The Cleansing Effect of Death

When some people learn that Everyone Is Going to Heaven, they have a hard time imagining how certain despicable people qualify.  The fact is that none of us qualify, but God through His great love for us has guaranteed it.

Human society will be different in heaven than it is down here.  For one thing, there will be no temptation in heaven (the tempter was cast out).  For another, we are all fully released from sin at death.  Death was the punishment for sin and once its price has been paid, we are free to move on. 

Even those who are contemptuously wicked here on earth will be humbly repentant in heaven.  Death takes away the scales from our eyes and breaks loose the hardening of our hearts.

Since this is the case, Jesus invites us to go ahead and die now.  That is, release your earthly self-image and embrace your identity in Christ.  See yourself as who you truly are: a child of the Almighty God, created to selflessly do good works for others.

The apostle Paul himself said in the New Testament that he had been “crucified with Christ” and that it was “no longer he who lived, but Christ lived in him.”  Does Christ live in you – or are you still living in your pre-death identity?

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One Response to The Cleansing Effect of Death

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    ‘Jesus invites us to go ahead and die now. That is, release your earthly self-image and embrace your identity in Christ. See yourself as who you truly are: a child of the Almighty God, created to selflessly do good works for others.’

    Beautifully written, Mike. 🙂

    Reading the word “release”, a question came to my mind:
    “What if I had the chance for just one day of release as to anything I go through?”
    An unusual question or even twisted thinking, as it seems, but I really wonder whether this would be a good idea…or not!

    On the one hand, my life is not easy currently, and sometimes I am fed up with another new problem I must face. Yet on the other hand, I know that all those trials keep me close to God [only He has the medicine to cure all my pain 😉 ]. Just yesterday I have realized that there is not one single area in my life (and no one), for which or for whom I am not praying because of my helplessness and cluelessness (from every point of view).

    I can’t pretend that this were a brand new way which could take my breath away – quite the contrary. And I don’t think I understand why my need to live at God’s perfect command is so deep. All I know for sure is this: He will always be there when I need Him…

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