What Happens After Death?

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In answer to your question, people who believe in Jesus Christ,

in His provision for our salvation go to heaven to be with God

and unbelievers are condemned to eternal punishment. 

John 3:36 says, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,

but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him,"



When you die your soul and spirit leave your body. 

Genesis 35:18 shows us this when it tells of Rachel dying, saying,

"as her soul was departing (for she died)." 

When the body dies, the soul and spirit depart but they don't cease to exist.

 It is very clear in Matthew 25:46 what occurs after death, when, in speaking of the unrighteous,

 it says, "these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous unto eternal life."



    Paul, when teaching believers, said that the moment we are

"absent from the body we are present with the Lord" (I Corinthians 5:8).

 When Jesus was risen from the dead, He went to be with God the Father (John 20:17).

 When He promises the same life for us, we know that it will be and that we will be with Him.



    In Luke 16:22-31 we see the account of the rich man and Lazarus. 

The righteous poor man was at "Abraham's side"

but the rich man went to Hades and was in agony.

 In verse 26 we see that there was a great gulf fixed between them

so that once there the unrighteous man could not pass over to heaven.

In verse 28 it refers to Hades as a place of torment.



    In Romans 3:23 it says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

Ezekiel 18:4 and 20 say, "the soul (and note the use of the word soul for person)

who sins shall die…the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself."

 (Death in this sense in Scripture, as in Revelation 20:10,14&15,

is not physical death but separation from God forever and eternal punishment as seen in Luke 16.

 Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death," and Matthew 10:28 says,

"fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."



    So then, who can possibly enter heaven and be with God forever

since we all are unrighteous sinners. 

How can we be rescued or ransomed from the penalty of death. 

Romans 6:23 also gives the answer. God comes to our rescue, for it says,

"the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

Read I Peter 1:1-9.  Here we have Peter discussing how the believers have received an inheritance

"that can never perish, spoil or fade away – kept forever in heaven" (Verse 4 NIV).

 Peter speaks of how believing in Jesus results in "obtaining

the outcome of the faith, the saving of your soul" (verse 9).  (See also Matthew 26:28.) 

Philippians 2:8&9 tells us that everyone must confess that Jesus, who claimed equality with God,

 is "Lord" and must believe that He died for them (John 3:16; Matthew 27:50).



    Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the Truth and the Life;

no man can come to the Father, except through Me." 

Psalms 2:12 says, "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish in the way."



    Many passages in the New Testament phrase our faith in Jesus as "obeying the truth"

or "obeying the gospel," which means to "believe in the Lord Jesus." 

I Peter 1:22 says, "you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit." 

Ephesians 1:13 says, "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth,

the gospel of your salvation, in Whom also, having believed,

you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise." 

(Read also Romans 10:15 and Hebrews 4:2.)



    The Gospel (meaning good news) is declared in I Corinthians 15:1-3.

It says, "Brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you,

which also you received…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day…" 

Jesus said in Matthew 26:28, "For this is My blood of the new covenant

 which is shed for many for the remission of sins." 

I Peter 2:24 (NASB) says, "He Himself bore our sins in His  own body on the cross ."

  I Timothy 2:6 says, "He gave His life a ransom for all." 

Job 33:24 says, "spare him from going down to the pit,

I have found a ransom for him."  (Read Isaiah 53:5, 6, 8, 10.)



    John 1:12 tells us what we must do, "but as many as received Him to them

 He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name." 

Romans 10:13 says, "Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." 

John 3:16 says whoever believes on Him has "everlasting life."

 John 10:28 says, "I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish."

 In Acts 16:36 the question is asked, "What must I do to be saved?"

 and answered, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

John 20:31 says, "these are written that you might believe that

 Jesus is the Christ and that believing you may have life in His name."



    Scripture shows evidence that the souls of those who believe will be in Heaven with Jesus. 

In Revelation 6:9 and 20:4 the souls of righteous martyrs were seen by John in heaven. 

We also see in Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2 where Jesus took Peter,

James and John and led them up a high mountain where Jesus was transfigured

before them and Moses and Elijah appeared to them and they were talking with Jesus. 

They were more than just spirits, for the disciples recognized them and they were alive.

 In Philippians 1:20-25 Paul writes, "to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better." 

Hebrews 12:22 speaks of heaven when it says, "you have come to Mount Zion

and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to myriads of angels,

to the general assembly and the church (the name given to all believers)

 of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."

    Ephesians 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."


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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


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