Life, Death and Resurrection
As I continue to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God my awareness has been drawn to the pattern of Life, Death, and Resurrection.
Learning about this Kingdom theme has given me a great hope, comfort, and peace.
God the Creator is in control and He fashioned all things for the benefit of mankind.
God is Light and in Him is no darkness. Therefore, I am secure in the promises of the coming Kingdom of God. Though we may suffer trials and tribulations in this life we may still enjoy peace.
Jesus Christ God’s Divine Son said, “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Christ also proclaimed, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: For a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.”
Yes we may enjoy the pleasures of this life for a time but the accumulation of earthly possessions is not the determining factor of a successful life.
Christ through His life, death and resurrection lived as an example of what this life is really all about.
Life as originally intended by the Creator was exemplified in the account of Adam and Eve before the fall of man.
This Fall of man was his falling from the intimate relationship Adam enjoyed with God to his separation from God to live in a world infected by sin.
Adam and Eve fell from trusting in God’s provision to believing a lie and having to rely on their own efforts to sustain life.
God was not deterred by this because He had a Plan which included Life, Death and Resurrection.
This simple truth applies to all things in the Plant, Animal, and Mineral Kingdoms. This theme relates to every area of life and because of this, the thought of the seeming finality of death loses its damaging impact.
Because there is a hope of eternal life after death which is the resurrection in the Kingdom of God. For all who call upon the name of Jesus Christ shall be saved from eternal death.
Yes! Every follower of Christ will live forever in His glorious kingdom.
John 11:25-26 KJV
Jesus said unto her, 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. Believest thou this?
In I Corinthians chapter 15 the Apostle Paul deals with the question of life, death and resurrection. He explains how the resurrection works and states that the last enemy to be destroyed is death!
By this we learn that during this present evil age “Death” is an enemy! However, because of the promised resurrection it is not to be feared.
There is a deliverance from the fear of death.
Hebrews 2:14-18 King James Version (KJV)
14 Forasmuch 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;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
In the coming “Perfect Age” God’s Kingdom will be established on this earth forever! Death will no longer be a factor for it will have been destroyed, never more to plague any and all who confess Christ as their Lord and King.
What I am beginning to realize is this cycle of Life, Death, and Resurrection is all a part of the life process created by God. This was designed by Him so that we may enjoy eternal life in His kingdom.
This is especially so when it pertains to seeing the importance of understanding the Kingdom of God applied to our lives now and not just sometime in the future.
Resurrection gives hope of a life to be lived forever in a perfect eternal kingdom where righteousness reigns. This sounds to me like the more than abundant life Christ said He came to make available to mankind.
John 10:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.