Death Is Separation From That Which Lives

Where Are the Dead?

In every aspect of this separation, it is sin that causes the death. There is no real life (i.e. God’s Life) in sin, and therefore, sin is death (Romans 6:23). We Christians know that life comes from God. Therefore, true life requires God – our repentance from sin and our burying that sin in baptism from which we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-6)!

It is fair to say that unless Christ returns first, we will all die (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Only two in all of Holy Writ escaped physical death: Enoch (Genesis 5:22-24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11). It is equally fair to say that unless the soul possesses the life of Christ (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-4) when it departs from this tabernacle called a body, that soul will not live eternally with God! Thus, realizing the certainty of physical death, it is imperative we realize the certainty of spiritual life (Romans 8:6).

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Where Are The Dead? by Michael J. Davis. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Creation Proves the Power and Faithfulness of God

The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, for all things are Your servants” (Psalm 119:90-91).

The opening words of Scripture contain this fundamental fact: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Jesus was instrumental in this. John wrote, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3). This physical world continues “according to [His] ordinances” (Psalm 119:91). Paul said of Christ, “All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

Immediately after the flood, God promised that His providential care would continue perpetually: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). His care “throughout all generations” (Psalm 119:90) is a “witness” of Him to “all the nations” (Acts 14:16-17).

If the earth can stand as long as it has, we can trust God’s word to stand. The psalmist said that heaven and earth “stand this day according to [God’s] ordinances” (Psalm 119:91). This is important to remember because it also pertains to our spiritual well-being. Just as physical birth continues through God’s providence (Genesis 4:1; 1 Timothy 2:15), spiritual rebirth continues through His word. Peter wrote, “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). God continues to give us spiritual life if we will trust and obey Him. His ongoing care in matters of this life are enough to prove to us that we can safely trust in Him.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!