I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
It has been said, “in the midst of life we are in death,” yet for the believer, it is truer to say that, “in the midst of death we are in life.” There is no death in the sphere into which a risen Christ brings His own children – how could it be? Did He not abolish death on the cross? Death is a done deal.
In His wonderful plans the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1Cor 15:55 God is love and God is light and God is life, and at rebirth, God breathed into us the breath of His life. On the cross, He forgave our sins and took the punishment in our stead – forgiven. At His resurrection, He broke the power of the last enemy in us – death.
Satan cannot touch anyone that has a new life in Christ. He cannot touch the SOURCE of our life in Christ, for God is its source. He cannot touch the CHANNEL of life to us, for Christ is our channel of life. He cannot touch the POWER of life in us, for the Holy Spirit is life’s power within. He cannot touch the SPHERE of our life, for heaven is the sphere. He cannot touch the DURATION of our life, for eternity is the duration of our life. Satan cannot touch the source, channel, power, sphere, or duration of our life in Christ.
God emptied the scene of death in us and filled it with His life – Christ’s own life. It is not death but glory that lies before the believer – Christ’s own glorious life. If only the believer had the eye of faith, to see it and believe it.
Death is forever behind the believer. It is true that many have fallen asleep in Christ – physically died, but to sleep in Him is never death, but life and life more abundantly. Those asleep in Christ for 2000 years of church history, will rise first. Yes, scripture tells us “the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1Thess.4:16 Then those believers in Him that are living – that are still alive, will meet Him in the air: "Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air." 1Thess.4:17
Enoch, the seventh from Adam beautifully exemplified this living meeting in the air: “By faith, Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him: but before his translation, he had this testimony, that he pleased God” Heb.11:5
Sin entered the world and death entered the world by sin. The origin of death is sin. Sin snapped the link with the source, channel, power, sphere, and duration of life. Sin handed man over to death, with nothing in himself to defeat sin and death. Sin broke all fellowship with the living God. When sin is present, there is no fellowship save in His Life. Light can have no fellowship with darkness, love can have no fellowship with fear and life cannot fellowship with death. 2Cor 6:14
Man has a choice – and that choice is by faith and not by sight or works. Choose life or choose death – there is no middle ground, Man must meet God on a new principle – one decreed by God Himself – a principle we see in Abel, Enoch, Noah, and many others – even faith.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” Acts 16:31 Then once saved we are to live by the law of faith, we are to stand by faith; walk by faith; live by faith; pray by faith. For faith secures the believers’ source, channel, power, sphere, and duration of Life: sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof Matt.6:43 – so live this day by faith.
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