From Death to Life Eternal

“For me to live is Christ; and to die is gain.” 
(Philippians 1:21)

My Lord Jesus is the giver of life. He is the sum and substance of life. He is my hope of life eternal. My hope is to see Him, to be like Him, and to be with Him forever. Therefore, for me “TO DIE IS GAIN.” I will be released from age and pain and gain a perfect body; I will be free from this sinful flesh and gain sinless perfection; I will be free from every trial, every heartache, and live in perfect rest and joy; I will enjoy perfect knowledge, immortality, and everlasting peace. GAIN is a weak word to describe such glory!

What is it then that makes us so fearful of death and so reluctant to part with this world? We may give a lot of reasons and feel that we are sincere and our reasons valid; but, to be perfectly honest, our problem is THE WEAKNESS OF OUR FAITH in Him and His Word. Our Lord said, “O ye of little faith, wherein do you doubt?”

Wherein do we doubt? His love for sinners? He gave Himself for us! The efficacy of His blood? It cleanseth us from all sin! The reality of heaven? “If it were not so, I would have told you!” The awesome miracle of being changed from the image of the earthy to the image of the heavenly? Is anything too hard for God? Here is where Abraham found righteousness. “He believed God and was persuaded that what God had promised, He was ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM!” Life eternal in Christ for those who believe is what He has promised, and He will perform! “Sirs, I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”

Welcome death, for with death comes LIFE ETERNAL!

Henry Mahan – 1988

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