A Perspective on Life and Death-Part 2

If you haven’t read yesterday’s article, may I encourage you to do that. Its context is very important to today’s subject! A born again Christian doesn’t die! Before you think that I’ve “gone over the top,” consider John 11:26: “And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Eternal life cannot die! If it could it wouldn’t be eternal. The body dies, but all who know Jesus, as Savior and Lord, remain Spiritually alive. What about death, then? It’s the death of the body. However, that’s not the end of the matter. This death is not a period on life, it’s a comma! Think carefully on I Corinthians 15:51-53: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead (body) shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) must put on immortality.” So, our temporary home is stored somewhere on earth, usually in a grave, awaiting that glorious moment when Jesus: “….shall change our vile (lowly) body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.” (From Colossians 3:21). When living on earth ends for the genuine Christian: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians  5:8). We, who know Him, do not die. We simply go home! Our brief time on earth was to prepare for our going home. Meanwhile, when we get home, our bodies await a transformation that transcends our complete understanding. In the hymn, “Until Then,” Stuart Hamblin put it this way: “This weary world with all its toil and struggle may take its toll of misery and strife; The soul of man is like a waiting falcon — when it’s released, it’s destined for the skies (and beyond). But until then my heart will go on singing, until then with joy I’ll carry on  — until the day my eyes behold the city, until the day God calls me home.” Selah! Life here is just a very brief and difficult time to get ready for our permanent home that is perfect!  Ron

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