". . . Where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"

See I Peter 4: 17, 18 about the judgement of God. It's coming! And most will be unprepared for it! This lesson is not conceived to scare people; it is create to prepare people.

And God would want no less. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. See Matthew 25 for three parables from Jesus about the importance of being prepared for the judgement day to come. From Matthew 25, several facts emerge:

Who are these ungodly, sinful people that Simon Peter was talking about in I Peter 4? See II Thessalonians 1: 6-10 to find out. They will not be the very worst of criminals that have ever lived; most of those that are ungodly and who have not obeyed the truth will be morally good people who simply have not made Jesus the Lord of their lives.

We can't plead ignorance. "The times of ignorance God once winked at; but now He commandeth all men everywhere to repent," Acts 17: 30.

Man needs to hear God's word (Romans 10: 17), believe it (Acts 16: 31; Acts 2: 37-47), repent of his sins (Acts 2: 38, Acts 3: 19), confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10: 32, 33), and be baptized in order to receive remission of his sins (Acts 2: 38) in order to even be a player in the salvation game. Short of that, man is one of those who "know[s] not God" and who will be punished. Man needs to obey the Gospel (see I Corinthians 15: 1-4). And, after becoming a Christian, he needs to continue to grow and to serve the Lord. He needs to put away the old man of sin and become a new man who is righteous. Can he do it all alone? No-this is where God's grace comes into play. God helps him to become this new man.

Where would you appear, if Christ came again today?

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