What actually is salvation and why now?
Recap:
There is a God.
He made the heavens and the Earth.
He worked hard to do it.
Ostensibly he gets VERY little out of it.
Therefore he must have a pretty darned good reason that he did it.

The reason that he did it is to test his whole creation and determine if YOU will be saved (get eternal life) by YOUR exercising of YOUR will to believe and accept Jesus as Lord of YOUR life.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

God created YOU mortal so that YOU would have a limited time (YOUR lifetime) to exercise YOUR will. However the time to exercise YOUR will is subject to time and chance! YOU never know when YOUR life may end. If we are saved by FAITH YOU certainly cannot do it after YOU are dead because when YOU stand before God YOU no longer NEED faith – THEN YOU KNOW for sure for sure good buddy!

I just wrote #24 Hell – what the? And as I pointed out, it is appointed unto man (YOU) once to die and THEN the judgment. This judgment does NOT determine which resurrection YOU stand in but rather what rewards or punishments YOU receive. Therefore the selection process has already taken place before any resurrection.

So then what is the method by which this selection is made? I wondered for a long time how anyone could be in the first resurrection if no judgment had taken place to determine that they should be in it. Then I discovered this passage:
“But if the Spirit of him (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. “
When you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior YOU are “born again” and the Spirit of God indwells you. Therefore when Jesus returns this same spirit raises YOU from the dead so that you will meet him.

So when YOU die YOU either have IT or not!
For those of you who like scientific “talk” think of it as a DNA marker from which God can rebuild YOU even better than the first time.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

Jars Of Clay – I’ll Fly Away

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not PERISH, but have everlasting life.” “ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.“ “This is the second death.”
The second death is to PERISH – kaput , muerte, finito, DONE. SALVATION is life, living, continuing to continue – eternally!

I know that this is getting a little heavy for some of you BUT the truth is the truth. Hey, I don’t make the rules I just try to play by them!

Question to Ponder: Do YOU think that it is going to go well for YOU if YOU “run out the clock”?