The bible tells us that to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecc. 3:1). God is telling us, He has given us a time for every worldly endeavor this earthly life can require of us. Some of us may live many, many years to accomplish what we must do, while some of us may have a relatively short time to finish our season under the sun. No matter how much time we are allowed on this earth, we must all eventually go the way of the world and face that king of terrors, death. To me the most sobering, solemn statement in the bible can be found when the Hebrew writer states, “And it is appointed man once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). After that mysterious curtain of death overshadows us, there will be no further time to prepare for eternity. No other opportunity for obeying the gospel, no more occasion to live for Christ, no more possibilities of bringing others to Christ by our actions. Just as death finds us, so shall that great day of judgment find us. We will stand before the great, just Judge of the living and of the dead, in exactly the same condition we took our last breath on this earth.
From Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, we learn that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. God explicitly commands us to hear His Son and study His word.(Luke 9:35, II Tim. 2:15). Therefor we can and should know what God expects from each of us, just as we know for a certainty, that death awaits us all, and the day of judgment will just as surely follow. Then how should a reasonable being, made in the image of God, having the power of reason and logic, react to this situation? Simple reason and logic tells us to do what God says, and do it now before death removes us forever from the here and now, to that realm of the dead, from which there can be no escape or return for all eternity.
Most of the time in God’s Word, when death is mentioned, it is referring to the separation of the spiritual soul from the earthly body. There are other instances in the bible of separation being referred to as death in another manner. Those whose sin separates them from God are referred to as being dead (Eph. 2:1) . Sin has separated them from their God and thus they are dead to God. And again we read of being dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, the commandments and doctrine of men (Col. 2:20-22). Here again there is a separation, but this time from the world, when we die to self and are born again through baptism to live in Christ. “Know ye not that so many of us were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him, for you are the servants to whom you obey, whether of sin unto death, or obedience to righteousness.”(Rom. 6)
There can be many forms of separation, but the greatest and eternal separation of all time will come on that great day of judgment. When those who have refused our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and have neglected to keep His commandments are cast into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, for an eternal existence of torment, being separated from God the Father forever more (Matt. 25:41). We should act now before that final separation, when it will be eternally too late.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.