Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

John 5: 24

The basic meaning of death is separation. There are three different usages of death in the Bible regarding man: Spiritual death – separation from God because of sin (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13); Physical death – separation of the spirit from the body (Genesis 35:18; Matthew 2:15; James 2:26); Eternal death – the final, eternal separation of the unsaved from God (Revelation 20:14, 21: 8; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; John 3:36).

There are false teachers that state death is a sleep, but according to the Bible, death is a journey. The Bible teaches that at death a person stops physically functioning but his spirit lives on. A person’s spirit will journey to either Heaven or Hell. It does not hinge on whether a person has been more good-than-bad.

How do you decipher who has been “good enough” to go to Heaven as opposed to who has been “too evil” to enter Heaven? It hinges on whether a person has trusted, by faith, Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36.

I ask you, “Are you prepared to step out into eternity right now? Do you honestly have a true relationship with Jesus Christ?”

Only you can honestly answer that question.

Think about it.


Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​