"In The Place Where The Tree Falleth,There Shall It Be" 

Ecclesiastes 11:3


     Solomon's language is not hard to understand. His meaning is -  Whatever your condition is when you die, that will be your condition throughout eternity.  Death does not change anyone's spiritual condition or legal standing before God. The judgment bar of God is not a trial to determine the guilt or innocence  of those who stand before him. It is a bar to show and declare guilt or innocence, and to execute the penalty of justice upon the guilty and the reward of justice upon the righteous. It is written, "He that is unjust let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Rev. 22:11).

     If you die in a state of guilt and condemnation, with the curse of the law and the wrath of God upon you, "unjust", you shall spend eternity in hell under the wrath of God, unjustified, guilty, condemned, under the curse and unmetigated wrath of almighty God. If you die in a state of unregeneracy, "filthy", with the polluted heart of sin, you shall spend eternity in hell in that filthy state of unregeneracy, forever lost!

     However, if you die in a state of righteousness, being perfectly justified by the imputed righteousness of Christ, having your sins atoned by the precious blood of Christ, you shall spend eternity with God in heaven, in perfect righteousness. If you die in a state of perfect holiness, being born again by the Spirit of God, sanctified by the imparted righteousness of Christ, with a heart, nature, and will of holiness, you shall live forever in perfect holiness. Death for you will only separate you from the body of sin.

     What will you eternal destiny be? If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you are forever justified, clean, righteous, and holy. If you refuse to believe, you are, and shall forever remain, unjust, filthy, unrighteous, and unholy.


Don Fortner