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How to Be Ready For Death
This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Josh Philpot speaks of the heightened awareness of death that has surrounded us this last year or so. This overt awareness has come primarily due to Covid19 and the deaths associated with it. While it brings a reminder of death, and to some, great fear, we need to remember that death is an ongoing fact of this life, regardless of how or when it comes. As Christians, this is not something of which we are ignorant. The Bible clearly states that death is the result of sin, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
As Believers in Christ, we should think differently than the world around us about the loss of life, the expiration of our physical earthly bodies. While we should not be preoccupied with death, we should be mindful of it; we should be prepared and ready, for it can come at any time. In thinking about death, Dr. Philpot asks Dr. Caldwell to share how he would help a church member, or anyone for that matter, to be prepared for death.
Dr. Caldwell says, if we believe the Gospel and have trusted Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Scriptures make our future clear. We are not in the dark about what is on the other side of death; we have a sure hope. There is life beyond what we now know, a life that is an everlasting joy in the presence of God our Savior. When we die, our soul enters the presence of the Lord (2 Cor.5:8), so we are not to grieve as those who have no hope (1Thess.4:13). Then one day, we will have a new body that matches the new us, and we will live forever, body and soul, in the presence of the Lord. But even now, if our eyes should be closed in death, we would wake up in the presence of Jesus. So if we believe the Gospel, there is no reason to be afraid.
Dr. Caldwell tells us that the New Testament Scriptures teach us that the death and resurrection of Christ make the process of death something that we do not have to fear. The Apostle Paul writes about this to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 15:53-57, which Dr. Caldwell reads. He reminds us that Christ's triumph over death and the grave means we have no reason to fear it. So if someone wants to prepare and be ready for the reality of death, he would say to them: Believe the Gospel, believe the Word of God, and believe the promises of God.
Dr. Philpot mentions that the Bible speaks of a peace that passes all understanding. He speaks of Paul giving us a surety that Jesus has accomplished the victory over death and of Paul elsewhere speaking of death as gain. Would Dr. Caldwell then say that this means Christians should never fear physical death?
Dr. Caldwell says that there can be a dread associated with the circumstances of death for sure. Thinking about some of the kinds of actions or incidents that bring about death can very well be something that would challenge us. Consider just one, burning to death. But this is where that peace comes into play. Our God is able to sustain us, even amid those kinds of fears. We have to trust Him and know that His grace is sufficient. Dr. Caldwell shares about a recent incident where the Lord sustained a member of our congregation.
This man went through a situation where he faced a real possibility of death. While going through that situation, he shared that the Lord had given him a supernatural sense of peace and rest. Dr. Caldwell tells us that this is an example of what Believers have access to when they believe God at His Word. Our God is real and living. His Spirit lives in us and is present with us. We have to learn to depend on the Lord. Whatever we experience from Him, we experience from faith. It, therefore, requires us to believe Him, believing His promises and the truth that we are safe in His hands.
Death is a disturbing actuality. The fear of death can cause us to do many things in the attempt to outrun it and outlive it, but it is inevitable. Yet, if we know Christ salvifically, we have no reason to fear death. He has defeated death and the grave. He is our hope and our life. We can live for Him without the fear and sting of death and can face death knowing we will enter His presence the very day we die; what a glorious reality. So let us be mindful of it but not be preoccupied with it. Let us be prepared and ready for it by living out each day He gives us Corem Deo.
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