Because of sin (Rom. 3:23), God has confined all of mankind under the penalty of death (Rom. 6:23). Under this penalty, one lives apart from a relationship with God and is a child of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3). At the judgment, God will execute the penalty of death on all who have not had it removed (2 Th. 1:6-9). Apart from paying it oneself (not advisable), this penalty may be removed through a substitute, one who has never sinned and is not under the penalty of death. Jesus Christ was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 1 Jn. 3:5) and willingly died to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind (1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pt. 2:24). Jesus then was raised from the dead demonstrating that His payment had satisfied the wrath of God (1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 2:24). For those who receive Jesus as their substitute, God will view them as having already died (2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 3:3). They are free from the penalty of eternal death, and God instead gives them eternal life. Eternal life is a gift that cannot be earned by being good; God graciously gives it to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior (Eph. 2:8-9; Jn. 3:16). All who receive this gift enter into a new life (John 10:10). They are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) who have become children of God, have been joined to His family the church (Jn. 1:12; Eph. 2:19) and have been forgiven of all their sins (Acts 10:42-43). As God's children, they are qualified to receive an inheritance from Him (Col. 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:3-5) and reign with His Son Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10) in the kingdom which He will establish when He returns to judge the world (Dan. 7:13-14; Mt. 16:27). His kingdom will bring world-wide peace and prosperity as well as an end to disease, disasters, and confusion about God (Is. 2:1-4; 11:1-9, 35:1-10). In light of this awesome privilege, God calls His children to live no longer for themselves (2 Cor. 5:15; Rom. 14:7-9). Just as they received Christ by faith, they are to continue hearing and believing the word of God (Luke 8:8), the Bible, so that they might live in the way of God (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 5:10). And even though they might stumble and sin, Jesus Himself is presently in the heavens interceding on their behalf to provide on-going cleansing and forgiveness of sins (1 Jn. 1:9). Until He returns, the church is to continue His work of bringing people into the family of God (Mt. 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:18-20) and teaching them to walk in His ways. To accomplish this task, Jesus empowers His followers through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:4; Acts 2:1-4) to obey God's will and manifest the kingdom of heaven by casting out demons and healing the sick (Mk. 16:16-18). Those who walk worthy of this calling shall receive an inheritance (1 Pet. 1:4-7) in the kingdom. Unfortunately, not all of God's children will receive an inheritance, for the inheritance is a reward (Col. 3:23) for those who persevere in the faith and live their whole lives for God (2 Tm. 4:6-8). The Bible describes the condition for receiving the inheritance as having faith and patience (Heb. 6:11-12), enduring to the end (Mt. 10:22), overcoming (Rev. 2:26), and continuing in the faith (Col. 1:21-23). Those who fall away from the faith, who stop hearing and obeying God's word (Jam. 1:22), shall be disqualified for the inheritance (1 Cor. 9:24-27; Gal. 5:19-21). All of God's children shall appear before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of their lives (2 Cor. 5:9-10). Those who live by faith shall receive their reward. Those who walk away from God and return to their old lifestyle, fulfilling their own desires and ignoring God's, shall forfeit their inheritance (1 Cor. 3:14-15; 2 Jn. 1:8).