Eternal Perspectives

We can’t do life here over again. There’s no retaking the course once we’ve failed it. There’s no improving a D to an A. No rescheduling the final exams. Death is the deadline. There’s no extension. 

A basketball game is over at the final buzzer. Shots taken late don’t count. When the trumpet heralds Christ’s return, our eternal future begins and our present opportunity ends. If we have failed by then to use our money, possessions, time, and energy for eternity, then we have failed—period.

~ Randy Alcorn, [The Law of Rewards]

Eternal Perspectives

Choosing Between Heaven and Hell

Earth leads directly into heaven, just as it leads directly into hell. Life here is a running start into one or the other. Heaven and hell are both retroactive to earth. . . . Earth is the in-between world touched both by heaven and hell, affording a choice between the two.

~ Randy Alcorn,
In Light of Eternity

Eternal Perspectives

How, then, can you rest in such a predicament as you are in, and go about so carelessly from day to day, and so heedless and negligent of your precious, immortal souls? Consider seriously these things, and be wise for yourself, before it is too late; before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and you fall into the world of wrath and hatred, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, with spiteful malice and rage against God, and Christ, and one another, and with horror and anguish of spirit forever. Flee to the stronghold while you are prisoners of hope, before the door of hope is closed, and the agonies of the second death shall begin their work, and your eternal doom is sealed!

~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]

Eternal Perspectives

In Psalm 8:2, David says, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise” (quoted by Jesus in Matthew 21:16). The inclusion of infants is significant because they would not be conscious of giving praise; it would have to be something instinctive. So, although children are sinners who need to be saved, God may well have a just way to cover them with Christ’s blood so they go to Heaven when they die.

~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

[Cinderella] had to live with a wicked stepmother and stepsisters, but when she went to the ball she met a prince. And even though she had to go back to her hard existence for a while, her life was never the same because her prince didn’t forget her. He came one day and took her away to his castle to be his bride. . . . Even while you are ironing clothes and scrubbing floors, the Prince named Jesus Christ is coming back to get you someday and take you to be with Him forever.

~ Tony Evans, [Tony Evans Speaks Out on Heaven and Hell]

Eternal Perspectives

Most of us would love to spend the evening with a great author, musician, artist, or head of state. God is the master artist who created the universe, the inventor of music, the author and main character of the unfolding drama of redemption. Head of state? He’s king of the entire universe. Yet if someone says, “I want to go to Heaven to be with God forever,” others wonder, Wouldn’t that be boring? What are we thinking?

~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]