Death does not discriminate nor does it show any restraints with saints or sinners; it takes and it takes and it keeps on taking; without giving back. We know that this is the end of the matter for all of us. BUT how we live in this life now will have an implication on where our eternity will be!
Most days when our daughter comes home from school I ask her, “how was your day, did you have a good day?”
To all parents, we are concerned with the dangers found in this world, as we let our children go off into this world; even if it is only going to school. We pray that our children will come home at the end of the day safe-and-sound. We are well aware that some children never get home. God has the same feelings.
My cousin, Thomas Touhey, USA, said, “You are always a blink of an eye or the twitch of a heart away from your life being changed forever. It could be a million dollar lottery or the loss of your most precious loved one. So, act in such a way that no matter what happens, you can rejoice, or know you have nothing to regret.”
We all face death at some point in time. In the twinkling of an eye our life can stop or could I say it can be taken away. At that moment the Bible says we have two destinations depending on what we have chosen in this life. Heaven or Hell!
We need to live the Word of God letting it be our ammunition to fight a good fight.
At a certain time
1 Corinthians 15:52 -58 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (KJV)
- In a moment – an appointed time that we do not know
- In the twinkling of an eye – all of a sudden
- at the last trumpet, – It is an appointed time that will hear if it is too late or not.
- for the trumpet shall sound – a certainty that everyone will hear the last call
- and the dead shall be raised incorruptible – this resurrection into an eternal state
- and – in addition
- we shall be changed – the result of the resurrection is a spiritual being to live in eternity
- Death is swallowed up in victory – is only for the repentant Christian
- The sting of death is sin – the sinners realisation that there is a punishment for sin
- victory through our Lord Jesus Christ – rejoicing of the repentant sinner who has become a saint in this life
- 58 Therefore, – In addition encouragement to stay strong in the Faith in Jesus
If your motivation is to be popular, rich or powerful in the way the world see it then you will most likely compromise many times to get there and end up in hell.
Many may go to church when it suits them and they all want to get to heaven, but when the final trumpet call comes, sadly because some still wanting to live in their sin too, the outcome will be of disappointment. Many want to break the commandments of God. Some may say it’s not a big thing as everyone else is doing it; so it must be OK to do it. Well it’s not! We must all stand before God one day.
The judgement seat of God is not a trial, but a place of receiving a reward or penalty. Life now is the trial.
The judgement from God is not based on the number of people doing any one thing; but on whether it is in accordance with God’s Word. God has written His Word to warn us on what we should not do and what we can do. There is much more about ‘can do’ than ‘cannot do’ in the Bible.
If you want to lie, cheat, steal, hate and commit immorality or simple go against God’s Word; then you are in sin. Don’t wait for God’s judgement in heaven! Do it NOW, by comparing the trend in the world or the Church to the Word of God. Any doubts don’t move.
There is no sliding rule on sin. That means a small sin is the same as a big sin in the penalty by our Holy God. Remember this one thing; there is no right of appeal in heaven; you are going there or not. No middle ground!
If your position is to serve Jesus with a holy and righteous life; then you will have the power, popularity and riches’ that He wants you to have; then compromise is a dirty word.
The danger of compromise
Compromise with the Word of God leads to more compromising and deception, trickery, dishonesty and cheating which are all sinful and after death we either will find ourselves in the eternal presence of God or in an eternal separation.
Revelation 2:12 -17 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: He who has the sharp sword with two edges says these things. 13 I know your works, and where you live, even where Satan’s seat is . And you hold fast My name and have not denied My faith, even in those days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the teachings of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. 15 So you also have those who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent! But if not I will come to you quickly, and will fight with them by the sword of My mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give to him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he who receives it. (MKJV)
The sharp sword with two edges means; to divide, segregate and separate. It can be worded this way, “Sheep to one side and goats to the other”.
Some say that sin is Ok, but WE should not trust anyone with our eternal destination! It is our choice and our freewill at work. Don’t give your eternal rite to your eternal destination to another. If you do you may end up in hell because of some preacher manipulation of the Word of God. Take responsibility! We need to check in the Bible to find if a trend in the world or the Church is OK. If there is any conflict with some Scriptures, Old or New Testament, for me, I would stick to the Scripture and not the trends. If you go with a trend you need to know that it is 100% safe in evidence from Scripture. You would not want to be found testing God by saying that the pastor said it’s OK when it conflicts with Scripture.
Dear saints, check up on the preacher, not based on your feelings, but looking into the Word of God.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (MKJV)
Acts 20:30 Also men shall arise from your own selves, speaking perverse things in order to draw disciples away after them. (MKJV)
1 Timothy 4:1-2 But the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, being seared in their own conscience, (MKJV)
Ephesians 4:13-15 And this until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 so that we no longer may be infants, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, in the dishonesty of men, in cunning craftiness, to the wiles of deceit. 15 But that you, speaking the truth in love, may in all things grow up to Him who is the Head, even Christ; (MKJV)
It is better to stand on the Rock of righteousness and holiness alone, than on the quicksand of compromise with a multitude going to hell.
Ephesians 4:22 For you ought to put off the old man (according to your way of living before) who is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, (MKJV)
Dr. Ian Traill