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The Quest for Answers - Week of Jan. 6

  • 2014 Jan 06
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Does God give anyone a chance to believe after death?

Verse: Luke 16:19-31

The unrepeatable reality of physical death leads directly to reaping what we sowed in this world. Jesus taught that in this parable of the rich man and Lazarus as well as when he spoke of dying in one’s sins as something dreadful (see John 8:21-23). Similarly, Paul taught that on judgment day, all will receive a destiny corresponding to their works (see Romans 2:5-162 Corinthians 5:10 ; Galatians 6:7-8). New Testament teaching is unified in viewing the dead and final judgment this way.

Scripture says nothing of God’s grace triggering postmortem conversions. Thus we may infer that an unbeliever’s lack of desire for Christ before the grave remains unchanged after the grave. God’s offer of salvation does not appear to extend beyond death.

This devotion is from The Quest Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.

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