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Death

They say there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. Some people evade their taxes, but no one evades death. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, this world has known death. Romans 5:12 tells us “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam), sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.” The same chapter goes on to show us that as one man, Adam, brought death to the world; so one Man, Jesus, through His death and resurrection, has brought life to those who trust Him.

When do we die?
We were born dead in sin. Every human being born into this world is born spiritually dead as a result of the curse of sin we inherit from our father Adam. Ephesians 2:1-3 describes our plight as sinners; spiritually dead and under the power and influence of Satan. Eventually we die physically just as our first father died physically.

Death is our enemy.
Dress is up, if you will, and refer to it as “a normal next step of life.” Death is still not a pretty sight. For many, death is a painful, lingering experience. Thank God for the dear hospice people who so lovingly help us and help our dying loved ones pass through the experience of physical death. We vainly try to mask death as a friend, but Paul describes death as our enemy in I Corinthians 15:26.

Death is like a swarm of killer bees–without stingers.
Because of Jesus’ bodily resurrection; Paul in I Cor. 15:55-56 explains to us that death has been swallowed up in victory. For the Christian, death is a victorious Home-Going! For the Christian death is likened to being chased by a swarm of killer bees who’s only terror is the buzzing sound they make as they surround us. Christ has removed the stingers.

Satan thinks he has scored a victory when we Christians experience death and are buried in the grave, but because of Christ’s resurrection, our resurrection is guaranteed and so Paul mocks the grave with the words, “O grave, where is thy victory?”

When do we receive eternal life?
For the Christian, eternal life begins the moment we are born again through faith in Christ. For the Christian, death is like falling asleep in this world and instantly waking up in the presence of Christ. In II Corinthians 5:1-5 Paul beautifully describes death for the Christian as the dissolving of his old body and the putting on of new glorified body. He clearly states that to be absent from our dead physical body is to be present with the Lord. The body sleeps until Christ returns to this earth to call us from our grave. The soul never sleeps. The unsaved soul goes immediately to hell to await the final judgement when his body is resurrected from the grave to be reunited with his ever-living soul, to be cast into the Lake of Fire described in Revelation 20:11-15. David in Psalm 23 describes death for God’s children as a shadow and God promises to be with us as we pass through the “shadow of death.”

I thank God for saving me when I put my trust in Christ as a nine year old boy, and for the joy I have experienced for over sixty-five years walking with Him every day. Proverbs 4:18 describes it so beautifully. “But the path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more (brighter and brighter) unto the perfect day. I’m not walking towards the sunset, but towards the Sunrise. Come join me in that walk by trusting Christ as your Saviour and learning to know Him through His Word.

June 5, 2006 - Posted by | Death

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