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Joni August 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

Where are the Christians that have already passed are they not up in Heaven?

Jack Wellman August 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thank you Joni for your question. This is a very good question too. The Bible is absolutely clear that, ultimately, there are only two options for where you go when you die: heaven or hell. The Bible also makes it abundantly clear that you can determine where you go when you die. First, the problem. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). We have all done things that are wrong, evil, or immoral (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Our sin separates us from God, and, if left unresolved, our sin will result in us being eternally separated from God (Matthew 25:46; Romans 6:23a). This eternal separation from God is hell, described in the Bible as an eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:14–15).

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands…. [6] Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord…. [8] We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. When Christians die, we go to be “with the Lord”. Then we are “at home”. Heaven, in the Lord’s presence, is our real home!

Here is a summary of what happens when a Christian dies:

1) The body returns to the dust of the earth it came from.

2) The soul and spirit return to God in heaven.

3) Now absent from the body, we are present with the Lord.

4) We join the company of the “spirits of righteous men made perfect”.

5) And our being with the Lord in heaven is, as Paul said, better by far. And there the faithful who have died await the eventual, glorious day of the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth and the resurrection of and impartation of life to our then-to-be-glorified bodies.

“…And so shall we ever be with the Lord”

DocReits August 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Great article Pastor Jack,

The “Judge not lest you be judged!” is the heckler’s shout at the open air preaching arena. As your examples explained we are to judge those in the household of God:

“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside….”(1 Cor 5:12,13)

My point is that when we declare God’s judgment upon those who are perishing it is just that…. a declaration of God’s Judgment…not ours…it is so important to state that up front to the unbeliever…even though they might try to argue with you. Maybe like this:

“I am not judging you…we are ALL under God’s judgment for breaking His Ten Commandments. This is called sin. I have no right on my own to go to heaven or to have God forgive me and neither do you. God is the One who is judging. God knows that we are ALL guilty. We have no hope on our own when we stand before Him when we die. We have all sinned.

God knew this, yet He did not want us to be separated from Him. His ultimate goal was for us to be with Him forever (Titus 2:14). He loves us. He tells us that He loves you right now even after you have broken His Commandments. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinning against Him, Christ died for us(Rom 5:8).

Christ paid the penalty for our sins, both yours and mine. If we confess our sins, the Bible tells us, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from ALL filthiness(1 Jn 1:9). Confess your sins to God, ask His forgiveness, and trust Christ as your Savior. Believe that God raised Him from the dead and you will have eternal life(Rom 10:9,10).”

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman August 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Doc, my brother, that is simply brilliant. In fact, I am going to copy that and use this most excellent method. What is so refreshing is that you always make me want to grow more and increase in grace and knowledge but for His glory and being His express and passionate desire that none should perish of which should also be our deepest desire too. Love this. Stunningly simply and simply wonderful, biblical methods. I love this method; it takes a man of God with the Word of God with the Spirit of God to make the children of God for the glory of God. Amen? Thanks bro. You’re spot on….love you Doc. My, you really bless my soul.

Carmen N February 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

As usual Pastor Jack, this was a great article. I enjoyed immensely you writing. I am blessed to have found this site. My heart’s desire is that God’s Words become second nature to me. I yearn in all circumstances to know what and when to convey God’s amazing message and His gift of salvation.

Pastor, pray the Lord gives me wisdom and boldness to act according to His timing and His will so that His Words are received with open hearts and contrite spirits.

Today many die without Christ. What a tragedy and how sorrowful!

Jack Wellman February 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm

My dear sister in Christ, I am glad you have a heart for the lost…that is a tragedy but there are those who do go out and evangelize as another man named Jack and I (imagine two Jacks!) do door to door and in the street, so maybe you could pray for us…Yes, I will pray for God’s wisdom and boldness to act when He deems it best. I sense you have a heart for evangelism. I love what Charles Spurgeon once wrote and as such should be motivation why we should all being going into all the world: “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” If you would like a free eBook on evangelism, contact me and I’ll send you a free one. I also have an inexpensive paperback too. It’s called The Great Omission: Evangelizing the Lost for the Great Commission. Here’s a recent sample of that which I wrote about at:http://jackwellman.blogspot.com/2015/02/taking-gospel-into-our-town.html

For the biblical model of doing this, please read this: http://jackwellman.blogspot.com/2010/10/hells-best-kept-secret.html

Neil Breed November 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Can you send me your ebook on evangelizing

Please

Amy August 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Excellent! An edit is needed, if possible, for the verse on God judging slave traders–I believe you meant 1 Timothy 1:10. 6:10 is the verse about the love of money.

Jack Wellman August 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Thank you Amy. Nice catch. Shows us all that only the Word of God is perfect. I appreciate your keen eye my friend.

Jonathan August 29, 2017 at 11:52 pm

If we are saved, is being unsaved possible?

Jack Wellman August 30, 2017 at 8:08 am

Hello Jonathan. Yes, there is such a thing as being unsaved. Jesus sums it up in John 3:36, saying “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” Now, if you mean, can you be saved and then lost, no, that’s not possible. Jesus gives us eternal life and if we lose it, it was certainly not eternal.





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