The Ultimate Fear
You may have had, or currently still have, a fear from some power beyond your control. Maybe a person in your life, or insects, or the unknown future. It may not be a fear that plagues you day by day, but it pays you a visit now and then and leaves those unshakeable thoughts.
Such is the fear from an uncertainty of one’s eternal destiny. Will it be heaven? Or hell? Or… maybe nothing—just dead.
If you are a believer—you have placed your trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as punishment for your sin—you need not fear that moment of death. But… what if fear still lingers? There are those “What if..?” thoughts. A fear without a clear object—just an unshakeable fear.
The solution to such anxiety, as always, can be found in God’s Word. Beyond the well known salvation verses, consider the picture painted through these two verses.
Psalm 32:2 opened my eyes recently to a childhood memory.
“Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them…”
Like the child’s magic doodling game where you draw a picture or write out some words and then raise the plastic sheet and the work vanishes into nothing.
When your faith was placed in Jesus, your sin—all your sin—was removed from God’s accounting. But more than an empty account (in God’s eyes), is the other half of this God-given gift. Philippians 3:9 casts light on the completion of your salvation.
“…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”
This is exciting!
God, in essence, is saying, “Because you have placed your trust in Jesus to be your Savior from sin, I will look upon you and see none of your sin—be it very large or very small, and in its place the righteousness of My Son, Jesus.”
So, the solution from this state of fear of one’s eternity is to know, and meditate on God’s Word, the Truth.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32