Tuesday, 26 July 2011 12:42
There's a time to be born and a time to die (Eccl. 3:2). The believer has the comfort of Christ's presence in the act of dying. Jesus Christ stood for us in Calvary. He stands by us in life. He will go with us through the valley of the shadow of death.
The act of dying is instantaneous, but death may be produced by a variety of causes. Disease, accidents, self-inflicted wounds are considered causes of death. Others die in infancy, youth, middle age, or old age, but the act itself is in the hands of God. God give life, and He takes it. The instrument of death are under God's control.
In Scripture, the major subject of Hebrew 9 and 10 is death. In history, man is born, lives and dies once physically. From a different perspective in history, Jesus Christ was born, lived, and died once physically. The nature of physical death is the same in all. It originated with Adam. Adam sinned and brought death on himself and all his posterity (Romans 5:12).
Man is passive in both life and death. God has determined the time appointed. In him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:25-25-26). As man does not perceive the change wrought on his soul in regeneration, he does not perceive the change wrought in his dying. by in regeneration, he does not perceive the change wrought in his dying . By being quickened by spirit, the elected sinner is regenerated, and by death he is admitted into the eternal state.
The christians views death the same way he sees his sin. Both were borne by Jesus Christ at Calvary. He who lives and believes in Jesus Christ shall never die (John 11:26) He has life instead of death. Christ is the prince of life to the Christian; therefore, he shall not see death in its full consequence.
Jesus Christ was victorious not only in His death but also in the abolishment of death for His people. He was resurrected out among the dead by His own power. The spirit of one who knows Christ as Savior and Lord was expressed by Simeon when he spoke of his death as a departure, not something to be feared: “Lord, now let they servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:29-30).
Every person should consider his latter end. His attitude should be that of the Psalmist, “Lord, make to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am” (Psalm 39:4), so what makes death the object of universal apprehension and dread?
The accountability one must give to God, not the act of death itself, is the object of universal apprehension and dread. All men know God's existence, and they know that they must face Him. To the child of God, there is life instead of death and not life after death.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
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