Tuesday, November 8, 2016

1 Birth—2 Deaths

~ All Humans Who Do Not Know Christ Personally ~

Physical Birth  ~  “For You [God] formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).  “By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.  My praise shall be continually of You” (Psalm 71:6).  All physical births are from God.

Physical Death  ~  “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [died].  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).  Because of “The Fall” in the Garden of Eden all mankind has inherited a sin nature from the “First Adam.”  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  

Spiritual Death  ~  It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28).  When you were physically born you were already spiritually dead!  This is due to mankind’s Fall in the Garden of Eden (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).  But because of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, you have the opportunity to receive spiritual life.  Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  When you experience physical death you will never again have the opportunity to receive the eternal spiritual life that Jesus Christ now offers you.  

Comment  ~  Spiritual birth is the cure!  Notice the entire previous paragraph.  Spiritual birth is a matter of believing and trusting Jesus Christ as your only alternate payment for your sins.  It is as simple as A-B-C.  (A) Admit that you are a sinner.  (B) Believe in the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  (C) Commit yourself to following Christ.  Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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