“Who Has The Keys?”

Posted: July 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

I’m thankful for health care professionals who sometimes risk their lives to save our lives. I’m also thankful for inventors of modern medical equipment.

Pacemakers & Ventilators

“A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. It’s used to help your heart beat more regularly if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), particularly a slow one.” [1]

“… if a patient can’t breathe, whether it’s from the coronavirus, a pneumonia or even a traumatic injury, a mechanical ventilator is basically a machine that breathes for you… It pushes air in and out of the lungs.” [2]

Your Amazing Heart.

“Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues. Any damage to the heart or its valves can reduce that pumping power, forcing the heart to work harder just to keep up with the body’s demand for blood. [3]

The Bible Is Right.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “Health experts now have proof that laughter is good medicine. A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through your entire body. One study found that when people watched a funny movie, their blood flow increased. That’s why laughter might just be the perfect antidote to stress. When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relaxes and expands… So have a good giggle. Your heart will thank you.” [3]

It’s Free.

“Laughter is a fun, free and easy way to reduce the effects of stress, pain and conflict. In fact, the health benefits can last up to 45 minutes following a good hearty laugh.” [4] So LOL often.

Our Original Heart

In another realm, the Scriptures tell us that “[Our] hearts are  deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). This is talking about the spiritual heart which includes the mind (Proverbs 23:7), the will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and the emotions (Romans 9:2), along with our sinful nature which we all inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). It is opposed to God and His Word and causes us to be defiant toward Him. (See Romans 3:9-23). Yes, whether we want to admit it or not, you and I have such a heart.

A New Birth & A New Heart

This is why God, in His Word, tells us that we need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) so we can receive a new heart and a new nature from Him (See 2 Peter 1:4). We are born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23). “The new heart of the believer consists of: (1) a new desirous will, (2) the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16), (3) and new desires that come from the new nature.” [5]

The Christian doesn’t lose his/her sin nature until death or the rapture (1 John 1:8; 3:2; Romans 7:15-25). We must decide daily, hourly, and moment by moment whether we will live under the Holy Spirit’s control or the sin nature/flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 8:5, 12, 13). The unbeliever will carry his/her sin nature into eternity in the lake of fire (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8; 22:11).

Evidence

Have you been “born again from above”? If so, what evidence can others see in your life that would convince them that you are a true Christian (James 2:18)? If you haven’t been “born again from above,” why not now? You may not be physically alive tomorrow to make a decision that would change your eternal destiny from hell to heaven (John 3:16, 18, 36).

Eternal Life

God gives eternal life (His quality of life) to all those who place their faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But He also wants all of His children to enjoy an “abundant life”while we live here on earth (John 10:10).

Spiritual Blessings

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3). He went on to list some of the spiritual things that are ours to enjoy. They are of far greater value than any physical things in life. We invite you to take time to read about some of the things that believers can enjoy now.

Who Holds The Keys Today?

In Old Testament times the devil held the “keys of death” (Hebrews 2:14). He could take people’s lives at any time unless God prohibited him from doing this. (See Job 1:13-19; 2:6). Jesus said to some religious leaders of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

But when Jesus rose again bodily from the dead and ascended back to heaven, He took the keys of Hades and death away from the devil. Thank God, He holds them now (Revelation 1:18). No one can take a Christian’s life from him/her without Christ’s permission. He is the One who determines when He will put Christians to sleep in death (1 Thessalonians 4:14). It is the body that sleeps, not the soul or the spirit as some cults teach. Consider the intermediate bodies of those who die. [6]

The Sin Unto Death

It’s important to know that unruly and disobedient Christians can have their physical lives terminated prematurely by Jesus. There is a sin unto death which many Christians commit (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30). The Lord usually chastens and scourges His children whom He loves before He takes their physical lives from them (Hebrews 12:5-11). We don’t lose our salvation, but we could miss out on many rewards, crowns, and praise from God.

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it’s gone (James 4:14). Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). Live each day as though it might be your last day on earth, or the last day of someone you love or know as it was for us with our late son, Bill. [7]

A True Or Just A Nominal Christian?

Are you a true Christian or just a nominal one who professes to be a Christian? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If you’re not, would you like to be sure? Why should God let you into His heaven?

Help

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[1] Pacemakers – https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/pacemaker/about/pac-20384689

[2] Ventilators – https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/so-what-does-a-ventilator-do/

[3] The Heart – https://www.webmd.com/heart/features/amazing-facts-about-heart-health-and-heart-disease_#1

[4] Laughter – https://blog.providence.org/archive/amazing-ways-laughter-improves-your-heart-health

[5] Dr. H. L. Schaffer, Maturing In Christ, p, 139 http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[6] The Intermediate Body – http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] Our Son’s Death – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

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