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Should we Christians look forward to, or fear death? Seek first Jesus!

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by , May 14th, 2017 at 10:54 AM (325 Views)
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What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, that is, sacrifice our lives. Not— “Lord, I am ready to go with You . . . to death” (Luke 22:33). But— “I am willing to be identified with Your death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.”

1 Corinthians 15: 55-57;

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Death to us becomes natural, but the Bible reveals it to be abnormal. Yet there is Spiritual truth that teaches us that our hope is not found in our blessings or rewards of God; it is found in a Person; namely Christ Jesus.

So, I have to ask myself, why the interest of death at all? It is my hope to not think of the need to eradicate it, for God thru Jesus has done that, and by the sanctity of my relationship to Him, I have nothing to fear in death. Yet I cherish death all the same. For unless we pass thru the Cross of Christ ourselves we know no life. So are we in a conundrum?

Do I search a better life or this life?

What's the difference? Have we learned nothing of what I just said? In Christ, victory is now. The shallow Christian will want to not pay the cost of living for Christ and God's will, and would have his druthers in only receiving blessings from God. But the mature Christian, and a loving relationship, will be enlightened to God's will over all other things; will want to love the Person back more than receive what is due him by promises; this then is life eternal - right here - right now - in the Person of Jesus Christ alone, then, and only then, can we absorb in good conscience - "...and all these other things will be added unto you." !

Truth is the belt we are to wear - always as our defense against any outside foe, as well as of the souls interpretations of who Christ is. Thus, it is (Spiritual) truth that delights God, when we wear it.

The Bible never allows us to waste time over the departed. It does not mean that the fact of human grief is ignored, but the worship of reminiscence is never allowed. We are to live in the moment, always with God, to call what is, what it is in the light of His Truth; in the Person of Jesus Christ.

When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come.

It is good to set our goes toward things to come in our Families business toward the Kingdom of God, for we will share in God's glory then and not yet, but if we are about His will now, is that not more to the point of identifying our love with God? So, in this discussion over death, we must ask the question: "Am I in love with His blessings and gifts more so than I am in love with the Person of Jesus Christ?" This will be a telling answer for us all.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may (not just see) but know the the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance In "His Holy People" and His incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1: 18-22).

I am reminded of the "Great Commission." Are we not focused on death as it is here and now in relationship to God's Spiritual Truths? I pray, we all, behind closed doors with God, (and not in a human reasoning debate), conclude this for ourselves.Let us let the Holy Spirit transform our minds to see death appropriately from all sides of His Truth; thru the eye's of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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