Whenever I am witness to a death of someone I know, my thoughts often turn to the afterlife. I am forced to reevaluate whether I believe what God has said in the Bible about there truly being life after death. Right here in Second Timothy we get a little reminder: “the promise of life in Christ Jesus”. This means to me that eternal life is a promise to believers, and it will become a reality because I’ve accepted the gift of what Jesus did for me on the cross.
Promises fly this way and that in our society- “Buy this now, and you won’t have to pay for it until 2010!” “You’re in good hands, that’s Allstate’s stand” “I will balance the budget, cut crime in half and solve the problem of illegal immigration, all while saving the environment!”
It is hard to believe that all the promises made to us in this life will actually be kept. But when God makes a promise, it is completely a different deal. When He promises to give us eternal life, He will make that happen. He cannot lie. God put it best when He said,
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…” Hebrews 6:11-19
and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
even after my skin is destroyed,
yet from my flesh I shall see God;
whom I myself shall behold,
and whom my eyes will see and not another.