What happens after death?
‘So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.’ (1 Cor. 15:42, ESV) What will the imperishable body be like?
‘And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne . . . And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.’ (Rev 20:12; 15, ESV) If God is love, how can someone be thrown into the lake of fire?
The apostle Paul says: ‘I have hope in God . . . that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.’ (Acts 24:15, NKJV) What is the resurrection of the just?
‘Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?’ (Eph. 4:9, NASB) Why did Jesus descend into Hades?
‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.’ (Luke 16:25, ESV) These are the words of Abraham to a rich man who died and went to Hades. Do you know where you will go after you die?
In a parable told by Jesus, a rich man says to himself, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God says to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ (Luke 12:19-20, ESV) What happens if your soul is required of you tonight?