Part of Living
Death is NOT part of living…
April 25th, 2019
Humanistic philosophy says that ‘dying is part of living’. If you understand what real death is then you have realized that death isn’t part of living. Death is where we exist if we aren’t living.
There comes a point in one’s existence when the body ceases to function any longer. That point is not death. But that point is the final conclusion of what state we will spend eternity in.
We are eternal beings. The saying is that there are only two things certain in life; death and taxes. Not true! Death is not inevitable. Dead is what we are before we surrender our lives over to the God of Creation.
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (CSB)
Eternity is built in to us. The key point is in what state will we will spend eternity. We are born into death. With our first breath we are born into sin and sin is death.
So hopeless was our condition that God sent his Son, to take our death sentence and give us life.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (CSB)
God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that we might not perish but have everlasting life.
That life is imparted to us upon our surrender to the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death.
1 John 3:14-15 (CSB)
Love is one of the prominent signs of a life dedicated to trusting in Jesus for their salvation. Because God is love when he puts His spirit in us, we can’t help but exude love. It is only when we surrender our lives we finally being living.
The crux of this devotional finished out verse fifteen above. “The one who does not love remains in death.” We are born into death we remain there until such time that we surrender our existence to the Creator. At that point we transition from death into life.
Remaining in death is a precarious state of being. The judgement takes place upon the very second when this physical body ceases to function any longer. When we depart this world, we either continue living, or if we are still dead in our sins, we will remain eternally dead. Taking the full brunt of the penalty of sin, which is death, eternal death.
As simple as it may seem, all it takes to begin living is to surrender our existence to Jesus in faith of the sacrifice he has made for our benefit. That’s it. Surrender to Jesus, trusting in the grace he has provisioned for us, repenting of our sins that plagued us while we were dead.
But when we do surrender, at that second new life is poured out upon us.
Live is imparted each of us that has surrendered to His Grace. It is then and only then we begin living. It’s unnecessary to exist in death. Living is “Part of Living”. But this only takes place when we are fused with life through Jesus’ unselfish work on the cross.
In the Grace of Jesus!