Jim Denison on What Happens When We Die?

Unless Jesus returns first, we will all die.

Most of us have lost someone we loved to death. So, we all want to know what happens when we die.

Let’s look at what God’s word says, and then see how it relates to our lives.

What God says about death

1. We will all die, unless Jesus returns first.

Hebrews 9:27 says, “People are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”  Death comes for us all.

Psalm 49:10: “All can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.” Neither wisdom nor wealth can prevent it.

James 4:14: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” This is true of us all.

2. We die so we can live eternally.

People often wonder why death exists. If God were all-loving, he’d want to destroy death, we assume. If he were all-powerful, he could. But he doesn’t.

Why not?

Because of sin.

The thief said, “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve” (Luke 23:41). The Bible agrees.

Romans 5:12 says, “Sin entered the world through man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” This wasn’t God’s intention. He created a perfect world, with eternal life with him.

But when sin entered, death stayed. Death exists not because God doesn’t love us or isn’t powerful, but because of sin.

Now, God had a choice.

We could live forever in these fallen, sinful bodies and world, or we could step through death into eternity in paradise. God’s word is clear: “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:50). And so physical death frees us to live forever in glorified bodies, with God in his heaven.

Then, one day, death will be destroyed forever. Revelation 20:14 says, “Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 21:4 is clear: “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

3. Death is eternal punishment for nonbelievers.

Revelation 20:15 says, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” In Luke 16, Jesus described hell as eternal torment. This is eternal separation from God. None of us wants this.

This is why it’s so important to do what the thief did: to choose Jesus today. And to tell those you know tomorrow. So be ready now. The Lord said to King Hezekiah, “Put your house in order, because you are going to die” (2 Kings 20:1).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison

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