“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” Romans 3:23 NLT. We continue to read, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23 NLT. How did sin enter into the world? “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” Romans 5:12 NLT. We all know this brings back to the Genesis chapter 3 account, in which Adam & Eve were tempted by the Adversary (Satan) into sin through disobedience (act of lack of love for) to the Creator (God).
We might think it is unfair that our first parents decision affected all of us regardless; however, the opposite is true, one man’s righteousness (the Savior/Messiah Jesus) brings us to eternal life as the free gift of God through faith as we read, “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous” Romans 5:19 NLT (must-read chapter: 1 Corinthians 15).
How does death look like? Our brain still holds some activities after death, which means, each individual can know at least he or she is dead after a few moments of his or her own death. Not only your brain but also other parts of your body have activities after death just for a while.
Death is a moment you know you are totally helpless and you possess nothing (both the tangible and intangible). It is the moment you know that you did not create yourself, either (even you know this while your life is given on earth, it is the moment you will admit the fact that you are nothing by yourself). Death is not only closing your life but also knowing your true self (not cover-up) to see loosing everything in your mental faculties as vanity (your ego, pride, possessions, idle thoughts, etc. which are totally apart from God), while knowing that anything you have done good things were from above or beyond yourself (you do not own even good things you have done). Death marks you as “zero” in the light of your achievement(s) as well since every goodness is coming from God (James 1:17). Our end result is “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return” Ecclesiastes 3:20 NIV (Genesis 3:19). “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” Job 1:21 NIV.
Faith and Endurance (James 1:2-18 NLT)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. – T