There are three questions that every human being, at one time or another, will think about. Some people will give them nothing more than a passing thought during their lifetime while others will think about them constantly. I think most people are somewhere in between, usually thinking of them at around the times of life’s major events. The three questions are: 1) Where did I come from? 2) Why am I here? 3) Where am I going when I die (some people will phrase this question, “Is this all there is?”)?
The Bible does give an answer to all three questions.
WHERE DID I COME FROM?
In general, we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1, 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9) but that does not fully answer the question.
God has known you from eternity past, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee” (Jeremiah 1:5a). The Scriptures often speak of God forming the individual in the womb (Isaiah 44:2, 24, 49:5).
All life, spiritual and physical comes from God. In fact, the Bible, speaking of Jesus Christ, says that all things were created by Him, for Him and are held together by Him (Colossians 1:16-17).
The answer to the question, where did I come from is Jesus Christ.
WHY AM I HERE?
Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” In other words, we are created by Jesus Christ to walk in His light doing what He has created us to do.
Colossians 1:16, as noted above, does tell us that all things (including us) are created “by him and for him” (Christ Jesus)
No one can tell you specifically what God wants you to do with your life, which is between you and God, but the Bible is clear that God does have a purpose and a plan for everyone. The problem is, most people never get to a point in their lives to know what that specific purpose is (2 Peter 3:9). The specific steps to knowing the will of God for your life are found in Romans 12:1-2 and elsewhere in the Scriptures but that is another topic for another day.
The conclusion we can make for the answer to question number two is, in general, the reason we are here is Jesus Christ.
WHERE AM I GOING WHEN I DIE?
This question can only be answered by you, but is answered through Christ. The Bible is specific, there is an afterlife and heaven and hell are the only two destinations (Luke 16:19-31). If you are thinking, “I don’t believe in hell or any of this stuff” please read on. I am only showing what the Bible says.
Our sin has separated all of us from God (Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2). Many think there is a line in the sand; this line may be a certain number of sins or specific sins, like murder or rape, that will send them to hell but the truth is we are all guilty of something. It might be as small as telling a lie, or taking a cooking out of the cookie jar when we were nine years old, but the fact remains we are all guilty, from the murderer to the nine year old cookie thief (Romans 3:10,23).
In society, when someone commits a crime and is found guilty, they are issued a fine or jail time. When the fine is paid or the sentence is served we say the person, “has paid their debt to society.” When it comes to sin the only payment God will accept for sin is sinless blood (Hebrews 9:22). Since we have all sinned, none of us can pay our debt to God; we need someone to pay it for us.
Jesus Christ being sinless as God in the flesh is the only one that could possibly pay for anyone’s sins. We cannot be redeemed by money or good works, but only through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Putting your faith in what Christ did on the cross, is the only means of answering the third question with a positive outcome because it is through faith that Christ’s blood is applied to your guilt and therefore, pays your debt (John 1:12, 3:16-18 and the list goes on).
The answer to all three of life’s great questions is Jesus Christ.
Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. All scripture references are from the KJV. Blog: www.preacherjohnson.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email, please inform me where you have seen Preacher’s Point.