Without Christ we are all due to appear before The Judge of All to receive His holy justice, His due sentencing.
18 For [God does not overlook sin
and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men
who in their wickedness
suppress and stifle the truth,
19 because that which is known about God
is evident within them [in their inner consciousness],
for God made it evident to them.
20 For ever since the creation of the world
His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen,
being understood through His workmanship
[all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made],
so that they
[who fail to believe and trust in Him]
are without excuse and without defense.
– Romans 1:18-20
God does not overlook sin
Jesus death on the cross balanced-out the scales to our favor. But we must choose Him and reject sin.
Sure as heaven, there will come a day of reckoning where practicing sinners will give an account for their life on earth. Ready for that day?
“Therefore be careful how you walk,
not as unwise men but as wise…
because the days are evil.
So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
– Ephesians 5:15-17
The will of the Lord is for you to go to heaven by the way that the only Son of God opened up for us. This Way is the preference of God for us all. God is saying that Jesus is the only way, the only truth, the only life that counts. See: Acts 4:12 and John 14:6:
Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
“He [Jesus] is the One who has been appointed and ordained by God as Judge of the living and the dead.” – Acts 10:42.
It all started with His Creation. He is active in our history, and in our futures.
And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. –Acts 17:26
What will your future be? It will be Heaven or it will be Hell. There are no other futures to opt for – but what God determined before the foundation of the earth.
…He commands all people everywhere
[that is, to change their old way of thinking,
to regret their past sins, and
to seek God’s purpose for their lives],
31 because He has set a day
when He will judge the inhabited world
by a Man whom He has appointed
and destined for that task, and
He has provided credible proof
by raising Him from the dead.”
– Acts 17:30-31 AMP version
All the inhabitants of the earth will fall down and worship him, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who has been slain [as a willing sacrifice]. – Revelation 13:8
Nothing religious was done by [the thief on the cross]. He merely
(1) confessed his sinfulness, and
(2) acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ”.
And on the basis of that alone – Jesus Himself said,
“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
In that moment in time, that thief became totally acceptable to God and was welcomed into His Kingdom. He did not “do” anything. He confessed and acknowledged.
He simply aligned himself with God on God’s terms. Are you willing to do that yourself?
– Extract from the article, That Moment In Time