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Sometimes intense suffering such as depression clouds our thinking so much that we feel like death is our only escape. But please know, suicide is not the answer. No situation is without hope.

 

It’s worth saying though, that if a believer does take his life into his own hands, his eternal destiny is not in jeopardy.  If a person has trusted Jesus Christ as His Savior, recognizing that Christ and Christ alone is his only way to heaven, even suicide cannot take back his salvation. Scripture demonstrates this three ways.

 

First, recognize that eternal life does not begin once Christians die. It starts the moment a person has trusted Christ as his personal Savior:

 

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

Take note: a believer has eternal life right now, a believer will never come into judgment, and a believer has already passed from death into life. God cannot and will not undo what He has already done.

 

Second, Scripture assures us that nothing—no matter how terrible—separates believers from the love of God:

 

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

Third, note the divine transaction that takes place when a sinner comes to Christ:

 

“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).

That word accounted refers to a divine transaction in which God takes His Son’s righteousness and clothes us with it.  God no longer sees our sin; He only sees the perfection of His son.

 

Suicide won’t change the fact that we are saved on the basis of His Son’s perfect righteousness. We are accepted by God not based on what we have done for Him but on what Christ has done for us.

 

Suicide is never the answer. Unfortunate as suicide is, though, a believer’s eternal salvation remains unchanged.

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