Three facts and one important question (4:30)
1. Life is brief and uncertain (5:30)
- Life is brief: Psalm 90:10; Job 7:4-7; Genesis 47:9; James 4:14
- Life is uncertain: Proverbs 37:1; James 4:13
2. Death is unavoidable and sometimes sudden (18:04)
- Death is unavoidable: Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27
- Death is sometimes sudden: Luke 12:19
3. Judgment is certain and irreversible (27:36)
- Judgment is certain: Hebrews 9:27; John 5:28; Matthew 25:31; Revelation 20:11-15
- Judgment is irreversible: Matthew 25:46
"As death leaves you, the judgment will find you, and as the judgment finds you, eternity will hold you." — Albert Martin (34:00)
No spiritual, ethical, or moral change takes place after death! This change must occur before one dies!
"I can remember as a little boy, lying upon my bed … that reality fastened itself upon my young soul, and I lay upon my bed many a night afraid to go to sleep, knowing that if I died in my sleep, as death left me, the judgment would find me, and as the judgment would find me, eternity would hold me! And I can remember thinking in my tortured little boy brain, 'But, O God, forever and ever and ever—what is eternity?' … And I could remember many a night falling to sleep distressed and terrified. You say, 'What a horrible thing!' No, my friend, I thank God for it—because God was bringing my little boy mind into touch with reality.
The fact that you've been able to pillow your head night after night and year after year with no such thoughts is no credit to your good sense; it's a monument to the power of the devil to blind you to reality, to stupefy and benumb you, and to paralyze all efforts to seek the Lord while He may be found and to call upon Him while He is near!" — Albert Martin (34:55)
One important, personal, reasonable question in light of these facts: (38:20)
Are you prepared to die?
Preparation is found in a Person: John 11:25; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 14:13
"Those who are in Christ by faith are prepared to die, but they—and only they—can contemplate their death as a blessing. Isn't it grievous when people churn out all of this nonsense regardless of a person's relation to Christ? If they've suffered a long, lingering death, people so lightly and in a cavalier way say, 'They are better off now; they are at rest.' Not if they died out of Christ! Their fiercest agonies in this life are playthings to what they now and shall yet experience." — Albert Martin (48:28)
"If you are trusting only in the Lord Jesus to forgive you, death can do you nothing but land you in the presence of Jesus. That's all it can do; it can just chase you up to Heaven. Nothing more. But the question is, are you trusting in Jesus?" — Albert Martin (52:19)