'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Continuing this afternoon, as promised, so that you have more to consider. Oh, is there 'something' more to 'life' than meets with the 'physical' that we see?????
Now, from the 'words of Jesus', what is one to dread about death and dying? We now know that there is an 'existence' other than this 'earthly one'. And, we know what happens to a believer in Jesus Christ.
But, has Christ answered the question, warned what will happen to those who 'do not sleep in Him'?
Of course He has! What is to be dreaded?
According to Jesus', reported at Matthew 10:28, 'Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.' And, again,
Luke 12:4-5 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”
Further, we find that those who did not trust Christ in this life will be separated from God and enter a reality completely devoid of His common grace and blessing. In the perfect Scripture example, 'the parable of the rich man and Lazarus', Jesus speaks of Lazarus as being taken to heaven when he dies but the rich man, because he did not heed the Scriptures, immediately entering into great torment and being excluded from the blessing of heaven [Luke 16:22-26. See also John 14:6].
[Notice, it was not because he was rich, nor that Lazarus was poor. The issue for both men - who they believed in as their God, no matter the earthly situation. Do not miss this most important fact of reality.]
Scripture speaks often of the painful reality that awaits those who do not place their faith in Christ to be rescued from sin [Matthew 13:30; 25:41; Luke 12:5; John 3:36; Romans 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:29].
Finally, and critically important and to the point - is there life after death, or, can one escape what they deem a terrible life now, into - nothingness?
We, being logical and intelligent people, see from all these things we have discussed that death is not the end of our existence. We have bodies and souls. Death is the separation of body and soul, not the end of our personhood. When we die our bodies become lifeless and are no longer the place where we "reside," but we continue to exist as souls, either with Christ in glory or separated from Christ in shame.
Knowing that death ushers us directly into the realities of either heaven or hell should make us look up to Christ as our refuge and salvation and should make us strive, as Paul, to "have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to him" [2 Corinthians 5:9].
Now, do not get me wrong. Even as a Christian, I do not know what the actual experience of dying will be like, because death is enshrouded in great mystery as the realm to which we have never gone. But I believe that all of us 'in Jesus' may take courage and lay aside our fears in the confidence that we have a God who time after time says to his people, "Do not be afraid" [Joshua 11:6; Isaiah 44:8; Matthew 14:27; 17:7; 28:10; Revelation 1:17].
God wants His people to be comforted in the face of death: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you" [Isaiah 43:1-2. see also Psalm 23]. So then, where is - our faith?? [Matthew 16:5-12]
On our next post. we will continue to see what other apostles have to say about death and dying, so that you have the entire picture for yourselves.
Again, you do not have to 'believe' me, but, allow the Scriptures to 'speak to your hearts'. Amen. Amen.
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