“This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began” (Titus 1.2 NLT).
Everyone ages. Our bodies get older, yet our spirits do not age. A man or women of 60 still has the life of a 16 year old inside of them. Time doesn’t affect the life of our inner being because it will live on for eternity. None of us wants our existence to end. Ask children what their greatest fear is, and many of them will undoubtedly say death. The Christian faith is based on one hope: We have eternal life. Where we spend that eternal life is up to us. We are not perfect, so we are separated from a holy God. We can’t have a relationship with Him in our sinful state. Through the Finished Work of Jesus, however, we can have a relationship with God on earth. Jesus took our sin to death and left it there, wrapping us up in His perfection. The relationship we have with God on earth continues even after our physical death, and we live with God in heaven for eternity. If we don’t have a relationship with God through the Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, that lack of a relationship will continue, and we will be outside of God’s presence for eternity in a place called hell. The choice is up to us. Christianity is the only religion that says we will never be good enough to make it into heaven alone, which is why we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior. Salvation is a gift that cannot be earned, but the importance of this gift gives us confidence and hope in our eternal home.
“For 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” (2 Corinthians 5.1 NIV).