C H U R C H R E F O R M S E R I E S
By Biblicism Institute
Are you afraid of death?
LIFE AND DEATH
Think about this. You did not give Life to yourself. How you grew in the womb is a mystery even to scientists. Sure, they can explain it in terms of biology. But can they replicate it in a lab, without using the materials (DNA, sperm, eggs, etc.) that God provided?
Even if they could, would their creation have Life? That’s the crux. How on earth do Life and physical growth really occur together in the womb?
Only God knows.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139:13
Whether big or small as a fetus, the body is distinct from Life. Life gives life to a body of any size. The One who puts Life in your body removes it upon the death of the body – whether that death is natural or induced.
Who puts Life there? God. Where does that Life go upon death? Back to God.
“…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
Then God is the one you’ll be seeing after you die. Because the Life that leaves your body upon death is YOU. The real YOU. Complete with the good and the bad. All engraved in YOU.
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8
Ask yourself these fundamental questions.
Can a sinful person stand in front of a sinless God? Can an imperfect man stand in the presence of a perfect Creator?
No and Yes.
On your own you can’t do it.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
“He will say… ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ ” Matthew 25:41
But with Christ you can. Yes, you can.
When you accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, His blood washes you clean.
” ‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ ” Isaiah 1:18
“…wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
“For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28
And when you ask Christ to live in you, the two of you become one person, one Life. With Christ in you, the perfect God will see the perfect Son in you.
“If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10
Consequently, salvation is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10: 9-10
Christians and non-Christians are not treated equally upon death.
1) True Christians, who follow God’s commandments, go to be with the Lord when they die.
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
They live and reign with Him in Heaven, because they are partakers of the first resurrection (i.e., salvation in the resurrected Christ, who performed the world’s first resurrection).
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection! The second death [or eternal hell] has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:6
The thousand-year period is not literal, just like the thousand in the following verse is not literal either:
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10
The word thousand in these instances means many or a great amount. The cattle on the thousand and first and second and third hills do not belong to someone else, they still belong to God.
With that same understanding, Christ is now reigning over the earth through the New Order or the New Covenant, and no one but God knows when that unlimited period will end.
2) Those who are NOT Christians are dead in spirit.
“The Spirit [of Christ] gives life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10
The dead in spirit are placed in a holding pattern after their physical death. They await Judgment Day which will come about following the thousand-year reign of Christ and the end of the world.
“They [Christians] came to life [in heaven] and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead [non-Christians] did not come to life until the thousand years were completed…The dead [non-Christians] were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books… Anyone whose name was not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life [Jesus’s Book of Life] was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:4,5,12,15
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem [the Assembly of all Christians], coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband [Jesus]. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’ ” Revelation 21:2-3
“Then we [Christians] who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17
The real reason people fear their death is because of the second death (or eternal hell). They quite presciently feel that it is waiting for them.
If that’s you, you can save yourself.
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