What happens next? - Bible Studies for Life for July 8, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
July 8, 2018
None of us is promised tomorrow or even the next hour or the next minute. Your job could easily be eliminated tomorrow; and your retirement, lost. There is nothing promised, and that can lead to great worry and anxiety for some people. However, the hope and encouragement offered in Scripture can replace worry with hope.
The end of the Bible does not leave the reader hanging, waiting for part two or hoping for a different outcome. The end of Scripture is the promise of the great culmination of time when all believers will meet Jesus face-to-face, when we will go to the prepared place that Jesus promised the disciples in John 14.
In Revelation 21:1-3, John recorded the beautiful scene of the new heavens and the new earth descending on the old, as a bride prepared for her groom. When, in God’s perfect time, He decides it is finished, we will live in the perfect presence of God. This place will be perfect and the people (Christians) who inhabit it will be perfect. There will be no more cancer, no more hunger, no more pain, but all things will be made perfect. We will be in the presence of God as intended before the fall.
Our eternity is based on overcoming death, not on our own accord, but by the death and resurrection of the Lamb. Our sins are forgiven, and our place in heaven is secured because of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus. Eternity is based on a relationship with the Lamb. Heaven, as an evangelist once said, is a “prepared place, for prepared people.” That means that all who have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior will enjoy eternity with God.
Unlike the sinners listed in Revelation 21:8, believers do not experience a second death. Death has no sting. Death becomes the narrow gate that leads to eternity and perfection.