"Bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me." (Luke 19:27, NKJV).
There is a finality to unbelief. Those who reject Jesus Christ and refuse God's only provision for salvation will most surely die in their sins. The Bible leaves nothing vague on this matter, for the stakes are high and eternal.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews presents the clearest case regarding this weighty issue: "Anyone who disobeys the Law of Moses is put to death without any mercy when judged guilty from the evidence of two or more witnesses. What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God's covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve! It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!" (Hebrews 10:28—31, Good News Bible).
Moreover, Jesus said, "Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder" (Matthew 21:44). Christ is the Rock. You and I must fall upon Him and be broken – redeemed from all self-righteousness and sinful independence. Otherwise, the Rock will fall on us and we will be crushed—separated forever from God, and from all things good and holy.
C.S. Lewis wrote, "In the end there will be two categories of people. Those who say to God, "Thy will be done,' and thus enter Heaven; and those to whom God says, 'Thy will be done,' as they enter Hell.”
A Day of Reckoning is coming for believers and unbelievers alike. For those who reject Christ it will be a day of terror—and finality. For those who love the Lord, and served Him faithfully in life, it will be a day of reward and great joy.
What are you doing to be best prepared for that coming Day?
Daily Devotion by James Ryle