During this morning’s sermon, 1 John 4:20-21 [show] If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)
really stuck out to me. You see, one of my close family friends is in a weird/horrible family situation which leaves a huge-ass question mark on my head (and maybe on everyone else’s). He and his siblings are Christians, and his elder siblings serve very diligently in their respective churches at their respective home areas. His siblings will willingly lay down everything in order to serve their churches (maybe with the exception of giving up something job-related)…
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Today’s sermon was something that should have hit home to many Christians, and seekers alike. The scriptural background was Judges 2:6-13 [show] When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.
And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger. They abandoned the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. (ESV)
6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance. 7 The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.
8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
I think the main point of the sermon is after the jump.
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As a Christian, there is a certain aspect of life in which we believe there should be no fear in death, since through death we would be freed from the constraints of this broken world and eventually get to Heaven. There is common belief amongst everyone, through phrases such as “They’re in a better place now” when someone we love passes on, that they are already in another place. This is not true, for they are simply resting (1 Cor. 15:20-24 [show] But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (ESV)
, Rev 20:5 [show] The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. (ESV)
??). There are better Bible references for this, I just can’t find them at the moment, but my understanding and belief is that when you die you are simply resting, or sleeping. However, when your physical body dies, your soul no longer remains constrained by our understanding of time. In theory you could be dead for centuries but in your “slumber” have only felt it to be a minuscule amount of time.
This post is not going to talk about the aspect of death, and whether someone who is saved through Christ automatically enters Heaven upon death.
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