The Reign of Death

The fear of death is something that whether one admits it to him or herself, is always in the back of the mind, heart, or sometimes in the pit of the stomach. It is part of the human condition since Adam, “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God”. The older one gets the more one realizes the inevitability of its occurrence. The older one gets the more one experiences the deaths of acquaintances, friends, and family. Death is always about, lurking, waiting, waiting for the appointed time.

Death is certain, there is no way out, no reprieve; but there is hope.

There is indeed hope; more than hope, there is even certainty for those who believe. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”  Does that mean you shall never die? No! but when you do you shall rise again. How do I know that? Listen to this Christian saint who died over a hundred years ago.

“The first Adam dies, and we die in him, but the second Adam dies and we live in Him! The first Adam’s grave proclaims only death; the second Adam’s grave announces life – “I am the resurrection and the life.” We look into the grave of the one and we see only darkness, corruption and death; we look into the grave of the other, and we find there only light, incorruption, and life. We look into the grave of one and find that he is still there, his dust still mingling with its fellow dust about it; we look into the grave of the other and we find that He is not there.  He is risen – risen as our forerunner into the heavenly paradise, the home of the risen and redeemed. We look into the grave of the first Adam and see in him the first-fruits of them that have died, the millions that have gone down to that prisonhouse whose gates he opened; we look into the tomb of the second Adam, and we see in Him the first-fruits of them that are to rise, the first-fruits of that bright multitude, that glorified band, who are to come forth from that cell, triumphing over death and rising to eternal life; not through the tree that grew in the earthly paradise, but through him whom that tree of life prefigured – through Him who was dead and is now alive and who liveth for evermore, and who has the keys of Hell and Death.”   Horatius Bonar; Thoughts on Genesis: Grand Rapids: Kregel, n.d.), 274-75 Original edition 1875.

Yeah, Horatius died, but Horatius is not in his grave.

Oh yeah, if you were to go to the churchyard where his grave is and open it, you would find some old bones and dust; but you most certainly would not find Horatius; for Horatius ain’t there. Horatius has gone to be with the Lord. Horatius is home, Horatius ain’t dead. Paul told the believers in Philippi: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

Nobody is immune from death, all will taste its bitter cup.

Believers in the Lord Jesus are destined to die once as are all men; however for the followers of Jesus, the adopted children of God; once is enough; no second death. That second death, that terrible death awaits the unbelievers, those not cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. Jesus’ blood is sufficient for the cleansing of men, but it will cleanse only those who will receive the offered cleansing.

John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

No second death and eternal life with a Holy Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. If you want it, you got it.

Read the Bible, go to a Bible-believing church that teaches the unalloyed Gospel of Jesus Christ, talk to True Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and learn of Him. But I warn you; there are many deceivers in the world who pretend to present the truth who present instead nothing but a false gospel is taught. How can you tell the difference? Matt 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

Read the Bible, pray, and seek out True Christian companionship; above all pray, pray, and pray some more.

About Lawrence Blair

Been there, done that, found something or should I say, Someone better, the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm here to toot His horn, not mine.