The Pain of Death:
Ever wonder why physical death is so incredibly painful even when those we know are with the Lord in heaven upon their death or even if our loved one was elderly and ready to die? This is so because we were not created to physically die therefore the one losing the loved one has great difficulty accepting a loved one’s death. This may sound like a contradiction given the last seven chapters, but let me see if I can explain.
God had no desire for mankind to die, but rather to live eternally. However, death, unfortunately, was the only solution to becoming one with Yahweh and being able to commune freely with the perfect holy God. If Adam had done things according to God’s commands, no death would ever have transpired and, since he didn’t have to die, neither would any of us. Sadly, because he was condemned to death, so we too have to die. Since death is in fact a curse, there’s no way it could possibly pleasant for anyone involved.
That being said, we have well established that this mortal body in which we reside is already condemned to death at conception thanks to Adam and Eve. When we choose to accept the death of the flesh (spiritually) while our spirit still resides in the body, we are choosing life, painful though the process may be. I understand that this is a difficult concept, so let’s see if we can simplify.
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life (I John 5:13, NAS).”
When we say to God, “I want eternal life through Jesus,” this should be (but is not in most cases) the moment that we surrender the sinful nature. What happens too often is people make a confession like this but have no knowledge of what it means except, “Woohooo, I’m not going to hell!” There seems to be a lack of comprehension that people are actually saying, “In choosing Christ, I choose to resign myself to the fact that anything I am outside of You is worthless. Bury everything in me that may lead me away from You, Father. I marry You; I commit myself to an intimate union (relationship of oneness) with You.” With this, one enters into the blood covenant because they choose death to the nature of the flesh.
The average believer seems to project the idea that, once a profession of Christ has been uttered, there is nothing left for the believer to do but go around getting everyone else saved from hell. The Bible says to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). This verse strongly suggests that the profession is the beginning of a lifetime of growing into our relationship with Yahweh and coming into our own identity in who He has called us to be. The initial profession is not to be the end-all to a walk with God.
Tragically, most just go on about their daily routines awaiting the rapture, never coming into their Kingdom destiny or tapping into their spirit-man, or have any concept of dying so that they may live a blessed, fulfilled life in Christ on Earth! Sure, one may stop drinking, smoking, abusing drugs, carousing, cursing, or whatever, but if it is an act of the flesh based on it seems right, it is still false because the “doing” is not of Holy Spirit but of self-will.
The annulment between you and sin should come from a true desire to please Yahweh because of His never ending love for you. True transformation should stem from reverent fear of Almighty God; from a heart and spirit awareness of how much you have been forgiven – a place of utter humility and abandonment of self.
Much of the blame lies on the various denominations as a whole. So many preach and teach that we cannot hear the audible voice of God, there are no modern day prophets or apostles, God no longer speaks through dreams or visions, and there are no real miracles, signs or wonders today. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever! Nothing about Him has changed, but the hardness of the hearts of man has increased.
This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part II of, Life or Death.
Peace and blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf