I recently watched a documentary in which an atheist debated a Buddhist. The former believed in no afterlife; the latter believed in many. Both disbelieved the Biblical truth that the one earthly lifetime given to every human being bears eternal consequence. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
The hear and now determines the then and there. Moreover, the issue is clear cut and uncompromising: "What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He?" (Matthew 22:42). How our hearts answer these questions determines the course of the present life, and of the next. The reason for such a "narrow way which leadeth unto life" lies in the simple truth that human beings exist to know God and His Son, as revealed by the Holy Spirit - "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent… To live is Christ… He is thy life" (Matthew 7:14; John 17:3; Philippians 1:21; Deuteronomy 30:20). All things bear witness to this Truth of all truths. Therefore, only the willful blindness of human hearts prevents recognition that the Spirit of God, the Word of God, the church of God, and the creation of God continually communicate that how respond to the person, name, and work of the Lord Jesus paves the path of life for the believer, and sadly, the path of death for those who reject the One who declared, "I am… the life" (John 14:6).
A strong awareness of consequence leads to a strong determination to consecrate ourselves to life, truth, and reality - to Christ. What we believe and what we don't believe matters. What we do, and what we don't do matters. Who we know, and Who we don't know matters. We will live on after this present lifetime. We will not return to earth in different forms of reincarnation. How we live today affects tomorrow and forever. This very moment influences the next. These things are true, solemnly, unchangeably, and universally true. And most importantly, our answer to the questions, "What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He?" pervades all. Consequences, consequences of, about, and through the Lord Jesus Christ determine the course of this moment, this day, this lifetime, this forever.
"If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins."
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law."