Friday, July 1, 2022

The Origin of Death

John 6:51 1.95
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. (Jesus Christ—NIV84)

Faith is the life-connection that connects every living soul to the eternal God. The dead do not have a life-connection of faith to God. All positive human relationships are bonds of faith too. A marriage ceremony, for example, is nothing more than a promise to be faithful to your partner until you are separated by death. No sensible faithful person would make such a binding promise to a person that he or she did not have faith in. You must be faithful to everyone that you have a connection to; spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances.

God made a spiritual faith bond with Adam, making him his first spiritually alive human child. This was an eternal bond that only death could break, and it was extended to Eve through her faithful marriage to Adam. But, Adam and Eve had doubts concerning what God had told them and so they broke faith with him in pursuit of making themselves sovereign like God.

God had warned the man, and through the man, the woman that to break faith with him would result in death, but they didn’t really know what death was (spiritual death does not involve a corpse.) In their ignorance and given their desire to be sovereign like God, they broke faith with God in pursuit of the knowledge that would make independent of God.

They did not stop to think that independence from God meant that they would have to sustain themselves. No one except God is good enough to sustain themselves forever. Given enough time, any small degree of selfishness will grow until it has corrupted the soul completely, and eternity is forever. If you want confirmation of sin’s power to corrupt, just open your eyes. Every evil historical act occurred because of faithlessness, and the Bible shows us that the future is even grimmer.

Mark Heaney
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19


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