Death Is Not the End
People are often saddened and sometimes overwhelmed with grief at the loss of a loved one or a friend. During these times, God’s Word will give you comfort when nothing else can. However, when you understand what the Bible has to say about death, you will view it as a short separation from the one you love instead of a great loss.
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25,26
Dying does not end a person’s life. Jesus said that the person who believes in Him, even though he died, would continue to live. What does this mean? Man is not just a physical, fleshly being. Man is a three-part being. A person is a spirit who lives in a body and has a soul (mind, will, and emotions). The spiritual part of man is an eternal being. At the moment someone dies, his physical body ceases to have life. But the spiritual part of a person leaves the body and goes to its eternal destination, either heaven or hell.
The spirit of a person who knows Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior goes directly to heaven when the physical body dies. The Apostle Paul explains it like this.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:7,8
In these verses, Paul showed us that he was not afraid to die. He knew that when he died, his spirit would leave his body and he would go to be with Jesus. Your spirit is the real you. The Bible refers to the spirit of a person as the inner man (Eph.3:16), hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4), and the heart (Matt. 22:37).
Death Has No Sting
Many people fear death because it is unknown. In other words, it is beyond the visible realm. There have been some people, however, who have had “near- death” experiences and have been able to come back to tell what happened to them. While the experiences vary from person to person, those who knew Jesus as their Lord when they died often talk of feelings of absolute peace. If they died from a sickness, they no longer suffered from the pain of that illness.
Some who have seen heaven but were called back to earth didn’t want to return. They wanted to stay in heaven. Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say about death.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, sin came into the world; and as a result of sin, death also entered the earth. For those who have not made Jesus the Lord of their lives, the thought of death can be frightening. For the Christian, however, death no longer has a “sting” because Jesus bore the sins of the world when He died on the cross.
He personally bore our sins in His [own] body to the tree [as to an altar and offered Himself on it] that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 AMP
Since Jesus paid for your sins, you are free from everything that is a result of sin, which includes sickness and death.
Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 NKJV
Before giving your life to the Lord, it is impossible to get complete mastery over sin. However, sin does not have the right to dominate a born-again Christian. The believer is free to serve God and not sin. It’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to overcome the temptation to sin.
-Death is not the End