It is people’s common viewpoint that only on the judgment day will they know if their souls are saved or not. It is written in the Holy Scripture that salvation will no longer be found on the judgment day. Hebrews 9:27 states that when a man dies, he is to face judgment; meaning, he shall proceed to where he deserves to go – eternal damnation is for those who deserve to be punished while eternal life is for those whose souls are saved.
If a man has not been saved when he was still alive, will he still be able to obtain salvation after his death?
Still according to Hebrews 9:27 – after one’s death is judgment or punishment. The Bible expresses this truth in the teaching of our Lord. In the 6th chapter of Luke for example, we will discover that when the rich man died, he found himself in the sea of hell. It is true that one, after his death, shall know whether he is saved or not. It’s just that he can no longer change it. He will no longer have the chance to be saved. In Luke 16:22-25, the character realized that he isn’t saved.
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died and was buried. And in hell, he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.”
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”
If one is already in hell, may he still escape or may any other individual lift him from such place?
Expressed in Luke 16:25-26, when a man is already dead and judged, his sentence is final and irrevocable; thus, he won’t be taken from there anymore. He shall stay there until the coming of “The Great White Throne Judgment” (Revelation 20). According to 2 Peter 2:9, the wicked man who died stays in hell and is reserved for the Great Judgment. Therefore, after his death, salvation will totally be out of reach. The only chance to be saved is while one is still alive. He has all the chances to hear the words of God, the gospel of his salvation and through it shall he receive the Lord, repent for his sins and start a new life serving God. In death, the hope for salvation also dies. But while a man lives, thee hope, chance and opportunity to be saved is always within reach.