Are you interested in the afterlife?  Sure you are.  We all know each day brings us closer a life beyond this present one.  God has instilled this knowledge in each of person’s heart, (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

What can we expect in the future life? 

Romans 14:12 states, “Each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

Sobering words, right?

Paul informed the people of Athens, God “has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed,” (Acts 17:31).

There are four certainties about the Day of Judgment:

  1. It is an actual future “day.” God’s calendar has that day marked.  It’s coming.
  2. The “world” of mankind will be judged. It is appointed to man to die once, and after that comes the judgment (Hebrews 7:27).
  3. The presiding judge has been appointed. The Lord Jesus Christ is the appointed judge, the same Jesus who gave his life so that sinners might be forgiven, justified, and delivered from hell.  His judgment will be completely just—perfectly right and fair.  “Will not the judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham acknowledged.
  4. Finally, a great separation will take place. The wicked will be separated from the righteous.

Jesus used parables to help us understand the Day of Judgment.  In Matthew 13:24-30, he told the Parable of the Weeds:  In a field a man sowed good seed, but secretly in the dark of night, his enemy sowed weeds in the same field.  Both the good plants and the weeds sprung up together.

Instead of laboring to get rid of the weeds, the owner allowed both to grow up together until the harvest.  He then instructed his reapers to gather the weeds first, tie them into bundles and throw them into the fire, and then gather the wheat into his barns.

Explaining the meaning of the parable, Jesus said that the sons of the devil will grow alongside the sons of God’s kingdom.  In the last day, “the Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:41, 42)

Who are “the weeds”?  Those who remain unrepentant and unmoved by God’s gift of salvation.  Instead of resting in God’s mercy in Christ and believing in him as the one Savior and Lord of our lives, the wicked continue in their rebellion and blasphemy to their own destruction.

So then, on that Day of Judgment, the righteous will go into everlasting life and joy in God’s presence, while the wicked will face God’s just wrath and be cast away from God’s presence into everlasting punishment.

Yes, everybody will give an account before God.  Thankfully, those who are found in Christ have had their evil deeds cleansed by his blood and are now clothed in his perfect righteousness.  Our sins have already been judged at the Cross; however, we are accountable to live now in a manner worthy of the Jesus we love and serve.

The Take Away:  Every one of us needs to ponder whether he or she is prepared for the Day of Judgment.