Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

06 – Where will you go when you die?

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This is a series on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the faith that I have that Jesus Christ is my Saviour, please check out the main “gospel” section here. These pages are meant as a basic introduction to the Christian faith.

In part one we saw the perfect world that God created, in part two we saw the fall of man and the separation of God and man. In part three we saw that God allows man to atone for sin, but that solution was only temporary. God planned to reconcile man to God by sending the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ. In part four we saw that God send his son to be the atonement for man’s sin and in part five we saw Jesus completing his mission by coming to earth, dying on a cross for our sins and then rising from the dead.

This last part of our “gospel series” ties up the previous five pages and talks about what the point of this is. It asks the question “Where will you go when you die?”

Being a Christian I believe that there is a literal hell and a literal heaven. In our fleeting glance here that we call our lives, we have the ability and free will to choose our eternal destination. God allows us the same choice as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they can choose to obey God or not.

No neutrality

Here is the deal, this is a battle, there is no “neutral zone” if you choose to do nothing you are still making a choice. Jesus said in John 14:6 that “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (KJV). As stated on previous pages, the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.

But I am a “good person”

That is awesome, however we read in the Epistle to the Roman church chapter 3 verse 23 that “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (KJV) You may be good at keeping the 10 commandments and all of the rules you have chosen to keep, however Jesus keeps it real by stating in Matthew chapter 5 the following:

Matthew 5:21 (KJV) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

and also

Matthew 5:27 (KJV) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Still think you are a “good person?”

You don’t have to be condemned

When Paul and Silas were preaching the word of the LORD in Acts chapter 16 in the region of Philippi, they were jailed. Read on to see the conversion of the Philippian jailer.

Acts 16:23 (KJV) And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24. Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

The two paths

Jesus talks about the two ways you can spend your eternity in Matthew 7″

Matthew 7:13 (KJV) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

That “narrow way” Jesus speaks of is the way to heaven. God sets out his plan of redemptive salvation for the world in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

What do I get out of this?

I am not a paid minister of religion. My desire is to see you in heaven, to enter a daily relationship with my redeemer Jesus Christ, to go make disciples yourself and what I get out of this is a fulfillment of what God has told me to do with my life. To spread his good news to anyone who will listen. (Or read in this case)

If you have any questions then please correspond with me.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
TTE
TGBTG
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