Life After Death
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(Luke 16:22-28) And it occurred that the man [reduced to] begging died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.


(23) And in Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.


(24) And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me


and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,


for I am in anguish in this flame.


(25) But Abraham said, Child, remember that you in your lifetime fully received [what is due you in] comforts and delights, and Lazarus in like manner the discomforts and distresses; but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish.


(26) And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who want to pass from this [place] to you may not be able, and no one may pass from there to us.


(27) And [the man] said, Then, father, I beseech you to send him to my father's house--

Who should we fear?

(Luke 12: 4-5) I tell you, My friends, do not dread and be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. (5) But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him Who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell (Gehenna); yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Where should we make treasures?

(Luke 12:32-34) Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom! (33) Sell what you possess and give donations to the poor; provide yourselves with purses and handbags that do not grow old, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

We are not rich because of the things that we own.

(Luke 12:13-21) Someone from the crowd said to Him, Master, order my brother to divide the inheritance and share it with me. (14) But He told him, Man, who has appointed Me a judge or umpire and divider over you? (15) And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man's life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs. (16) Then He told them a parable, saying, The land of a rich man was fertile and yielded plentifully. (17) And he considered and debated within himself, What shall I do? I have no place [in which] to gather together my harvest. (18) And he said, I will do this: I will pull down my storehouses and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain or produce and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good things laid up, [enough] for many years. Take your ease; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself merrily. (20) But God said to him, You fool! This very night they [the messengers of God] will demand your soul of you; and all the things that you have prepared, whose will they be? (21) So it is with the one who continues to lay up and hoard possessions for himself and is not rich [in his relation] to God [this is how he fares].

(Someone asked: Jesus, are only a few going to get saved)

(Luke 13:22) [Jesus] journeyed on through towns and villages, teaching, and making His way toward Jerusalem. (23) And someone asked Him, Lord, will only a few be saved (rescued, delivered from the penalties of the last judgment, and made partakers of the salvation by Christ)? And He said to them, (24) Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. (25) When once the Master of the house gets up and closes the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door [again and again], saying, Lord, open to us! He will answer you, I do not know where [what household--certainly not Mine] you come from. (26) Then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets. (27) But He will say, I tell you, I do not know where [what household--certainly not Mine] you come from; depart from Me, all you wrongdoers! (28) There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves being cast forth (banished, driven away). (29) And behold, there are some [now] last who will be first [then], and there are some [now] first who will be last [then].

"Today is the day for SALVATION"

(2 Corinthians 6:2) For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!