His heart pounded, his lips quivered, decay crept into his bones, and his legs trembled (Habakkuk 3:16). He was confused, angry, terrified, and desperate for relief. He cried, “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Habakkuk, an Old Testament prophet, experienced a season of trials...
Our lives are eternal and we all face the judgement of God.
…the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:2)
Again, these truths are basic principles of the Word of God. Your life is eternal. There was a time when you were not, but there will never be a time when you will not be. However long you live in this world, it is just a flash of your entire life.
Here is the ultimate reality that every one of us must face: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27). And then the writer of Hebrews says a little bit later: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
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People who have no faith in Jesus Christ are sometimes very confident, even defiant, in the face of death. But the problem for the sinner does not lie in the event of death itself. It lies in the resurrection.
The real problem lies in the fact that the sinner will be brought into the presence of the living God, and held accountable for every word, and thought, and deed. The real problem is the awful reality of facing justice as a sinner, and of that judgment stretching on into eternity — an eternal judgment with no end. Death can’t hide you from this God.
There will only be one hope for any of us on that day, and that is, that Jesus Christ will stand beside us and claim us as his own, that he will say of you, “She is one of mine. I died for her sins. All that eternal justice could ever bring to her fell on me. I bore it on her behalf and dealt with it forever on the cross.”
The resurrection of the dead and the eternal judgment is a basic principle of the Word of God. If this foundation is laid in your life, if this basic principle is settled in your mind and heart — that death will not be the end for you, that there is a judgment, that it is eternal and you cannot avoid it, that you will be in the presence of infinite holiness — then you will come to Jesus and your faith in him will be a faith that lasts.