For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)
About two thousand years ago, Jesus was humbly born in the inn through Mary’s body. When He returns, however, He will come in glory with all the angels. Matthew 25:32–33 says that all the nations will be gathered before Jesus, and the sheep will be put on His right and the goats on His left on the day of Jesus’s second coming. Here, the sheep means those who are godly, innocent, gentle, persevering, and finally win the world as the people who consider Jesus as their shepherd and follow Him. The goats refer to the ungodly people who reject Jesus and only pursue the lust and covetousness of the world. As if the weeds and the wheat are mixed without distinction, the godly and the ungodly are living together on the earth now, but when Jesus returns, the places where both will stand will be separated forever. Second Corinthians 5:10 warns that all of us will appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that each of us will be recompensed for what we have done.
The Bible shows the way to eternal life and the method to live more blessedly in the kingdom. It is not an exaggeration to say the whole of the Bible is eventually the Scripture for leading us to eternal life. In John 3:16, it is recorded that we can get eternal life only by believing in Jesus, whom God has given for our sins. Beginning with the original sin of Adam and Eve, we were originally meant to perish because of our sin. However, God loves us so much that He has saved us by crucifying Jesus, His only Son, for us. Therefore, what we have to do now is to believe in Jesus, who died for our sins. By believing in Him, we can stand on the right side of Jesus on the judgment day of humankind, and we will be saved and reach eternal life. Believing in Jesus means believing that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins. By believing in all this, we can resurrect and enjoy eternal life, just as Jesus was resurrected.
Jesus also told how to reach eternal life in John 5:24. He said that whoever hears His Word and believes in God who sent Him has eternal life. Since only Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, there is no way to live with God in eternal life without believing in Jesus.
First Timothy 6:17–19 commands those who are captivated by the materials of the world to put their gaze on the worthy place, to prepare for eternal life and better things. It is undoubtedly money that we are most interested in as we live a life of capitalism. Regardless of its amount, the rich might be arrogant with their wealth, and the poor might spend all their effort to gain more. The Bible, however, made it clear that we cannot serve the Lord and greed at the same time. Greed, like idolatry, distances us from the Lord by tempting all our eyes to put on wealth, and it ultimately prevents us from reaching the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, 1 Timothy 6 asks us to put our hope not in wealth but in God because He is the abundant supplier of everything, not only material things but also forgiveness, salvation, eternal life, healing, wisdom, and talents. The Lord fills us with everything we need when we put our hope in Him.
It also commanded to do good for the name of the Lord and to have good influence around us by running good businesses. We can do good business with what is given to us, for example, with the wealth of the rich, with the talents of the talented, with the power of the powerful, and with the honor of the honorable. He will surely give us wisdom and show us the way to do it if we do good in Jesus’s name.
The Bible also urged us not to grab what we have only for ourselves but to share it generously with the needy. If we share with them and have mercy on them in Jesus’s name, they will thank us and eventually glorify the Lord. Then, God will be honored by us, and He will give us eternal life and better treasures to enjoy in the kingdom. There is no wiser investment than this for us. We can make profits by investing in the assets in the world, but we can also suffer losses that way. Most importantly, we cannot have these material goods forever. However, our good work and deeds bring us eternal life and precious things to enjoy in the kingdom, which the world cannot give us. Most of all, we do not have to worry about losing them. When we look unto the Lord and obey His will, we gain the most precious things.
Jesus classifies those individuals as goats who ignore the ragged and hungry people who need our help, and He will put them on his left side at the Judgment Day. He will call them the cursed and throw them into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and its angels. Those who do not wish for the kingdom of heaven but live only for the lust and covetousness of the world will not have eternal life. Instead, they will suffer in the lake of fire forever because they only focused on the life of world, not on eternal life, which was shown in the timeline of figure 11.
Revelation 20:15 says that anyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire. It will be done regardless their will, whether they believe in the existence of eternal life or not. There is also no alternative. Only according to Jesus’s judgment, the sheep will have eternal life, and the goats will live in the eternal lake of fire.
Philippians 3:18–19 also gives a warning to those who think the things of the world are all there is. The apostle Paul said that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ by rejecting Jesus and the fact that He was crucified for us. They only think of their own self-interest and consider the visible things of the world as all. Paul asserted that they would eventually perish by their foolish choice.
Those who only seek the sinful desires will end with destruction, while those who wait for Jesus and hope for things in heaven will begin a new eternal life with the citizenship of the kingdom. Even though the body gets older, the soul gets closer to the kingdom and is renewed every day. For those who live only for the lust in the world, the time to own the things of the world gets shorter, while those who wait for the heavenly things will get closer to their eternal possession.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NIV)