The saddest, darkest, and most hopeless day is to believe that when we and our loved ones die, then that’s it; there’s no tomorrow. Death is our “last enemy.” And Death stalks us, and our minds scurry away from it. Our mortal condition haunts us and causes us to at times run and hide from having to think about Death.
But God has made a promise–that all those who believe in the Savior will be rewarded in receiving immortality. This is our hope (1). Our day of adoption into this immortal realm is when we receive our immortal spiritual bodies in the future on a certain date (2).
Many of His followers will have to face the fact that their earthly bodies will expire before that glorious date comes (3). The encouraging part is that He has given a portion of His Spirit to them. They carry His Spirit within their mortal bodies. And with it, they not only “put to death” old deeds of the flesh, but also bear spiritual gifts to the unenlightened–to help them enter into the truth.
For His promise to us is that even if we die this earthly death before that certain date in the future, He will grant unto us a new immortal body and with it everlasting life. So whether we die or whether we live on till He come back, we are assured in our hearts, when we believe that He will do what He said He will do in granting us immortality.
He grants unto us His mortal believers His Spirit, which is a down payment, a kind of spiritual earnest “money,” if you will, until that day (4). We then wield the Spirit as a sword, cutting off every thought of minds that come against the truth. Every grudge, every insincere gesture, every fear do we deal a death blow. In so doing, we shall have an abundant door provided unto us to enter His Kingdom of the Immortals (5). Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- Romans 8: 23-24
- Romans 8: 15
- II Cor. 5: 1-4; 4: 7
- II Cor. 1: 22
- II Peter 1: 11