by John E. Werhan
Are we prepared for the end of the world? If Jesus were to return today would we be ready? Where would we end up if we died today? Reader, would we spend an eternity in Abraham’s bosom or in torment (Luke 16:19-31)?
These questions should be on the minds of every person in this world. It is a reality that either we will face the returning Messiah or we will die and make the transition from this realm into the next.
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27).
The key is where we want to spend eternity. This is a personal choice that each and every person must make for themselves. There are only two choices: heaven or the abyss.
Are we prepared to live eternally with our choice?
Individuals who choose to spend eternity in the heavenly abode with our Lord must accept God’s grace. It is the offer of salvation through the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross (John 3:16; Romans 5:8-9).
God has prepared a way for the sinner to receive forgiveness of their sins and that is through the blood of Jesus (Colossians 1:13-14; Hebrews 9:22). It is imperative that we seek God’s way of salvation from his inspired word (Romans 10:17; Matthew 7:24-25).
This knowledge from God’s word should lead the individual to not only a belief in the Lord but in an active faith (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:30-31). From our faith there should come the desire to change our life (repentance) and to conform it to God’s will (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
This change should lead us to the declaration (confession) that Jesus is the LORD of their lives (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10). From this we must come in contact with the saving blood of Jesus by being baptized for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
But it does not end there. We have the imperative that we live a faithful life to God (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22; 1 Corinthians 15:58). It is there that we will spend an eternity in the heavenly abode (Revelation 22:14).
Those who chose to spend eternity with Satan and his minions in the abyss are those who reject God’s way of salvation.
The apostle Paul gives several listings of activities chosen by those who desire to spend eternity away from God (Galatians 5:19-21).
Sadly, some people have been tricked into believing they are living God’s way.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23).
The answer to the question can only be answered on an individual basis. Where do we want to spend eternity? The choice is ours.
When we stand before the judgment seat of God will we be pleased with our choice?