How You Can Defeat the Fear of Your Own Mortality!
Mortality: Do You Fear It ?
What Becomes of Believers and Unbelievers After Death?
A loved one recently said, “As I grow older I become more aware of my mortality, and I do not like it.” Age has a funny way of prompting thoughts of mortality. It is a given that we will all die. Only those believers who are alive when the Lord appears to take His bride home will miss the experience of a physical death (I Thessalonians 4: 16, 17).
But what of unbelievers, what will be their lot? Paul pulled no punches regarding their fate when he wrote, “In flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (vs. 8, 9). I don’t know about everyone else, but that phrase “everlasting destruction” sends a fearful chill through my soul – I don’t want anything to do with it.
Why Does the Believer Go to Heaven and the Unbeliever to Hell?
So, what is the difference between the believer and the unbeliever! The believer has taken to heart the scriptures which say “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13); “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2: 8,9); and of course, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16). The believer has come to accept that Jesus Christ clothed Himself in their own sin and stood before the Father to be judged in their place so that they would never have to fear finding themselves in that predicament. This was all made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection – His sacrifice!
The unbeliever has foolishly declined the offer of salvation, denying the Lord Jesus Christ and choosing rather to live their life according to the flesh. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21). John writes of the unsaved in Revelation saying “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (vs. 15), where they will be tormented forever in flames and never again know the presence of God – “everlasting destruction”. The truth is, we are all immortal; however, some will go into everlasting destruction and other into everlasting joy.
Does Immortality Appeal to You?
If your mortality frightens you, then know that there is a way to become immortal! That’s right; immortality is an option for you. If you understand that we are all sinners and that a holy God will not allow sin in His presence, and If you accept on faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross, bearing your sin, was judged in your stead, and is now willing to intercede for you, then all that is necessary is simply to acknowledge Him, place your faith in Him, call on Him, and you will be saved. It is that simple!
“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [die], but we will all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruptible, and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Corinthians 15: 51-53). All believers will exchange their mortal bodies for one that is incorruptible and immortal. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10: 9).
God’s Word has the Answers
Get out your Bibles, and if you must, knock the dust off and begin to read. Search the scriptures! The Bible clearly states the importance of scripture to your salvation. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise . . .” (Ephesians 1: 13).
The truth is, we are all immortal; however, some will go into everlasting destruction and others into everlasting joy. Repent (change your mind about your sins and about Jesus Christ), confess those sins, and ask the Lord to save you; then you may stop fearing your mortality and begin embracing your immortality!