J2 – Judgment at DEATH (Where will you go?)
Judgment at Death
The judgment that determines a person’s eternal destination is, without question, the most significant judgment for each of us. The Judgment at Death is that judgment.
The Judgement of Actions and Consequences could be considered a law (like the law of gravity). It condemns all who commit sin to die a physical death (Romans 5:12). But the Judgment at Death is the point where the consequences of an individual’s sins are dealt with. It is the event where a person is either allowed entry into heaven, or condemned to hell.
So, how good must I be to enter heaven?
Question: From the list below, pick the person(s) from the Bible who, because of their personal righteousness, God allowed into heaven:
- Saint Paul
- Apostle John
- King David
- ___(fill in the blank)____
- None of above
Although there are some theologians who exempt some of the saints of the Old Testament, the answer still is (e) None of the above. Mankind as a group – and as individuals – has universally failed to meet God’s standard for righteousness.
Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
No one can claim righteousness before God as a result of having kept the law. Romans 3:20, “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”
Heb 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
How Do We Die?
Physical death occurs when God the Father withdraws the spirit of life – our body will die (Ecclesiastes 12:6,7). He alone gives life and only He can withdraw it. This occurs for all mankind, regardless of their standing before God (guilty or innocent). To better understand this concept, read our article on “Where do we go at death?”
Spiritual death is the eternal separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9). God is the Source and Giver of life and to be separated from Him is the ultimate death. Further, the same act of separation is also a condemnation to the lake of fire. (Rev 20:11-15)
Before we move to the next judgment, we will do a more complete study of the “why” of death. For that, we have a series of articles about the “Rules of Death.”
Is there any hope?
YES! Although it is assured that everyone must die a physical death (Hebrews 9:27), we can be spared spiritual death (separation from God). As a result of Christ Jesus’ death on the cross, there is now a path to forgiveness and to a new righteous – and eternal – life (John 3:16). It is the GRACE of Almighty God!
Jesus paid the penalty for sin by offering His perfect blood as the atonement for our sins (Romans 3:25 and 1 John 2:2). And if we accept His grace, God – in great mercy – forgives all our sins and views us as justified (innocent). When our sins are forgiven, we become sons and daughters of God (John 1:12). No longer under the condemnation of sin (Romans 8:1), we can now receive eternal life (1 John 5:13) with Christ our Savior (see Note1, my sins are gone).
In order to receive this amazing gift of grace, one only needs to confess with his/her mouth that Jesus is (my) Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. If you do that sincerely, then you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
What is The Requirement to go to Heaven?
The Judgment at Death is where the Judge (God) will evaluate each person and decide their fate. When we stand before Him, what will God be looking for? There are deep theological considerations but the simple answer is that a person’s eternal destination hinges upon a simple question: “Are all your sins under the blood that was sacrificed by Jesus on the cross?” If the answer is “YES” then you are ushered into eternal life. If the answer is “NO” then you are condemned (Matthew 25:46).
Make your decision to accept God’s amazing grace TODAY!
Pray this Prayer and Mean it with all Your Heart:
Heavenly Father, Almighty God, I realize that I am a sinner and have broken your laws. I understand that my sin has separated me from you. I am sorry and I ask you to forgive me. I accept the fact that your only Son, Jesus Christ, died for me, was resurrected, and is alive today and hears my prayers. I now open my heart’s door and invite Jesus in to become my Lord and my Saviour. I give Him control and ask that He would rule and reign in my heart so that His perfect will would be accomplished in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
For a more complete explanation, visit the “What Must I Do To Be Saved” website.
The next article in the series on Judgments is “Judgment at RAPTURE”.
Note1, My sins are gone. To learn more about the permanent nature of our forgiveness, visit our article on The Sea of Forgetfulness here.