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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Death Our Servant

Bible Questions Answered:
“Paul says that death is our servant- What?...”
Curtis/ Perth, Australia  (Western Australia)

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

I Corinthians 3:21-24 TLB
21 So don’t be proud of following the wise men of this world. For God has already given you everything you need.
22 He has given you Paul and Apollos and Peter as your helpers. He has given you the whole world to use, and life and even death are your servants. He has given you all of the present and all of the future. All are yours,
23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ is God’s.

Death The Servant Of The Redeemed:

Death is only a shadow for the redeemed.

Psalm 23:4 KJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 68:20 NLT
Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death.

Philippians 1:21 KJV
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Death holds no fear over the child of God.

I John 4:18 KJV
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Psalm 37:37 KJV
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

Only the Christian, truly know how to die, for he has put to death his carnal nature, during his earthly existence:

Romans 8:12,13 NLT
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of The Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.

Death brings victory, over pain and suffering, and all the trials of life, to the child of God:

I Corinthians 15:54-57 NLT
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All labor has ceased for ever:

Psalm 116:7 KJV
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for The Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Hebrews 4:3,9-11 KJV
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest..."
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest..."

Revelation 14:13 KJV
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in The Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith The Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

Sorrows forever gone:

Psalm 16:11 KJV
Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

A heavenly spiritual body awaits for what will one day become a glorified body as our Lord's:

II Corinthians 5:1-9 NLT
1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands.
2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.
4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
5 God Himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.
6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with The Lord. (The inference is clear-Then for the Christian, to be absent from the body, is to be present with The Lord!)
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with The Lord.
9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.

An eternal home awaits God's child:

John 14:1-3 KJV
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

After death, rewards await the servant of The Lord:

I Corinthians 3:11-14 KJV
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

Mark 9:41 KJV
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Reunion with Christian loved ones who have gone on before:

Colossians 1:12 NLT
Always thanking The Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the Light.

Ephesians 2:19 KJV
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Jude 1:14 KJV
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, The Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints,

Death ushers the Christian into his eternal inheritance:

Colossians 1:11,12 NLT
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,
12 always thanking The Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in The Light.

Hebrews 9:15 NT
That is why He is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them..."

I Peter 1:3,4 KJV
3 Blessed be The God And Father Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Dear friend, when death knocks at your door, will he be an everlasting enemy, or a liberator to Godly eternal blessings without end?

Numbers 23:10 NLT
"...Let me die like the righteous; let my life end like theirs.”

I Corinthians 2:9 KJV
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

Death and its end:

I Corinthians 15:26,54 KJV
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

II Timothy 1:10 KJV
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought Life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Revelation 21:4 KJV
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.