Is God the God of second chances?
Absolutely! And third…and fourth…and fifth…and…
But what about after death? If a person denies God in this life and dies in their sin, will they get a second chance?
No, they will not.
There are many who believe if a person dies in their sin, God has provided a means for a second chance. That He has given those who remain the ability to “help”, thus saving them from the consequence of their choice. Eternal separation from God.
He has not.
Hebrews 9:27-28 says, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (NIV – Bold print mine)
There is an appointed time for man to die, and then the judgement.
The thought of being able to intervene in the afterlife of another is appealing. How comforting it would be to believe we could rescue someone from the consequence of their decision to reject God.
But we cannot.
God has given everyone the right to choose. He has put before us life and death, blessing and cursing. He told us to choose life, but it’s our choice to make, and no one can make it for us. (Deut 30:19)
Satan is a liar, a thief, and a deceiver. Twisting the truth of God’s word into a lie, he can rob man of salvation by deceiving him into believing he is either right with God (when he is not), or that he will have a second chance after death.
The decision on whether or not to follow Christ is the most important one you will ever make. It is yours and yours alone.
Its consequence is eternal.