2 Peter 3:3-7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth are held in store for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
The Greek word for destruction is apoleia which means "losing, loss, the state after death wherein exclusion from salvation is a realized fact." That definition sends chills up my spine. A moment will come, at the ushering in of eternity, when every lost man and woman will be confronted with the staggering loss of his or her salvation. Remember, Philippians 2:10 says that "every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." The lost will suffer a horrible threefold realization: they will realize that He is LORD, that they are LOST, and that it's too LATE. Another definition of the word apoleia is just one sobering word: waste. Their lives will have been a total waste. A life without Christ is a wasted life. All the energy, all the pain - for absolutely nothing. Praise God, with reverence, that your name is written in the "book of life." (Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit)And brought to mind many names of people I love dearly who do not know God and are not saved. Beth goes on with the reminder that our life is a vapor, here for a moment and vanishing quickly. But eternity.... How long is eternity? From our death to forever. Where will you be? You will not just cease to exist. You will exist and it can either be in the lake of fire or in the presence of God. Please, know that I do not say this so matter-of-fact-ly with no emotion. I am deeply grateful that mine and my children's names are written in that book, but I know of dear family who are not in that book and it is devastating me right now. How can I reach them? How can I communicate to them the severity of an eternity apart from God where they will suffer endlessly? How my heart breaks at the thought.