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Episode Info: Today we're going to cover something that a lot of people wrestle with and that is the topic of death. Starting at the beginning with the creation story we'll build up a proper perspective of life and death.Genesis 1:1 - The Beginning of LifeGod exercises the establishment of life within the universe through the 6 day creation event. (Genesis 1:1-2)God gives Adam the tree of life to eat from (Genesis 2:8-9) and gives him autonomy to eat from it (Genesis 2:16-17)God does NOT command them to refrain from eating from the Tree of Life until Adam and Eve are kicked out of Eden. (Genesis 3:22)What we see is God creating and acting as the arbiter of ALL life.We see God emphasizing His desire for life eternal with Him. This was the initial setup. And it was good. He even warns Adam to abstain from disobedience to avoid death; breaking the relationship of eternal life with God in the Garden.God is a God of life, not death.God sent Jesus (the way, the truth, the life - John 14:6) to save and reconcile us back to Him after the fall to express His desire for life eternal with humanity.The point (Life is Primary)Life eternal is our primary way of existing.No one really dies.Life isn’t temporary, it is only temporary on this earth.The Bible doesn't teach annihilationism; it teaches the eternality of the soul.The Wicked and EternityMatthew 8:12, Matthew 22:13-14, Jude 1:5-6, Jude 1:7, Revelation 20:10, Revelation 20:14-15The wicked will spend eternity in darkness and also the lake of fire.When we talk about darkness and the lake of fire we see these are eternal places.The Righteous and Eternity(2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 3:20)The permanent residence for the believer is the kingdom of God.Everyone goes through the first death, which is more like sleep, and is the physical death of the body (Daniel 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:15).Jesus raised people from the dead.How Should We LivePhilippians 1:21-24, Philippians 1:21, Philippians 1:27-30Life should not and is not about how we die. Our focus should not be on death. Christ solved that already.Paul recognized it was better to die and be with Jesus, leaving the fallenness of this world and his flesh behind.Live our lives worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Christ died for us. Let us not make a mockery of His great sacrifice.We all give an account (Romans 14:11-12).Our desire must be perfect relationship with God in Heaven, but let us commit ourselves to the duties God has given us while we have time.Contact twitter.com/upnorthkingdom.com | truth at upnorthkingdom.com...
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