Upon our death, our human body goes to the grave, and our spirit and soul either go to heaven or hell. Our eternal destination is determined by our beliefs, which either condemn us with Satan or liberate us with Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18)
Unbelievers condemn themselves to the second death – eternity in hell (John 3:18; Revelation 2:11). They die physically, and then their spirit and soul go to the lake of fire where they suffer never-ending torment for eternity (Revelation 21:8).
Death is not the end for authentic Believers either; yet, for us, it is a new beginning. We leave the limits of this earthly realm and enter into the glorious riches of the Kingdom of God.
We are not disembodied spirits wandering the earth until we finish the business we failed to accomplish in our lifetime. Neither do we need to contact some human being to help us to leave a message for our loved ones, or to straighten out some misunderstanding we left behind.
Paul was confident that the very moment a Believer’s spirit and soul leave our body, we are immediately present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). We graduate from the school of life. Through Christ we passed all the tests, and we earned our diploma.
Even in our lifetime on earth, God fills the Believer’s spirit, body, and soul – our thoughts, choices and emotions – with His joy, as we experience exquisite pleasures in His eternal presence here and now (Psalm 16:9-11).
God rejoices in the death of His Saints (Psalm 116:15), because we are no longer separated from Him, but we dwell with Him for eternity. The angels carry us into the presence of God in heaven (Luke 16:22), where we will never die.
Father God, we thank You for drawing us to Your heart during times of strain and sorrow, which accompany the death of our loved ones. I ask that You help us to always find our refuge under the shadow of Your wings, our strength in Your joy, and our comfort and clarity of thinking in Your wisdom, as You lead us beside the still waters and restore our soul (Psalm 23).
I thank You that Your peace, which exceeds all human understanding, will flow over us like a waterfall. As Believers, we experience You as our refuge in death (Proverbs 14:32). You make us like angels in this respect, because we are Your children. You already raised us with Jesus from the dead into a new life with Your Son (Luke 20:36). Thank You that You fill our heart with Your love so fully that we will feel no other emotion.
Thought for the Day:
God looks forward to the death of His Saints, because our last breath on earth is immediately followed by our first breath in Heaven; our mortal body stays in the grave; and at Jesus’ coming, God provides us with our immortal body for eternity.
– Psalm 115:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:53