Life After Death

Life After Death

Elder Jeff Winfrey, Pastor

Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist Church

101 E. Walnut Street

Dawson Springs, KY 42408 

 

 

Oh!  To Conquer Death

The scriptures are dreadfully honest concerning life and death in this world.  It is repeatedly acknowledged that life in this world is short and death is to be quickly expected.  The straightforward manner in which God’s word speaks of a fleeting life and a waiting death is illustrated in the following passages:

For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away. (James  4:14) 

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. (1 Peter 1:24) 

Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth (Psalm 39:5) 

We spend our years as a tale that is told.  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (Psalm 90:9-10) 

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19) 

            Oh, men do yearn for a life after death.  Is there any hope of such?  Christ said that there was, and He lives to prove it.

 

The Fear of Death

There is much fear in the minds of many concerning what awaits us at the point of death.  We, as mortals, quickly spend our days in this world and enter death’s door with no power to conquer the beast.  But God’s true word claims that the beast was once conquered.  Yes, we have heard good news of a man who did defeat death—even the man Jesus Christ, the Resurrected One.  He said that He would rise again after three days—and He did.  He also said that His children would live after death.  Do you believe that He who raised Himself to life can do it for others?  If you believe that He can and that He will, then you can be different to the world “who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrew 2:15)

If you know what Jesus did and what He has yet promised to do; therein, you will find relief from your fears concerning death.  God’s children can enter death’s door, not knowing how to conquer the beast, but knowing the One who has already conquered it.  Jesus conquered death in His own behalf.  And through His death and resurrection He has conquered death for us.  Through Him eternal life waits for us  in a world to come.  And through the knowledge of Him and His promises, a life without fear of death can be experienced in this world.

Many of God’s children need to be delivered from this fear of death.  Jesus will deliver His children through death to life, and the knowledge of Jesus will deliver His children through the bondage of fear to a life of peace.

 

The Spirit After Death 

            In order to have relief from the fear of death the child of God needs to know some things that God’s word promises to us as His children.  It is abundantly clear that death is not truly death to God’s children.  Jesus has abolished death for His children and has brought the understanding of this continuous existence of a life and immortality to our understanding through the good news of the gospel.

The scriptures teach that the spirit, the very life, of the child of God is immediately whisked from this world to the next at the passing we call death.  Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and that to die is gain.  The thief asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus got to His kingdom.  Jesus said to him on that day of his death, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  Jesus speaking of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob said that God is not the God of the dead but the God of the living, indicating that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are not dead, but alive with God.  This is true of the thief, and of Paul, and of thousands upon thousands of God’s children from Adam to now.  The child of God who was given eternal life in the new birth  retains that life; and he or she never ceases to live.  The life just passes from this realm to the place where Jesus dwells.

And it will remain true when it comes time for you and me to pass from this world.  The knowledge of the passing of our lives to a better world instead of the ending of our lives  sure does help us to conquer the fear of death 

Near the time of His own passing Jesus also left us with these words, “Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

The Body at Resurrection

It is a glorious thought to anticipate our spirits, even our lives, in heaven with Jesus forever.  And to think that our lives do not end, but go to be with Him would seem to be a sufficient eternal outcome.  But truly the most glorious part is yet to come.

Jesus left us with these words, “Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  Upon Jesus’ ascension into heaven the angel proclaimed that “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”

And Jesus will return in the clouds one day with a purpose.  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  We are promised that these mortal bodies will rise again, that the mortal shall put on immortality, and that even the death of the body is swallowed up in victory.  He paid for body, soul and spirit at the cross.  Yes, the spirit, the life, goes home immediately, but the day will come when the bodies will rise and be reunited with the spirits.  What a Savior!!  What a victory!!

 

4 thoughts on “Life After Death”

  1. AMEN MY only son BRYAN YOUMANS PASSED AWAY NOV. 23. 2014. HE WAS SAVED AND JOINED THE CHURCH. I AM PRIMITVE BAPTIST, BT HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME WITH THIS. BRYAN WAS ONLY 44. 912-286-3937

    1. I am so sorry for your loss. I also have one son. I cannot imagine the sadness that you must feel, but your sadness will soon be joy. David sadly stated that he could not bring his son back, but he would someday go to be with him. As with King David, you will soon see your son again, and be with him forever. Life is but a vapor, my friend, and in some ways that is not so bad. May God grant you His grace and peace. Jeff Winfrey

  2. Bro. Winfrey THANKS for your reply. BRYAN was my only child and he left me no grandchildren, so I am facing life without him. SUICIDE has been at my door many times. I am struggling each minute; his passing was the worst thing I ever faced or ever will in this life. When you say that our spirit is whisked away to another world U do mean HEAVEN don’t you? IS MY BRYAN IN HEAVEN WITH A GLORIOUS BODY. I BELIEVE HE IS. WHY WOULD GOD LET OUR SPRIT JUST FLOAT IN SPACE. MY MORMAN FRIEND SAYS HE IS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD-PARIDISE I GUESS HE MEANS. I KNOW MY SON IS IN HEAVEN AND I BELIEVE HE IS A HEAVENLBODY AND HE EATS AND DRINKS LIKE HE DID DOWN HERE. AT MY DEATH I BELIEVE I WILL WITH HIM IMMEDIATLY ALONG WITH MY LOVED ONES-MOM AND DAD. HOPE YOU WILL EXPAAND ON THESE QUESTIONS BECAU/SE MOST OF MY P, BAPTIST PREACHER NEVER PREACH ON DEATH LIKE YOU HAVE, HOPE U WILL ANSWER AND NOT ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS. SEE HE WAS MY WHOLE WORLD. I AM 73. HOW CAN I FACE THE REST OF MY LIFE WITHOUT BMY LIFE, HE LIVED WITH EACH DAY FOR ABOUT LAST 30 YEARS. NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP ME. WE WERE LIKE TWINS. THANKS. BRYANT YOUMANS 912-286-3937.

  3. Hello My Dear Troubled Brother.

    I am so sorry for your grief and sadness. I cannot bring your son back. King David could not bring his son back, but he took comfort in the Biblical truth that he would one day go to be with his son. Your son is not floating around in space. Your son is not experiencing what some falsely call ‘soul sleep’. Your dear son is conscious. He is experiencing what Jesus called ‘paradise’. He is with Jesus in that place called ‘paradise’. Your son is in Jesus’ heaven and nothing can pluck him out of Jesus’ hands.

    You can find much comfort in knowing that your son is with Jesus. You may also find much comfort in knowing that Jesus has promised to be with you. Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” Jesus also said, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is touched with your sorrows. He knows how you feel. He loves you so much that He died for you. He will not forsake you now. May He give you peace as only He can.

    May God’s grace and peace be upon you.

    Jeff Winfrey

    PS I tried to call you by phone and got no answer. I would like to talk to you. I am indeed troubled by your situation.

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