“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” 2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT
What a comfort to know that the current body we live in is only temporary. The natural process of growing old takes us away from our ability to stay young, healthy, and active. The older we get the faster time seems to move. Time appears to be our enemy as it takes us closer to death. The only hope we have is to know that this life isn't the only life. Simply knowing that eternity lies before us, we find comfort in the realization that the death of our human bodies isn't the end of life. Death to us, in the natural, is the cessation of our mortal bodies. Death to God is separation from Him spiritually. Sin separates us from God.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.” Ephesians 2:1 NLT
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, in Genesis 3:1-7, mankind died spiritually immediately. Eventually, because of sin, their bodies surrendered to physical death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NLT
If we refuse to repent of our sin, we will receive its penalty-eternal separation from God in hell (see 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
However, if we confess our sin, repent, and receive Jesus as our payment for sin, we will live eternally (see I John 1:9 and Romans 10:8-13).
Because the Lord Jesus became a human being, lived a sinless life, and died as the substitution for our sins, we can receive eternal life. When we accept Jesus as our payment for sin, the spiritual death that was upon us is removed and we stand right with God. We still have to face the death of our bodies unless Jesus returns before that happens. Either way, because of what Jesus has accomplished, we can have confidence that we live forever. One day, we will receive a new body, one that is free from sin, sickness, suffering, sorrow, and struggling against Satan.
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” Philippians 3:20-21 NLT
Let the children of God rejoice. Death is defeated! Hallelujah!!!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I trust fully in your accomplished work of salvation. Help me not to live for this life, but live to live again.
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Rev. Curtis Norris