Beautiful or Dreadful Preview

All the good or bad that we see in this life can only be tiny glimpses of what shall come in the next life, depending on our destinies. What we see and feel with our senses will be heightened in the afterlife. A relaxing time of fellowship with family and friends on a beach, in all of it's beauty, can only be a micro fraction in splendor compared to the streets of Heaven. The same thing applies regarding the dreadful things that we see and experience here on earth. The deepest sorrow or hardest stabbing pain cannot be compared to the horrors of Hell.

These are truths you won't hear talked about much today but they need to be. The main reason these truths should be proclaimed is because it tells us much about the God we serve. Too often, we will hear of God's goodness but not His wrath. Too often, preachers may think they are doing God and others a huge service by preaching mostly on His love. In doing so, they soften the message of the gospel and diminish the value of God's character (holiness, purity, etc.) and the weight of what Jesus accomplished in His death and resurrection for His redeemed. It may also diminish our appreciation for what our Lord has done or cause some to become presumptuous in their relationship with Him if this imbalance of teaching goes on. Romans 11:22 states, "Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you,provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off." When we preach and teach both, as Jesus Himself did, it gives a person a healthy and balanced view of God's character and leads the person ultimately to His kindness when stayed on such a path.

Based on scripture, we know that these places of joy and misery exist because God created them both. One place to express His mercy and another place to express His wrath. Matthew 25:41 states, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

John 14:2 "In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?" We know that He not only made these places He also made us. In Luke 11:40 Jesus said, "You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?"

So what is the point of writing this? I think just like in scripture, it is to encourage those who know Christ to keep trusting Him and know that if you are going through trials and troubles, a better time is coming. If you are having a fantastic time in fellowship with Christians, an infinitely better time is coming. Upon death you will see the Son who loves you more than anyone ever could. However, for those who have no interest in Jesus, there destiny is the opposite. Jesus' wrath will remain on them upon death. Even in this warning there is a hope that the person would repent and accept Jesus' salvation. If your pain or situation is bad now, it will only be much worse later. If you are having a great time in life and in your career, that will be the height of your enjoyment in this lifetime before it turns to absolute misery at your death.

Will you enjoy the beauty of knowing Him in this life and the next or be shocked by the horrors that awaits those who reject Him now and in the next life (Matt 5:29)?



Carl Binger LMHC

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