1st Corinthians 2:9-14 says "But it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
The Salvation plan is way beyond what we can humanly wrap our hearts around. It is ONLY the Spirit of God that gives insight into the Way of God. The acts of God are mostly seen, but the Way of God is discreet. That been said, these are days when 'the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as waters cover the sea'.
Apostle Paul wrote to us in his First epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 15 verse 51; "Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,". Now, some might be quick to say that's talking about the Rapture. How about 2 Corinthians 5:4? He wrote: "For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
The Bible talks about God giving up Christ to die that we might stand righteous before God. Galatians 2:20 talks about us being crucified with Christ and yet we live by Christ; and the life we live is by the faith of the Son of God. There's a faith IN the Son of God, and there's a faith OF the Son of God; that's a discussion for another day.
Hear Jesus Himself speaking in John 8:51; 'Verily verily, I say unto you, If a man keep My Saying, he shall never see death'. What does that mean? Spiritual death? Really? Ok. Let's look at John 11 for answers.
John 11:21-26 says; "Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus saith unto her, 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. Believest thou this?".
Can you see that? There's the resurrection. There's the life. There's a promise of resurrection though you die, and there's a promise of 'never-seeing-death' if you believe. These are two different things entirely.
Now, hear Jesus in verse 25b of that John 11; "he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:". That's the normal order people have set their minds to follow. In this plan, you still need to believe in Jesus for the saving of your soul. No sinner can 'believe in Jesus' after death. After earthly death, judgement is next (Hebrews 9:27). So, that annuls the fact that it is for sinners. Resurrection is man's default belief about salvation. A true christian believes in the resurrection of his/her body from the dead. That's good. But there's a better plan.
Notice Jesus used the word 'sleep' to describe death to his disciples in John 11:11. He had to use 'dead' to relate resurrection to his disciples. Can the dead who doesn't know Jesus really resurrect? No! They awake into eternal damnation. That's settled. Resurrection is for christians that had to die.
The Bible recorded in Genesis 5:24 that Enoch 'walked' with God: he was not; for God took him. The old testament is a shadow of the new testament; isn't it? Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Malachi 3:6a; "For I am the LORD, I change not:". He did it before, He is in the business of doing it, and He will keep doing it.
Now John 8:51 again, Jesus speaking here, "Verily verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." All it takes to have this experience is to "keep Jesus' saying". That is; to believe in Jesus! As simple as it looks, that's the key into entering that promise. Just believe.
John 11:26; ' And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?'
Did you observe how Jesus ended that statement? BELIEVEST THOU THIS? Do you believe this? Can your mind relate with this? Can your heart put away the pattern of the world and believe in My Divine Plan? Can you not try to Rationalise Me and My Ways? The Bible in 1 Corinthians 1:27a says; 'But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise:'.
Come to think of it: wasn't a believer baptized into the death of Jesus? So, there's a death that all christians must need undergo. That's the 'dead-to-self' phase, followed by the 'alive-to-God' phase. This truth abolishes the fact that "will never die" is for the spirit-man. Your 'old' spirit-man has to die. 2 Corinthians 5:17 talks about 'a new creature'; that's the 'new' spirit-man. Jesus said 'NEVER see death'. Since Jesus can not make mistake(s), and the spirit-man died once, making us become 'new creatures', that makes it clear it isn't the spirit-man that Jesus was talking about. It is the normal human body.
The grace of God to believe this reality, God will grant unto us even as we 'wait' on Him for this. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 will be a really helpful guide as we wait on Him.
Finally, Luke 1:37; 'For with God nothing shall be impossible.'
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