By: Tim Sader
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please see last week’s Throwback post for part one of this message. Hope it is as good this time as the first time I wrote it. Now the continued list of how death operates:
4. It Causes Fear – After hiding themselves in the garden the Lord called out to Adam and finally he answered the Lord. He said he was afraid because he was naked. Immediately the Lord knew he had eaten the forbidden fruit because when Adam was made perfect he knew not his nakedness because he knew not good or evil. Cause of his rebellion the fear of death was upon Adam and Eve. Psalms 23:4 says, “Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me.” However Adam was greatly afraid because of the unknown, because he knew God is just and does what he says. He was walking through the valley of the shadow of death and was greatly afraid since he had given an open door to death.
5. It Separates us from God – Because of man’s disobedience, the Lord being just had to judge these first people. Adam, Eve and the serpent received a curse because of their choice to disobey one simple command. The Lord also banished them from the garden making a separation between God and man that would span thousands of years. This separation is often referred to as Spiritual Death because man no longer had access to God like he did in the Garden. Later after destroying most of the ancient world the Lord made many covenants with mankind. He set up many rules and guidelines man had to follow to be considered children of the most-high God. To gain access to him they were to give various sacrifices and follow strict guidelines, many punishable by death to have communication with God. The nation of Israel struggled to keep these rules and was tempted by other gods which made the Lord angry. He often had to punish them and many people died because of their chosen separation from the Lord.
6. It Makes you Sleep – Just as one can have a spiritual death the bible often refers to death as someone being asleep. Matthew 9:24, Mark 5:39 and John 11:11 all are instances where God refers to the dead as sleeping. When someone is asleep they are for the most unaware of anything; they have no worries, wants or desires. The same thing can happen in our spirits. We may know God and think we are living an ok life but if we are not doing his will and think there’s nothing to worry about then we’re risking being spiritually asleep. Death really can use this because if we remain sleeping chances are we will miss whatever God has planned for us, which will lead to death. In the parable of the watchman Jesus compares himself to a master gone on a far journey, leaving his servants to do their work and watch for his return (Mark 13:34-38). He tells them to be ready for his return doing what must be done and warns them least he find them sleeping. It does not say what will happen if their caught off guard but I’m sure the master would be angry and punish the servants. Just the same God has given us all things to do and if we fall asleep and get outside his will then we are playing with a type of death
Death is a very real enemy to us all it may not always lead us to the grave but it keeps us away from God. As a believer in Christ we can look to the scriptures for ways to overcome sin and death. John 3:17 reads, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” So if we choose to serve the Lord we are no longer condemned but are now saved by God’s grace. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Therefore we have life in Christ Jesus whose death on the cross freed us from the law of sin and death we were haunted by since the first man Adam. This promise is also found in today’s verse also found in Romans 6:23. We covered the first part but the second half says, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
As Christians we need to embrace the life he has freely given to us not being deceived, condemned or fearful for what may become of us. We must not be caught sleeping when the master returns. If we are children of God let us not separate ourselves from the power and glory he has prepared us for. The devil has no power over the children of God so therefore death has been defeated in our lives. Always remember John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”