“For Your Health’s Sake” James 5:13

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Christian Life, Compassion, Death, James, Resurrection, Salvation

Perfect health and plenty of prosperity. Most people would like to have that kind of a life right now. If you’re a Christian, can you have “Your Best Life Now” or is it something you should expect to have in the future (Romans 8:18)? If a person dies physically as an unbeliever without Christ as his Savior, is he experiencing his best life now (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? What happens when we die (Luke 16:19-31)? Will some folks not die (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)?

Questions. Can God heal people (Ephesians 3:20)? Does He have to heal people (Matthew 10:5; 15:21-28)? Does He still use faith healers today (1 Corinthians 12:28; 13:8-10)? Should we demand that God heal us? If He doesn’t heal someone, whose fault is it? Why didn’t Paul heal some of his fellow workers (Philippians 2:25-30; 1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20)? Why didn’t God answer Paul’s prayer (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)? What should be the Christian’s attitude toward life and health (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)?

Death. It began in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Romans 5:12). This verse demonstrates conclusively that evolution is a false theory (Genesis 1:26; 2:7, 8). God had made it clear to Adam that they weren’t to eat the fruit lest they die two kinds of death: spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:17). Having never known or seen death take place, it was difficult for them to understand the concept.

Stripped. Upon eating the forbidden fruit, it appears that they lost the garment of light that apparently had covered them (Genesis 3:7). In the future, believers will have a garment of light restored to them (1 Corinthians 15:49; Daniel 12:3). Notice the differences in radiance between the Old and New Testament believers’ garments of light.

Death. Spiritual death involves separation from God (Romans 6:23). Physical death involves the separation of the soul and spirit from the physical body (James 2:26). These two types of death are reversible. Physical death will be reversed when Jesus Christ eventually raises every human being from death, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Revelation 20:11-15). Spiritual death (separation from God) is reversed when a person who is physically alive places his faith in Christ alone for his salvation (John 3:16; 5:24; Ephesians 2:1; 1 John 3:14). There is no annihilation of the wicked dead as some cults teach (Matthew 25:41, 46). Neither do the Scriptures teach reincarnation (Hebrews 9:17). The second death is irreversible (Revelation 20:14; 21:8; Luke 16:27-31). Don’t let this happen to you.

Christ’s Death. The Lord Jesus Christ is the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9) who died as a substitute for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He died as the Just One for us, the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18). All this was according to the Divine plan (Ephesians 1:11; Acts 2:23; 4:28) to rescue helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), hell bound sinners (Romans 6:23) like you and me. God the Son volunteered to die for our sins (Hebrews 19:7, 9; Luke 22:42; John 10:14-18). God the Holy Spirit applies the benefits of salvation to those who place their faith in Christ alone for their salvation (John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5). Have you put your faith in Him yet? If not, why not now?

The Future. “And God will wipe away every tear from [the believer’s] eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But for unbelievers who die without Christ as their personal Savior, the future is dark. “… the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

To be continued.

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