"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. He that believeth on him is not condemed: but he that believeth not is condemed already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:15-16, 18
John speaks of the final judgment in revelations when each of us will be brought before god and judged out of the book of life. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, whish is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man acording to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev. 20:12-15 We already have our names in the book of life, and if we have overcome temptation at the last judgement we shall be clothed in white and christ himself will speak on our behalf to god as stated in Rev. 3:5. In Exodus 32:33 god tells Moses that "Whosever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved at the last day by the grace of jesus christ if we have faith in him. We have the commandments of the god and must also adhere to them. Hebrews 10:26 says "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrafice for sins." We have that knowledge of the truth in the scriptures. We are told what is right and what is wrong, and if continue to sin once we know that what we are doing is wrong, we no longer have the sacrafice of the savior with us. Christ teaches in Matt. 10:22 that "he that endureth to the end shall be saved."
How will we feel when at the last day we come before god and know that some of our actions caused his only begotten, whom he sent to suffer and die for us, to suffer even more? I'm not saying that you need to live a perfect life, our father in heaven knows that we are not perfect and does not expect us to be. He still loves us though. We must do all that we can here on earth to follow his teachings so that we can live with him again some day. We know that this is possible by further reading the scriptures, and by Jobs unshakable faith. "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see god." Job 19:26. Great shall be our glory with god if we live good enough lives to return to him and great shall be our sorrow and his if we choose a course of life which will drive us from him and prevent the glorious reunion.
Tim Collins 4-8-2002