Two Things We Can Count On

July 2016: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Life is full of uncertainty; we can’t foresee what challenges or blessings await us. But according to Hebrews 9:27, we can all be sure of two things: “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”

With the exception of believers living at the moment of rapture (1 Cor. 15:50-53), every human being has an appointment with death. Likewise, each person will also stand before the Judge. However, the purpose of judgment and the resulting destination will be very different for Christ-followers and nonbelievers.

The good news is we can choose which judgment we’ll experience.

All who trusted in Jesus will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be recompensed for what they’ve done (2 Corinthians 5:10). Since their sins are forgiven and their eternal destiny in heaven is secure, this judgment is to reward, not punish. But all who rejected Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf will find themselves at the Great White Throne Judgment, where their deeds will irreversibly seal their destiny in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

The good news is that during our lifetime, we can choose which judgment we’ll experience. If we believe Jesus is the Son of God—who died for our sins and rose again—we have an inheritance reserved in heaven (1 Peter 1:4).

If you have not yet made this decision, don’t delay. There’s no way to know how many days or years of your earthly life remain. But by choosing to follow Jesus, there is actually a third thing you can be sure of—that you will spend eternity in His presence.

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27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

10 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.

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

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