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Don’t Waste Death

Answers to Death’s Questions

As we pause to ponder death, we must turn to the Scriptures for answers to questions that death poses. The Bibles teaches:

  • Only foolish, corrupt people believe there is no God. (Psalm 14:1)
  • We should not fear those who can kill the body, but the one who can throw body and soul into hell. (Matthew 10:28)
  • Everyone will die and face judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
  • If our names aren’t in the book of life, we will be thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
  • The only thing that sin produces is death, but God has offered the free gift of life through Jesus. (Romans 6:23)
  • On judgment day, many will approach Jesus with false security. (Matt 7.21–23″>Matthew 7:21–23)
  • Those who practice sin will not inherit the kingdom of God, but will suffer eternal damnation. (Galatians 5:19–21)
  • Those who are thrown into the lake of fire will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the Lord and his glory. (2 Thessalonians 1:9)
  • Those who trust in Christ have no need to fear death. (John 14.1–3″>John 14:1–3; 2 Corinthians 5:6–8)
  • The Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, and Christ will transform us after this life to be like him. (Philippians 3:20–21)
  • Those who die in the Lord are blessed. (Revelation 14:13)

Millions of people base their eternal destination on false hopes. We gamble with our souls, even though Christ offers us surety. The Scriptures paint a vivid picture of how we are saved. We’re not saved because we’re good people. We’re saved by grace (God’s unmerited favor) through faith (our trust and reliance) in Christ, which is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). We can’t do anything to earn this gift, which is why we can’t boast about being good people.

Charles Spurgeon warned, “Any kind of faith in Christ which does not change your life is the faith of devils, and will take you where devils are, but will never take you to heaven.” It does us no eternal good to base our eternal security on anything short of true conversion. It’s a costly mistake that we will spend eternity paying for.

Jesus, Our Death Slayer

The Christian life is full of repenting of sin and trusting solely in the gospel of Christ, against money, sex, power and other earthly comforts. Christ paid the ultimate price on the cross by paying for all the bad that Christians will ever think, feel, and do. Christ was punished for our evil, and we were rewarded for his perfect life. If we want to escape eternal death, we must become true disciples of Jesus.

When death comes knocking, don’t waste it. Ponder its implications and allow your heart to long for the time and place when all wrongs will be made right. The true Christian longs to be with Jesus. Christ has defeated death, and he’s able to comfort us in the pain. Cry out to Jesus—our death slayer.

When death strikes, don’t waste it. You will only find true rest when you rest in Jesus.  

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Phillip Holmes (@PhillipMHolmes) is an itinerant preacher, co-founder and Vice President of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) and co-host of Pass The Mic, RAAN’s official podcast. You can find more content by him at his personal site, Highest Good. He resides in Houston and is engaged to Jasmine Baucham.