KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 8:51 KJV” Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”
Our Lord Jesus kept revealing truths about who He was to His Jewish audience. This time, He made a statement that confused His hearers. He stated that, if a man should keep, guard or live by His sayings, that person would not see death. This saying caused His audience to say that how could He say such a thing, seeing Abraham and all the prophets are dead, you indeed have a devil. These people did not know who Jesus was. Many in our days also do not know who He is and so are really missing so much, for not paying attention to what He says. The Lord in the earlier chapters is talking about eternal life, which is the life of God that He imparts to us, which also will make us live forever in His presence. Our key scripture throws more light on this eternal life and the operation of the word in us.
What is death? In 1st Corinth 15:26, the scriptures said that the last enemy that would be destroyed is death”. Death from this scripture is revealed as an enemy. Meaning it is a personality. At the creation of man the Lord God informed Adam and Eve our first parents that on the day, they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they will die. They disobeyed, and therefore died spiritually, and later died physically. At this very stage, we see death coming into action when the word of God is broken and rebelled against. Thirdly, the scriptures also reveal death as a power to separate the spirit of man, that makes a man live on this earth, from his body. This makes the man physically dead. James 2:26 KJV” For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” In a similar vein, when the Spirit of God departs from the spirit of man, the word reveals, that person is spiritually dead.
The above is the power and operation of death. The word of God says the following, Prov 4:20-22 KJV” My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings, Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” The above scripture is the word of our Lord Jesus, who is God, and also said, my words are spirit and life John 6:63. It is just true that if a man should diligently guard and keep the words of the Lord in him, life would continually function in Him and death would not overtake him. The word of the Lord Jesus is the SEED OF IMMORTALITY. According to the scriptures, if a man does not allow the world and its teachings and ways to model or shapes him, but renews his mind with the words of God, He will prove or produce that which is good, perfect and acceptable will of God. Rom 12:2. By this scripture one can prove the will of God in three levels.
Proving the perfect will has been the challenge of most men. Enoch walked with God so perfectly, God took him bodily from this earth. Gen 5:24 KJV “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
Please just consider the following scripture in Hebrews 6:5 ” And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come”. It talks about tasting the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. What is the powers of the age to come? This is when Christ comes for the second time and there shall be no more death, sorrow or pain. Rev 21:4.
The scripture says one can taste it now.
It is the tasting or feeding on the good word of God that carries us into participating in the powers of the age or world to come.
To be continued
The word of God is Spirit and life. I guard myself with the word of God and keep it in my heart. I do not allow it to leave my eyes. It is therefore life unto me and health unto all my flesh. Death has no place in me. Glory be to the Lord.
THOUGHT: THE WORD IN, DEATH OUT, BUT THE WORD OUT, DEATH IN.
2Tim 1:10 KJV” But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
Hebrews 2:14 KJV “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”