Read: Matthew 25:31-46
The consequence for failing to do what is right in the sight of God is everlasting punishment. It is the result of falling short of God’s glory. But God has provided a way to peace through personal faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. But the important thing to note is that only you can choose that way. The effect of the choice is seen in Matt. 25:46 which says, “These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Jonathan Edwards said, “That you may escape the dreadful and eternal torments, you must embrace Him who came into the world for the purpose of saving sinners from such torments. He alone has paid the whole debt due to the divine law, and has exhausted eternal sufferings. What great encouragement it is that you are exposed to eternal punishment, that there is a Saviour provided who offers to save you from that punishment, and that He will do it in a way which is perfectly in keeping with the glory of God. In fact, it is more to the glory of God than it would be if you should suffer the eternal punishment of hell. Those who are sent to hell will never pay the whole of the debt which they owe to God. Justice can never be actually satisfied in their damnation, but it is satisfied in Christ. Therefore, He is accepted of the Father, and all who believe are accepted and justified in Him.”
The course of your life is dependent on the choice you make in life, the choice concerning the person of Jesus Christ. You can ignore Him or accept Him, but you cannot avoid Him. Jonathan Edwards was a preacher who preached powerfully about the horror of hell because he understood what was at risk in the lives of his listeners. If you understand that the eternal torment of hell awaits anyone who rejects Christ, embrace Him who came into this world for the purpose of saving sinners from those torments.