Meditation

Meditation for 09/06/2019

“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:24)

Enoch did not have to die because God took h him. Although we must die, God’s grace permits us to enjoy sweet fellowship with Him here and hereafter. Death as the outcome of life is stated eight times in this chapter of Genesis. This verse, however, breaks the pattern. Personal existence after physical death was not clearly taught in the early biblical literature. This verse indicates a basis for that belief even in these early genealogies. In this and other ways God revealed that our life extends beyond this world.

Practically every activity of the time required walking, and the term came to refer to the entire course of life itself. Enoch’s life was spent in the company of God, because he had opened himself completely to God. Therefore, Enoch enjoyed a lifelong relationship with God, sharing his daily life with God and enjoying fellowship with Him as a normal course of action every day.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, much like Enoch, You desire to be in fellowship with us every day of our lives, not only the good times but in all times. Abba, You loved us before we ever came to know You, and your desire is for us to open our hearts and for us to share our very lives with You in good, bad and not so good times. You are our God and You want us to live our lives much like Enoch did, openly and in love of You. Jesus taught us to do the same, and it is in His name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Only a Risen Savior can save a dying world.”

KNOWING GOD:

“But if ti is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1st Corinthians 15:12-19)

To live as a Christian is to be in Christ (John 15:5). to die as a Christian is to fall asleep in Him. The text presents the logical reasoning that if Christ had not been risen from the dead, then death would be the end for all, even believers. Here the resurrection is asserted as one of the most crucial of all doctrines, so much so that If Christ did not arise, our lives are hopeless. The resurrection of Christ insures that those fallen asleep in Him are not lost. Jesus’ resurrection proves resurrection is possible, forms the center of gospel preaching, is the foundation of our faith, and gives hope for departed loved ones and us to be raised from death.

I AM:

Last Things, Believer’s Death: (John 11:11-13)

Although the actual physical death of Lazarus was clearly validated (John 11: 14, 39), Jesus spoke of it as sleep. For believers, death is no more sinister than sleep. It is in fact true rest. For the power of God, resurrection from the dead is no more difficult than rousing persons from sleep.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes’, says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.’” (Revelation 14:13)

God’s salvation includes a final resting place for the dead in Christ—-heaven(21.1–22L5, “Rest” here probably means final release from sufferings, tortures, and death, as well as cessation of physical work and toil. This is the second of seven beatitudes in Revelation because they confessed their Lord. The dead who die in the Lord are blessed God’s salvation from before time to after time.

This strangest of all beatitudes pronounce blessedness upon believers at death. Rest from labors and reward for faithfulness join the prospect of immediate fellowship with Christ to constitute the blessedness.

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