“And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believeth thou this?” -John 11:26
Yes, Lord, we believe it; we shall never die. Our soul may be separated from our body, and this is death of a kind; but our soul shall never be separated from God, which is the true death — the death which was threatened to sin — the death penalty which is the worst that can happen. We believe this most assuredly, for who shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord? We are members of the Body of Christ; will Christ lose parts of His Body? We are married to Jesus; will He be bereaved and widowed? It is not possible. There is a life within us which is not capable of being divided from God: yea, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and how then can we die? Jesus, Himself, is our life, and therefore there is no dying for us, for He cannot die again, In Him we died unto sin once, and the capital sentence cannot a second time be executed. Now we live, and live forever. The reward of righteousness is life everlasting, and we have nothing less than the righteousness of God, and therefore can claim the very highest reward.
Living and believing, we believe that we shall live and enjoy. Wherefore we press forward with full assurance that our life is secure in our living Head.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” -John 11:26
[We will take a break from our Friday “Story Behind the Song” series. This little post by Phil at Fighter Verses was too good not to share!]
… shall never die.
I remember a brother praying over me, mentioning in his prayer: “We will be enjoying you 8 billion years from now.”
I was taken aback. 8 billion years from now? I opened my eyes and stared at him. Does he realize what he just said?
Whoa. I’m going to be alive 8 billion years from now. And not just alive … experiencing that fullness of joy—God’s presence.
Sometimes, infinity is so abstract, we need big things less than it just to begin to feel it. That’s probably one reason the Scriptures can describe other infinities finitely. Take David’s words to God: “Your righteousness is like the mountains of God” (Psalm 36:6). God’s righteousness is infinite; mountains aren’t. But when you get the right angle on a mountain, it puts you in your place. So also God’s righteousness, the Scriptures effectively say.
So we return to John 11:26: “everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” Alive, 8 billion years from now. Somehow I missed it all this time, in all the familiarity of the believers’ eternal life. I even missed it in Amazing Grace:
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
[by Phil at FighterVerses]