Your time has come, your body has finally given out, and your spirit is on its way to meet your Maker. Forget everything you have read in those life after death books that are in your bookcase, this is the real McCoy, the Real Article, the Genuine Thing. There will be no returning, turning back, or other attempts at life in the fast lane.
You know that you will be held accountable for each and every action in your earthly life. You do not know really what to expect, except you think this is going to be a really tense time.
What can you remember about the time of ‘judgement’? What did you learn from your Bible? Ah yes the Bible, what was that acronym you learned?
BIBLE = Basic Instructions before Leaving Earth.
2 Corinthians 10 told us: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
If like millions of others, you have met Jesus Christ in the pages of the Bible and have been persuaded that He is worthy of your trust, then you do not have to be unsure about what is coming when you die. It is better still if you have met Jesus Christ in your heart (as we were instructed in Romans 10:9) and have confessed with your mouth that He is your Lord and Savior. But still you are worried, after all you have not lived a sinless life!
Those Ten Important Rules for living as a child of God. What were they? Can you still remember them all?
How many of them have you broken? What were you told was the penalty for breaking them? The penalty for breaking even one Commandment is death! Death as in eternal separation from God. The question you should have been asking is, “What then should I have done to secure my eternal salvation?” Everything else fades in the light of such a profound question.
Time for some serious remembrances. The way to find this out is to ask yourself if you have obeyed the Ten Commandments. Most would answer the question, “Well, I’ve broken one or two, but nothing too serious, like murder, etc,” but let’s go through them one by one and see how you did.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Was God first in your life? Did you love God above all else? Did you love anything else more in your life than God? Did you love your wife, your husband, your TV soap operas, or even your children more than God? If you answered yes to any of these, you loved the gift more than the Giver, and you are guilty of breaking the First Commandment. Will you be found innocent or guilty on your Day of Judgment of breaking this Commandment? The sentence of transgression of the First Commandment is death!
The Second Commandment is, “You shall not make for yourself any graven image.” This means we should not make any god to suit ourselves either with our hands or our minds. Did you perhaps make a “god” for yourself that didn’t mind if you told a “white” lie or a fib here or there? Is this god the same Holy God that has been revealed to us in Holy Scripture? If you have done this you cannot enter God’s Kingdom.
The Third Commandment is. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Have you ever done this? Have you included it beside a 4-letter word? If you have done this even once you are guilty of breaking the Third Commandment and you cannot enter God’s Kingdom. The sentence of transgression of the Third Commandment is death!
The Fourth Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.” Did you remember to set aside one day and to rest on that day? The sentence of transgression of the Fourth Commandment is death!
The Fifth Commandment is; “Honour your father and your mother.” Did you at all times honour your father and your mother? Did you do anything in your youth that you are not proud of? You may have forgotten these, but God hasn’t! Those who dishonour their father and mother cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
The Sixth Commandment; “You shall not murder.” Jesus told us that if we get angry without cause we are in danger of judgment. If we hate our brother or anyone, God calls us a murderer. Your attitude or intent could have violated this Law. The sentence of transgression of the Sixth Commandment is death!
The Seventh Commandment; “You shall not commit adultery.” Who of us can say that we are pure of heart? Jesus warned, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old-time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28 . The sentence of transgression of the Seventh Commandment is death!
The Eighth Commandment; “You shall not steal.” Did you ever, even once take something that belonged to someone else? If so, you ARE a thief. And you cannot enter God’s Kingdom. The sentence of transgression of the Eighth Commandment is death!
The Ninth Commandment; “You shall not bear false witness.” Did you ever (even) just one time tell a lie? If so. You are a liar! Liars cannot enter God’s Kingdom. The sentence of transgression of the Ninth Commandment is death!
The Tenth Commandment is “You shall not covet”. Did you ever even once in your life desire anything at all that belonged to another person? Those who covet cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The sentence of transgression of the Tenth Commandment is death!
GULP! You now can see how hopeless your case is before an all-good God.
Perhaps you think that God is good so that He will overlook your crimes against His own Law? God is also Just. So in order to be truly good, God has to punish liars, thieves and murderers, etc. If He does this He also has to punish anyone who broke the Law even one time.
The punishment for breaking even one of God’s laws is death. By death I mean eternal damnation in Hell. Eternal separation from God. Never to be able to even glimpse at an all-holy God.
He told you this via Jesus, the Prophets, Scripture, and the Apostles. Isn’t it true that when you broke one of God’s Laws, you did it with free will? You had the choice to do it or not. Shouldn’t God be angry at your sin against Him? After all, God does not have double standards.
It all seems pretty hopeless doesn’t it? You can’t win! And you deserve what is coming to you! (source)
You deserve what is coming to you – the penalty has to be paid,
after all God is a just God.
Your fate is sealed then!
But wait just one moment here. You are standing naked before the judgement seat of God, nowhere to hide, and nothing to hide behind. Hanging your head in shame may make you feel better, but will it persuade God – the Eternal Judge that you should not be thrown into everlasting hell fire?
What did your Bible teach you? Remember John 3:16?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. – NASV
The penalty has to be paid. But God Himself already paid the price in full for you. He fulfilled the requirements of Eternal Law in your case.
It was no small price for God to pay. The only way a just God could pay for it was to pay it Himself. His only sinless Son (the 2nd Person in the Trinity) paid this price for us. Jesus, God Himself, willingly died in our places, and took our sins upon Himself.
It was no small thing for Jesus to die for us. The only thing that would satisfy the demands of Eternal Law was the suffering and death of the sinless Son of God. What love God must have for us! He suffered an agonizing death, so that you wouldn’t have to be punished for your sins. His sacrificial death and resurrection means that you need no longer be in debt to the Law; and God can now grant you everlasting life if you obey Him. Death no longer has a legal hold on those who belong to Jesus Christ.
The mercy of God will ensure that your sins are remitted; you can breathe a spiritual sigh of relief, as you are welcomed into heaven for all eternity.
When I die and stand before the judgement seat, if I am able I will plead for Mercy, for the love of God exceeds all merits.
There are many verses of scripture to hang your spiritual hat on concerning salvation, I love this one:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9 KJV
If we are truly repentant, salvation is assured – we will be welcomed into eternal life. Claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour for safe passage into eternity.
That Dear Friends is the only way I can make it!