Musings 121

Genesis 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Col 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son

Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus

I found out today that a man I knew of and had a high appreciation for had died. Perhaps it sounds rather morbid to think on these things so much, but since all will die it is important to think on these things rather than just dismiss them and think on frivolities. It is appointed unto man to die and after that comes judgment. That is what has happened or will happen to each and every person that has ever lived. They have an appointed time to die and they will die, and then comes judgment.

As we think upon what will happen to people after death, it is not like those people pass into non-existence, but they enter into a state that they will be in for all eternity. This is not a denial of the bodily resurrection or the passing out of rewards or a last day, but all enter into a state of torment or a state of heavenly bliss. The degree of torment will change and the degree of the heavenly bliss will change on the judgment day, but the basic issue is settled once a person dies. This is so vital to realize.

All are born dead in sin and under the slavery of the evil one, yet by the grace of God people are delivered from that slavery. The glory of the grace of God is set with the background of the evil and despair of sin and the evil one. While it sounds so strange to say that people are born dead, that is to say that they are born spiritually dead and without the slightest bit of spiritual life to them. They must be born from above and be made spiritually alive or they will remain in death forever. The state of that death is the same in a sense, though when one dies physically one passes on to the second death where one remains in a state of spiritual death for eternity. This is the state where the person has no experience of the greatness and glory of God in His love and grace.

For those that God raises from spiritual death and grants spiritual life, they have that eternal life and that life is Christ. Those people taste life in this present world and when they die physically they will have a fuller and more blessed life for eternity. It is so hard for people who are consumed with the world to grasp these things, but these things are more real than the world we live in. It is like we live in a bubble (so to speak) before conversion and all we experience is a lie. As those dead to spiritual things we are fed lies about the reality of eternity, pleasure, God, and ourselves. Those who are dead have no sight and no sensibility at all of eternal things beyond what they can logically conceive of. It is horrible to live without God (sensible awareness and knowledge of) which is to live/exist without true life.

Men and women die and we have sorrow and we wonder why. But God is sovereign over all things even the day of our death. He is sovereign over the causes of how people leave this world. He loves His people far more than we ever could and as such He is not treating them with any cruelty. He has an eye to their eternal good and the eternal good of all that He has granted love for Himself, which is ultimately His own glory. We should not grieve as those who have no hope, but instead behold their deaths with spiritual eyes. Those to are for the glory of God and we should behold His glory in the Gospel in the saving of sinners when His people die. All die in accordance with His perfect wisdom and perfect timing. It may not feel like it, but we are to behold these things and interpret them in accordance with the character of God. The death of His children is precious in His eyes and He has transported them away from a place of suffering to a place where there can be no suffering. Let us bow and worship.

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