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7-14-2015 Near Death Is NO Death

The Bible description of death is: “the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26 NKJV). Our physical body may be so close to dying, that it doesn’t register on our medical charts, but if it is revived, then the spirit did not leave it! When death does occur, it cannot be reversed until the Judgment Day, for “the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV). Paul had “hope in God” that “there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15 NKJV). God has promised that, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV). Near death is NO death!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

 

#body, #dying, #judgment-day, #near-death, #resurrection, #revived, #spirit

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3-10-2015 One-Way Life

Zechariah 12:1 NKJV: “Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.” Each one of us has an individual spiritual part within that is who we really are. We die when this spirit leaves our body: “The body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26 NKJV).  “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV).  There is no return of our spirit to the earth, in any form, and we only pass this way once for there is no second chance after this life. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV), not another life on earth.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#death, #die, #dust, #judgment, #life, #spirit

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(#99) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:24-Going Up, Or Going Down?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:24: “The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.”

“Upward” signifies away from the earth, and “below” describes the same, away from the earth, not down to its core! Many, it seems, wrongly think “Hell” is inside the earth. The “everlasting fire” is “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41), but is in the opposite direction from Heaven where God is. Since “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5), then for those who follow the Devil, God has “reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13).

Regarding a human death, which is the separation of the spirit from the body, Solomon said: “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Solomon dealt with the difference between the death of a human and that of an animal by asking: “Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:21). Physical bodies return to dust, but spirits have a different direction. Of those spirits who return to God, Jesus Christ stated the difference: “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:22-23).

Christians, like the Apostle Paul, should “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Jesus Christ said: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). Are you going up, or going down?

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #body, #death, #down, #dust, #heaven, #hell, #obedience, #proverbs, #salvation, #spirit, #upward

John 3:3-5, an Objector, and Rambling

When people write and submit that writing for others to read, it is likely that other thoughts will arise in the readers mind that do not pertain to what was originally written. This happened recently, and I know because of the comment (reply) that was given to what I wrote. Some of the thoughts shared by what I will call an “objector” had some association to what I wrote, but much did not.

The thrust of what I wrote pertained to a tract by a Baptist preacher and his explanation of John 3:3-5. In particular, I took note of how there was some discussion on the word “spirit”, but nothing on the word “water.”

I received a comment (reply) to my words on this tract. One such remark was: “To understand the New Birth you must “believe” all the scriptures that pretain to it” [he referenced John 1:13-14, but he meant 1:12-13]. “It is God that gives us the gift of the Holy Ghost! It’s not by anything that we do The only thing we can do is believe that Jesus is our Saviour and all that we can do is believe and repent!”

I spoke next to nothing along this line, but I did make an association with the message of John the Baptist and Peter’s invite in Acts 2:38.

Though thoughts may be spawned when one reads another’s writing, it is prudent, when replying, that one’s reply stay with what was originally written and not descend into rambling (which is how I read the remarks). If there are some additional thoughts not germane to that which was originally written, then clarification would be helpful to those who read these replies.

#article, #spirit, #water

Spirituality – JAM

In July of 1998 Newsweek published an article entitled, “Science Finds God.” The article reports that “a wave of scientists and believers says discoveries about the universe support spirituality and hint at the very nature of God.” As such facts become generally known more and more people will begin addressing the spiritual side of their existence. As a result they will begin to experience life as it has not been known before. Life is never improved by unbelief. If you don’t believe me, just look at the miserable results of 70 years of Russian atheistic society. As your lungs need air, your spirit craves God. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #spirit

An Action And A Reaction

When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.

To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).

God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.

#blessing, #corruption, #deceive, #eternal, #flesh, #giving, #inherit, #mock, #principle, #promise, #reap, #sow, #spirit, #true

The Local Church

When Paul addressed the Corinthian church,, he addressed the local church. To that church, he mentioned they were the Temple of God and if anyone defiles (NKJV) the temple of God, God will destroy that “defiler.”

In what way can one defile? One can defile the local congregation by having a carnal spirit, a fleshly spirit that seeks to satisfy self rather than submit to God. One can defile a congregation by being factious, divisive (Titus 3:10), by being immoral (5:1), and by teaching doctrines not in accordance with the Lord expressed will (2 John 9-11).

Those who defile the local church will answer the Lord; while men forget or think time passing will sooth the tumultuous situation of years ago – the Lord does not forget.

God looks upon the local church as a sacred body where His Spirit dwells (1 Cor. 3:16-17). How do you regard the local church?

#local-church, #spirit, #temple