A Personal Note from Pastor's Pen - Questions

When we think about the world’s most asked questions, we think about ones like “What is for dinner?” or “Dad, where’s mom?” These questions and many more might be ones you hear often, if not daily. However, I believe one of the most pondered question is not one found on our lips, but on our heart. One you may have considered recently. That question that lies deep within us is, What Happens After Death? Since no man is an expert on this subject, we must totally rely on God. First, God’s word tells us that for the follower of Jesus Christ, after death the believers’ soul is taken to heaven because their sin debt was forgiven when they received Christ as Savior. While their body goes into the ground, their soul goes to Christ. II Cor 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. What a wonderful time of rejoicing and rest it is for those who have placed their faith in Jesus to be home in heaven. God’s Word then tells us in the Resurrection when Christ returns, our bodies will raise from the ground, meet our soul in the sky, and from that point forward in eternity we will have a glorified body.

I Cor 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. This reunited and glorified      body-soul-spirit will be the possession of believers for eternity in the new heavens and new earth. However, what happens after death is much different for those who have rejected Jesus as their Savior. After the death of an unbeliever, everlasting punishment begins. Luke 16 describes a lost man being tormented immediately after his death. Although his body was in the grave, this man had natural feelings such as intense thirst, burning, and memory. This place of eternal torments is referred to as Hell, which will one day be cast into the Lake of Fire. Before this happens, every knee will bow and  every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. You see, for every person there are but two options, Heaven or Hell. Ultimately we will all confess  Jesus as Lord, but if you do it in this life, you will have Eternal Joy. My prayer today is that you know Jesus as your Savior! If you have questions concerning this, please allow me to guide you in the Bible.

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