Humanity sees death every day. We all think of death regularly. Most people fear death to one degree or another. Have you ever thought about how God views death?
In years gone by, when a pregnant woman would feel her stomach getting tight for the first time during a pregnancy, it was called the ‘quickening’. This served as proof that the baby was alive before ultrasounds allowed viewing. W.C. Hunter, of ‘The World’s Church of The Living God’, preached on the subject of ‘quickening’ and had some interesting things to say. Rev. Hunter stated that we are quickened when we come alive in Christ.
Rev. Hunter also reminded us that when Adam sinned, everyone died. This is what God sees. The unredeemed are dead men walking. God saw that we all needed to be given new life as sin had brought death to all.
In the 18th chapter of Ezekiel we read:
“Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore, turn and live.
Real insight into God’s view of death is found in Luke 9:60. This verse leaves little doubt about the condition of the unredeemed.
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
Death doesn’t give pleasure to God and certainly not to mankind. The books of law in the Bible make it very clear that death is caused by sin. The Bible also teaches that Satan has the power of death, but God has the power of life.
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil…Hebrews 2:14
Here is the TRUTH. It is great news for mankind:
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved…Ephesians 3:4-5
The passage goes on to say:
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6-7
Trusting Christ is choosing life.
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
This is the theme of the entire Bible.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live…Deuteronomy 30:19
‘Choose’ is an important word, especially when used in the Bible.
Therefore, choose life.
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