment…forever. You will be alone in the dark…suffering. These are not my words, but the bibles.
Accept Christ; receive peace now, and eternal life with God. The sheep have a Shepherd…the goats do not.