What must you know, believe, and do to be ready to die? (6:30, 7:10, 28:42)

Why you must consider this question (8:00)

  1. The inescapable certainty of your death (8:24)
    • Hebrews 9:27
    • A divine appointment has been made in God's calendar and He has not sought your counsel in determining your time of death! This appointment was made by God and God alone.
    • "It is the absolute inevitable certainty of our death that should press us with a sense of responsibility to ask the question, 'What must I know and believe and do to be ready for that one event in life that is absolutely certain?'" — Albert Martin (12:08)
    • Death occurs when that unnatural rending of soul and body takes place (13:10)
  2. The inescapable certainty of your judgment (14:20)
    • Hebrews 9:27; Luke 16:22; John 5:28
  3. The inescapable certainty of your judgment irreversibly determining your eternal experience (23:20)

God help me, God help you to believe this—there are few words more sobering in all of Scripture than what Matthew 25:41 declares concerning the King's awful sentence against those who will be damned! (23:25)

The judgment occurs in 2 stages (15:27)

  1. Private or Personal Judgment (15:38)
    • This judgment occurs immediately after death
    • Also known as the intermediate state—the period between one's death and the day of judgment at the end of the world
    • Luke 16:22
  2. Public or Formal Judgment (15:50)
    • This judgment occurs at the end of the world, when God will judge all men and angels
    • John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:31-33, 46
    • The result of this final, public judgment will be eternal punishment or eternal life
"It is an absolute, inescapable certainty that following death is the reality of judgment. For the vast majority of mankind, that judgment will come in two stages. Theologians speak of the intermediate state; I like to call it that private, personal judgment that is made when our spirits leave our bodies in the event of death, and then the ultimate, public judgment that will be made at the return of Christ, when all the dead are raised and stand before God for public trial and consignment to heaven or to hell." — Albert Martin (15:20)

I. What you must know and believe concerning God (29:00, 30:30)

"You will never be ready to die if in any way you try to avoid these three simple realities concerning God: He is your Creator, your Lawgiver, and your Judge. You must know and believe these things concerning God, His relationship to you, and yours to Him." — Albert Martin (40:52)

1. You must own God as your Creator (30:50)

"God said, 'Let us make man in Our image and after Our likeness; in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them' (Genesis 1:26-27). … This is what lies behind all of this horrible, perverted thinking and actions regarding same-sex, bi-sex, et cetera: there is one area where you cannot deny God's absolute sovereignty—when you were conceived, the number of chromosomes determined male or female. Your mother and father had nothing to do with it, and you had nothing to do with it! That was God's choice to begin a created male or female, and the ultimate rebellion is when a male stands back, rears on his hind legs, and says, 'I will not have God determine my identity; I will determine it! I will let my urges and my passions and a host of other things determine it!'—anything other than saying, 'O God, You in wisdom created me a male; You in wisdom created me a female.'" — Albert Martin (31:15)
"The Creator has a right to do what He will with what He creates, to tell His creation how it is to function." — Albert Martin (33:40)

2. You must own God as your Lawgiver (33:40)

"Romans 2:14-15 tells us that all men—even those who have never seen the pages of a Bible—have a consciousness of certain things being right and wrong. The conscience accuses or excuses, and Paul says this shows not the law written on the heart—there is alot of imprecise talk about that; no, the law is not written on the heart, that is a work of the New Covenant blessing; it says 'which show the work of the law written on the heart.' When God made Adam, He inscribed His law upon his whole inner being such that he had an internal disposition of desiring and delighting to do what God required and staying clear of what God forbade. Sin has marred that, but the remnants of it are still there in all men, because they have a conscience, and this demonstrates that God is indeed their Lawgiver—and they know it." — Albert Martin (38:49)

3. You must own God as your Judge (40:00)

  • Acts 17:31
  • Romans 14:12

II. What you must know and believe concerning yourself (41:20)

  • I am a sinful creature who fell in Adam—with a bad record and a bad heart
  • I am spiritually impotent and can do nothing to avail my bad record and bad heart
  • Your situation is so utterly hopeless and desperate that you can't even get to the only remedy on your own! (47:30)
    • John 6:44
"It won't fill megachurches with admiring followers when people are told their heart is a bottomless sinkhole of filth and uncleanness. It's like a snake pit—that's what my heart is by nature and that is what yours is. And we have enough in the record of heaven to damn a thousand people!" — Albert Martin (48:02)

III. You must know and believe what God has revealed about His rescue operation for sinners (48:30, 51:35)

1. It focuses on a unique Person—the Lord Jesus Christ (49:25)

  • He is spoken of all the way back in Genesis 3:15 as the Seed who would crush the head of the serpent (49:20)
  • He was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20-21)
  • He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one goes to the Father except by Him (John 14:6)
  • There is no other name given by which men must be saved (Acts 4:12)
  • 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
  • Excellent summary of Christology at the 53:35 marker
  • He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) (55:30)
"God's rescue operation focuses on a unique Person, and if you are ever going to be ready to die, the evidence that God is working in you to get you ready is that this Person begins to be the most important concern of your heart and life! 'How can I know Him? How can I enter into the benefits He procured for needy, helpless sinners like me?'" — Albert Martin (51:35)

2. It is comprised of a unique work accomplished by that unique Person (52:25)

"He lived the life we should have lived; He placed Himself under the law as the representative of all who will come to Him and cast themselves upon Him. He has a perfect record to put to our account, and in performance to the Father's will, His obedience carried Him through even to the death of the cross, where there He bore the penal, substitutionary, wrath-absorbing, outpoured fury of Almighty God upon our sins." — Albert Martin (52:50)

IV. What you must do (56:55)

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

Acts 20:21; 26:20

1. You must repent

"You must say, 'I'm ready to get out of the god business. I wasn't made to be a little self-determining god, to choose my own ends and means. I am a creature of God; I belong to God by right of creation. It is not right for me to be living my life centered in myself. I turn my back upon that life of self-determining, self-absorbed passion to please my lusts, and I'm prepared for God to be God in me and over me, and God in the person of His Son to be My Master, and I will be His servant. I am ready to embrace Him as my Prophet to teach me, my Priest to forgive me and intercede for me, and my King to govern over me.'" — Albert Martin (57:43)

2. You must believe

"In that posture of repudiating any confidence in what you are or what you can do or have done to bring the favor of God, saying, 'If I ever have God's smile and favor, it must be based on the work of the Rescuer—what He was in life and death and resurrection power. I cast myself upon Him' and if in that disposition you live and die, then your death will be nothing more or less than a rough chariot to carry you away from everything that troubles you into everything that will make your heart glad forever." — Albert Martin (58:45)
"Death is the rough door by which God releases the spirits of His own to depart and be with Christ." — Albert Martin (59:36)