Ready for Eternity
We do not think nearly enough about eternity. That is a strange thing for we surely all have an interest in the subject. It is an inescapable fact of our existence that one day we will leave this present world and enter the world to come. The solemn truth is that as death leaves us so judgment will find us: as it is with us when we die so it will be with us forever. We must prepare for our dying day.
At death our bodies will return to the earth but our spirits will return to God who gave them (Eccl.12:7). He will “judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psa.96:13). These things ought to sober us and make us consider the state of our souls. As we are sinners by nature and practice the thought of being judged by an infinitely holy and righteous God should make us tremble.
The fact is if we are to enter heaven when we die and not hell as we deserve then we need a righteousness to match God’s own. How is that possible? If we are left to ourselves then of course it is impossible. The sin of so many is that they imagine that somehow they can do enough and be good enough for God. However hard they try they are bound to fail.
What is the answer to our fearful plight? While David said to the Lord, “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness” (Psa.119:142) Daniel was told how one day the Messiah would “bring in everlasting righteousness” (Dan.9:24). The good news is that what God demands of sinners He has graciously provided for them through His own dear Son!
The confidence of every true believer is that there is a Saviour who freely bestows His own perfect righteousness upon the guilty. Those who lived before Christ’s coming were looking to Him by faith. Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56). Paul tells us that Moses esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt” (Heb.11:26). Job knew that his redeemer would “stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).
It has always been the same for sinners. There has only ever been one plan of salvation, the covenant of grace; one Saviour, Jesus Christ the Mediator of that covenant; and one way to be saved, through faith in Him and not by our own works. It is for this reason that Scripture speaks of Christ as “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb.13:8).
To save sinners the Son of God took our nature but remained the same divine Person. He suffered and shed His blood once to pay for sin when He died at Calvary but the benefits of His atoning work have been applied by the Holy Spirit to believing sinners ever since Adam fell. So it will be until the end of time when all God’s elect will have been gathered by the gospel, pardoned and cleansed of every sin and made perfect in Jesus Christ.
When our Lord was on the mount of transfiguration the voice came from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt.17:5). God the Father does not, will not and indeed cannot find any fault with Christ’s righteousness and so He will never find fault with those to whom that righteousness has been reckoned – not for all eternity!
Time is passing quickly; a new year has begun. If you are still unsaved then may you soon come to know repentance for your sin and faith in Christ and His righteousness. Then you too will be ready for eternity.