We Will Not Die!

Transformation…

August 13th, 2019

 “’Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes”

The earliest reference I could find to the surety of ‘Death and Taxes’, was The Cobbler of Preston by Christopher Bullock (1716), noted above. The phrase has been modified and fashioned by numerous individuals, literally over thousands of years.

Perhaps the most popular rendition has been “only two things are inevitable in this world; death and taxes”.

Bottom line is everyone who has ever stated this as fact, is in fact, wrong. While taxes may be much more difficult to avoid, avoiding death is easy!

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!

1 Corinthians 15:51 (NLT)

If we don’t experience that second birth, inevitably we will die twice. In fact, if you’ve not experienced the second birth as of now, you have already begun to experience the beginning throws of your first death; a spiritual death.

I say beginning because spiritual death starts with physical life. The punctuation doesn’t take place until our physical death.

On the other hand, if you experience birth of the Spirit then you only need die once.

Jesus told Nicodemus…

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

John 3:3 (NLT)

This statement by the Lord either baffled the scholar of the day or he was being flippant. Regardless Jesus made it clear…

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.”

John 3:5-6 (NLT)

The flesh is temporal. We have a physical component to our lives, but we are spiritual creatures and therefore eternal.

When the scripture talks about being born of the Spirit it doesn’t determine our eternal existence, it changes our eternal destination.  The second death is eternal separation from God. If that were not severe enough, in addition to God casting you away from his presence, he casts those who are dead spiritually into the outer darkness of hell, where there is excruciating pain and suffering for all of eternity.

Think of your worst pain and torment, then multiply that by a number we can’t fathom. Make its duration an infinite length of time; then you might have begun to understand what hell is all about.

I’ve known people who will jest about hell when confronted with the Gospel of Jesus and say things like, ‘Yeah, I’m headed straight for hell and I can’t wait to get there! All my friends will be there, and we will have one huge party!

Sadly, there will be no party in hell, there will be isolation, there will be pain, and there will be torment beyond imagination.

Even if we don’t take advantage of God’s Grace, He imparts a form of grace by giving us our entire physical lives to enter into a relationship with Him by accepting the Grace of Jesus which will pardon us for the sin that separates us from Him.

Just so we are clear. God considers spiritual death to be separated from him. We are born into that separation. It requires being resurrected through Jesus to attain this new spiritual life.

If we created two timelines, one of the followers of Jesus Christ, the other of those who choose not to trust in Jesus for their salvation they’d look something like this.

What happens is both start out dying spiritually. The believer at the point that they place their faith and trust in the Grace Jesus offers, is born of the Spirit, at that point they are spiritually alive forever.

For the one who chooses to reject this gift of grace they remain in death spiritually till their physical life end, then they spend eternity separated from God.

On the physical side, both the believer and non believers’ physical lives come to an end.

But unlike the non-believer, the follower of Jesus is given an incorruptible body which will last throughout eternity, never grow old, never feel pain, and never know sorrow.

So, the secret is out.

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!

1 Corinthians 15:51 (NLT)

When our physical bodies are worn out and physical life ends as we understand it. The Christian’s spiritual live continues to live in eternity with God. God will also give us new incorruptible physical bodies that will last forever!

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

1 John 3:2-3 (NLT)

If you are a follower of Jesus understand the gift you’ve been given and the importance to share that Good News with everyone you possibly can.

If you’re not, your time is limited and once your physical body succumbs to death, your spiritual death will be accomplished and irreversible.

We live twice and only die once, if we don’t experience that second birth, we will die twice. You can escape death.

We Will Not Die”, if we accept the gift, our lives are transformed!

In His Grace!
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