Can Someone Repent In Their Last Breath And Be Saved?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Question: Hello, I was wondering if you could help answer this question for me, and direct me to the right scriptures for future reference. Can someone lead a sinful life, have no relationship with God, but repent to God and claim him as their savior with their last dying breaths and still be saved?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Nichole.
Absolutely, but it must be genuine. We cannot con or hope to trick God, He is a heart knower (Acts 1:24). Our Father knows our intentions. If someone truly repents on their death bed and accepts Christ into their life they will be saved.
I know this upsets some Christians. They say, I have led a perfect or near perfect life, why should that sinner be saved when they converted in their final breath? There is a lot more to “being saved” than people realize. But, aside from that we should be happy for those who have found Christ, no matter what stage of their life that is.
I would like to document and explain some things concerning this subject Nichole. Turn you Bible with me to,
9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
You asked for documentation and this is the basic qualifier to be saved. The person must have a true change of heart and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now please turn your Bible with me to Luke 23 for a moment, we will be reading about the two malefactors who hanged on either side of Jesus Christ during His crucifixion.
39 “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.”
40 “But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?”
41 “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.”
42 “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
One of the two malefactors recognized they were in the presence of the Son of God. He even asked Christ to remember him.
43 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
While this man was a sinner himself, He was forgiven by Christ right there on the cross, essentially at the moment of his final breath.
We should note, there is a lot more to Christianity than just being saved though. There are our works, whether they be good or bad, let me explain for a moment.
A lot of people think of Judgement Day as a day of doom. For some it will be, but for some it will be reward day. The righteous, those who stand by God will be rewarded for their righteous works.
Turn your Bible with me to Matthew 6 and listen to the Word’s of Jesus Christ.
19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Treasures in Heaven are your good works. 1 Corinthians 2:9 states, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
Turn your Bible with me one final time to,
12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
Our reward in Heaven is dependent on our righteous works.
So while someone can convert on their death bed which is a wonderful thing, they have no righteous works, so they will not have many rewards in Heaven.