In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 27, 2008 – Eternal Life or Death – John 3:35-36
The idea of living forever has great appeal, especially if there is a guarantee of joy, health, and security. Revelation 21:4 presents such a picture of the believer’s condition after death. Because everyone’s spirit will exist in one of two places after this present life, where we spend eternity is an important consideration.
Heaven, God’s dwelling place, is open to everyone whose sins have been forgiven through the atoning work of Jesus. At salvation, God credits Christ’s righteousness to our “account” and adopts us into His family. His home becomes ours. Jesus Himself said He was going to prepare a place in heaven for all who believe in Him (John 14:2).
However, if we refuse God’s invitation to have a relationship with Him through His Son, we remain in our sinful state and will be separated from Him forever. Holy God won’t allow sinful man into His presence or His heavenly home. Instead, those who reject Christ will go to a place of suffering and torment, permanently isolated from God and His goodness. This state is called eternal death.
Many people are ignoring this crucial subject. Young people as well as men and women in their middle or later years often dislike the topic of dying and prefer not to think about eternity. However, to be with God in heaven requires faith in Jesus.
A non-decision is really a decision—and an unwise one at that. By doing nothing, people face everlasting separation from God. Let these truths about eternal life and death fuel your prayers and actions.
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