John 10:27-28 My
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give
unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of my hand.
Timothy 1:10 But
is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to
light through the gospel:
Corinthians 15:55 O
death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
of the evil happening in the world today are as a result of man’s
erroneous belief that death is the end of all things – the "man die
go" theory. As a result many deviate to every available negative
means – lying, stealing, robbery, cheating, duping, killing,
prostitution etc to get wealth or money in order to enjoy the "one"
life. Let us eat and drink they say, for tomorrow we die. I will
never forget the experience I had with a young lady some years ago.
I had wanted to get the gospel across to her. After listening
briefly to me she replied in 'pidgin English' "leave me booo, make I
enjoy my life, you no know say death dey front.” This simply means,
leave me alone to enjoy my life before death catches up with me.
are also known who resort to various means - ritualistic sacrifices,
accumulation of so called protective charms; witchcraft etc in order
to protect and prolong their lives. Death that dreadful word, no one
wants to mention! But quite unknown to many, death has a solution -
a remedy, a cure. Death has been defeated, destroyed and abolished.
There is now HOPE beyond the grave, there is a resurrection, there
is another life – the life which is life indeed! So, if a man dies,
shall he live again? The answer is yes, yes and yes again; and you
too will live and live again if you would believe. In this message
we shall be looking at (i) What death is (ii) The cause of death
(iii) Remedy for death.
What is death? For us to clearly understand what death is, we shall
first be looking at the nature of man. The Bible is the only Book in
the whole world that gives us satisfactory and true account of man's
beginning. In Gen. 1:27 we read "So, God created man in His own
image - ... male and female created He them. Mal. 2: 10 says "Have
we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? and Acts 17:26
says For God" hath MADE of one blood all nations of men to dwell in
all the face of earth". So, God made man, period. God made man a
tripartite being; to consist of three component parts; body, soul
and spirit, Gen. 2:7 says “ The LORD GOD formed man of the dust of
the ground (body) and breathed into his nostrils the breath (Spirit) of
the, and man became a living soul. 1 Thess 5:23 says “And the very
God of Peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole Spirit
and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ. Also Heb4:12 says “for the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any two –edged sword, piercing even to
the dividing of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and narrow….
are other scripture that talk about the soul and spirit in man.
Isaiah 5 7:16 says "The souls which I have made" Zech. 12: 1 says
... "Thus says the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded
the earth and formed the Spirit of man within him" See also Job
32:8, Num. 16:22, 2 Cor. 4: 16.
the Spirit that gives man God consciousness - the ability to
communicate with God. The soul gives man self consciousness - the
ability to be a person - personality while the body gives man world
conscious - the ability through the sense to understand.
However these three components of man can be classified into two -
the physical element - (the body) and the spiritual (soul & spirit).
This is why some scripture simply talk about the body and spirit as
in 1 Cor 6:20, “that ye glorify God in your body and in your
spirit:”……. Job 14:22 says “His flesh upon him shall have pain and
his soul within him shall mourn. 2 Cor 4:16 simply says the “outward
man” and the “inward man” The outward man or body is mortal, that is
subject to decay or corruption or death (Rm. 6:12, 8:11) the inward
man or soul is the man. The body is our earthly house.In 2 Corith
5:1 the scripture says “ for we know that if our earthly house of
this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house
not made with hands, eternal in heaven. See also 2 Pet. 1:13, 14;
Phil. 1:21-24. The soul can exist while separated from the body (2
Cor. 5:8, Lk. 16: 19-31)
Matt. 17: 1-3 we see a striking example to the above. Moses and
Elijah talked to Jesus on the mount. Yet, the scripture recorded in
Deut. 34:5, 6 that Moses died in the land of Moab and was buried in
a valley. But we read here he appeared on the Mount. He is not
resurrected from the dead yet, but it clearly shows that his soul
was not destroyed with his body. Jesus taught that the ancient
prophets were still living - Matt. 22:32 - "I am the God of Abraham
and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, God is not the God of
the dead but of the living. John also under the Alter saw the souls
of them that were slain for the word God (Rev. 6:9, 10).
THEN IS DEATH? From the above discussions, we can safely say that
death as applied to man in scripture means separation. Natural death
is the separation of the physical (body) from the spiritual (soul &
spirit). In James 2: 26 we read "for the body without the spirit is
dead ...” and Gen. 35:16 - 19 gives us a vivid description of death
thus "And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little
way to come to Ephrath: and Rachael travailed, and she had hard
labour. Vs. 18 and it came to pass, as her SOUL was in DEPARTING
(FOR SHE DIED) that she called him Benoni: but his father called him
Benjamin vs. 19 and Rachael DIED and was buried. Also Acts 5: 10 and
Lk. 2:46 described it as yielding up the Ghost. So at death there is
simply a separation between the physical and the spiritual. The body
returns. to the dust and the spirit departs to the place determined
by the word of God, depending on the life such a one lived on Earth
i.e. how he obeyed or failed to obey God's Holy Word (Gen. 3: 19;
Ecc.12:7, Lk. 16: 19 €23). The real us is our Soul (the inner man).
When the Soul leaves the body, the body cannot talk, or walk, or
think but the Soul can do all these
CAUSE OF DEATH: Though we have dwelt mainly on the Physical death,
the Scripture talks of other death- the spiritual death and the
Second or eternal death. The spiritual death is separation from God
because of Sin (Matt 8:22, Ezekiel 2:1, 5, Col 2: 13) One
spiritually dead can be alive physically or he can be dead
physically and alive in hell, Conscious in the' Soul and Spirit or
the inner man. Before one dies physically, he can be resurrected
from this type of death. This takes place when one is saved from
death in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2: 1-10), when he repents and is
born again (Lk. 13: 1-5; In. 3: 1-8), when he is made a new creature
in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17-18) and is fully reconciled to God through
Christ (Eph. 2: 12-16; Col 1: 20-22, 2 Cor. 5: 14-21).
second or eternal death means the eternal separation from God in
the lake of fire because of one's refusal to repent before he dies
physically (Rev. 2: 11; 20:6,14; 21:8, Matt 25:41)
Nevertheless, whichever type of death there is a root cause for
death generally. In Rom. 5: 12 we read "wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by SIN; and so death pass upon
all men, for that all have sinned. James 1: 15 puts it this way,
"when lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and SIN, when it is
FINISHED bringeth forth death. So death is the direct result of sin
(disobedience to God's word) SIN IS THE BASIC cause of death. The
soul that sinneth shall die it (Eze. 18:20). For the wages of SIN is
death Rm. 3:23. By the fall of Adam through disobedience (Gen.
2:15-17, 3: 1-6) the body became a dying, death-dommed body. Ever
since, man is born with an appointment with death - it is appointed
unto men once to die (Heb. 9:27). Sickness, disease, poison,
accidents or whichever means a man dies are not the cause of death
but the immediate agency that is used to execute the sentence that
was pronounced on mankind in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3: 17-19).
REMEDY FOR DEATH We have already seen that death came in as a result
of sin and passed on to all men because all have sinned. Therefore
for death to be totally defeated in the life of man, sin must first
of all be taken out of the way. Sin must be forgiven and cleansed
out of our lives. For this to be possible, the penalty - death, must
be paid by one who know no sin. There must be a sacrificial death
for Heb 9:22b says "without the shedding of blood there is no
remission for sins. This is exactly what JESUS CHRIST came down from
heaven to do. In John 3: 16 we read "for God so loved the world
that" he gave his only begotten son (delivered his only begotten son
to die) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish (because
he will receive forgiveness and cleansing of sin) but have
everlasting life. In Matt. 20:28 Jesus himself said "the son of man
came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life
a ransom for many. John the Baptist spoke of Him thus "Behold the
Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world - John 1:29.
JESUS LIVED A SINLESS LIFE.
we look at the death of Christ that actually took away our sins and
gave us victory over death, we will first examine his life to be
very sure he really lived without sin. The scriptures are our surest
reference for God CANNOT
LIE. In 1 Peter 2:21, 22 we read, Christ .... did no sin neither
was guile found in his mouth. 1 Cor. 5:21 “for He hath made Him to
be sin for us, who knew no sin. Heb. 4: 15 says for we have not an
high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin. Jesus himself challenged the Jews in John 8:46 thus
"which of you convinceth me of sin? Pontius Pilate, who was Jesus
Judge examined Him and said, "I find in Him no fault at all. Even
the thief on the cross, Lk. 23:41, referring to Jesus, said, "This
man hath done nothing amiss". Judas Iscariot who was one of the
disciples and who later betrayed Him testified in Matt. 27:4 "I have
sinned, in that I have betrayed INNOCENT
BLOOD". And from a hardened Roman Soldier came a wonderful
testimony, "CERTAINLY, this
was a RIGHTEOUS man".
from the mouth of Jews and Gentiles, from the mouth of a faithful
and a faithless disciple, from the mouth of a Judge who also is a
politician and a governor, from the mouth of a hardened criminal - a
condemned thief, all say, this man, Jesus" committed no sin; he has
done nothing amiss, there is no fault in Him at all, he is INNOCENT,
he is a Righteous man. Therefore, let no man deceive you into
believing that Jesus committed sins and so died for His own sins.
Those are cultic, satanic teachings that are meant to carry you
wholesale into Hell. Be warned! Jesus was sinless both externally
JESUS DIED: it
is a fact of history that Jesus died some two thousand years ago. He
did not die ordinary death but was crucified (hanged) on the cross.
He was about the age of 331/2. He
was crucified at about 9.00 a.m. and died about 3.00 p.m. The
scripture testify of this. It will be very good for you to pick your
Bible and read the whole account of this in Matt. 27:33-56, Lk.
23:32-49, Mark 15:22-37 and John 19:16-30. Do not ignore this. You
can read the whole chapters of each to have a clearer understanding
too: Jesus died and was certified dead! I warn you again concerning
false teachers who say that Jesus did not die, that he only fainted
and later was revived. Those are satanic ministers designed to send
you to hell. BEWARE!
have already seen that there must be a sacrificial death for sin to
be purged away (Heb. 9:22). Being therefore human and sinless Jesus
became an acceptable sacrifice on Calvary for our sins. Through his
death on the cross, He presented to God a sacrifice sufficient to
pay for the sins of all mankind. The scripture says “... but now,
once …. He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
(Heb. 9:26). Again “. . . Christ was offered once to bear the sins
of many ... " (Heb. 9:28) He was delivered for our offences (Rm.
4:25). For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust that He might bring us to God (I Pet. 3: 18) Christ died for
our sins, according to the scriptures (i.e. in fulfillment of the
scriptures) - I Cor. 15:3. In Heb. 2:9, we read this wonderful
scripture, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour;
that he by the grace of God should TASTE DEATH
FOR EVERY MAN." In verses 14 and 15 of the same Hebrews chapter
two we read "for as much then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, he also himself likewise 'took part of the same; that
through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that
is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to bondage.
Christ has tasted death for you and delivered you from every form of
death (if you believe) He has also by his death destroyed he that
has the power of death - the devil. To prove this beyond every
reasonable doubt he ROSE again on the third day and is alive forever
more. Halleluyah! So, the sting of death is broken and death is
swallowed up in victory. O death where is thy sting? O grave where
is thy victory? Death has been abolished (2 Tim. 1:10)
WHAT SHOULD THIS MEAN TO US
refer to the Scriptures: 2 Corith 5: 15 "And that he died for all,
that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but
unto him which died for them, and rose again". What do the
scriptures mean here? It means that you repent of your sins, that
you stop toying with sin, that you stop petting sin in your life,
that you stop being a fool for it is a fool who calls sin enjoyment,
that you stop living in hypocrisy, that you repent of all your sins
and surrender your life fully to Him who died for you to pay the
penalty for your sins so you can have victory over DEATH, whether
physical, spiritual or eternal. Do this and it shall be WELL with
your SOUL. Jesus says "Verily, verily, I say unto you,' He that
heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me hath everlasting
life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death
unto life'·' (In. 5:24), and again" . . . I am the resurrection, and
the life: he that believeth, in me, though he were dead, yet shall
he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die
(Jn. 11 :25); For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet
the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD (1 Thess.
4:16). Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our LORD
JESUS CHRIST, AMEN AND AMEN.
wish to give your life to Jesus, sincerely pray this prayer from
the' dept of your heart. LORD, I know I am a sinner, lost in the
world, without hope. Today I acknowledge that Jesus Christ died for
my sins. LORD, forgive me, cleanse me, purify me with the blood of
Jesus now as I confess my sins (confess your sins) in Jesus name.
have done this you are blessed, you are now a child of God. Look out
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