Philippians 3:20 (KJV) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
‘Death’. The very word brings a chill down our spine. If we are born, we will die one day. We all are under the threat of death, running closely parallel to that dividing line between life and death. The Bible tells us that we can have victory over death. Let us see the different ways in which we encounter death in our lives and how the Word of God gives us a way to gain victory over death.
Ways in which Death overtakes us:
1. Spiritual Death:
Ephesians 2:1,5,6 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ever since we are born, we are dead in sin. (Psalm 51) When we are sinful, without the reality of the Savior, death is working in us and our spirits are not connected with God. But when you are born again and believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are quickened by His power. Just accepting the saving grace of the Lord does not keep us from spiritual death, we need to have a vibrant relationship and fellowship with Him. By being baptized, we accept His death and our raised into new creation by His resurrecting power and now we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)
2. Faith without works is dead:
James 2:17,18 (KJV) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
If we claim to have only faith and no works to support our claims, then our faith is dead. We need to live by what we believe. Faith is not only for receiving from the Lord but it is being willing to offer all that we have up to the Lord like Abraham, who didn’t even hesitate to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Faith should be seen in our works like Rahab though a harlot, protects the messengers, who came to spy the land. Our faith should be seen in our works to provide, protect and bless the church and the man of God.
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