PREPARE TO DIE
1. PREPARE TO DIE, some may find this topic morbidly offensive, as DEATH is a taboo in many cultures. It is a journey we must undertake and every breathe we inhale is one less to exhale, as “… IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Man is like a spaceship programmed to TRAVEL through TIME to ETERNITY. Few minutes after takeoff, the liquid fuel rocket falls off as the ship escapes the pull of GRAVITY and sails into space. In the same way, DEATH is the shedding of FLESH to escape the pull of MORTALITY as we sail to EVERLASTING LIFE or PERDITION. No matter how long a man lives here, it is “FEW MINUTES” compared to ETERNITY and it is these FEW MINUTES we all have to PREPARE our TRAJECTORY to ETERNAL GLORY or EVERLASTING SORROWS. When you take a life insurance policy and or write a WILL, you are not PREPARING TO DIE, but making arrangement for those you shall leave behind. To PREPARE TO DIE is a personal decision to understand the mystery of DEATH, nature of LIFE after DEATH and take deliberate steps to ensure your trajectory after DEATH leads to ETERNAL GLORY, therefore, “… SET THINE HOUSE IN ORDER: for THOU SHALT DIE, … “ [Isaiah 38:1]
2. PREPARE TO DIE and save yourself the agony of SECOND DEATH, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 6:23] Satan is the father of SIN and from him SIN passed to all men through Adam and Eve [John 8:44] We are CONCEIVED and BORN in SINs and the one who wields the sword of DEATH over the FLESH is the devil, as the Bible says: “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” [ Hebrews 2:14] The demise of the FLESH is the FIRST DEATH and there is SECOND DEATH which is incarceration in the LAKE OF FIRE. The LAKE OF FIRE was originally prepared for Satan and his angels, but shall also accommodate the “… fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] I charge you, therefore, to PREPARE TO DIE and escape the SECOND DEATH.
3. PREPARE TO DIE and you will inherit a BODY designed for LIFE after DEATH, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOUJLD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE“ [John 3:16] It is certain this terrestrial BODY shall one day DIE, if the Lord tarries. When it does, God has MANSIONS ready to house the SOUL and SPIRIT of those who BELIEVED the GOSPEL preached in the name of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Thus, said the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU” [John 14:2] These MANSIONS are not castles made of glass or stones but CELESTIAL BODIES which neither age nor DIE. They are SPIRITUAL BODIES equipped to shine as stars, forever, as the Bible says: “There are also CELESTIAL BODIES, and BODIES TERRESTRIAL: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another” [1 Corinthians 15:40] Only those who PREPARE TO DIE in line with the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ shall receive CELESTIAL BODIES in the likeness of Jesus Christ, and “… we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] Beloved, PREPARE TO DIE, not in fear of DEATH but grounded in the GOSPEL of GRACE and HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.
4. PREPARE TO DIE in the WISDOM of the only ONE who ever came down from heaven and ascended to heaven, as it is written: “And NO MAN HATH ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, even the SON OF MAN WHICH IS IN HEAVEN” [John 3:13] Take note, the “SON OF MAN WHICH IS IN HEAVEN” and on earth at the same time is the MYSTERY of God MANIFEST in FLESH to demonstrate His POWER over SIN and DEATH and guide us through FAITH to ETERNAL LIFE [1 Timothy 3:16] To PREPARE TO DIE, therefore, is not about building grandiose mausoleums to house rotten flesh and bones, but choosing the path of POWER and WISDOM of God, that is “… CHRIST the POWER of God, and the WISDOM OF GOD” [1 Corinthians 1:24] Christ is the POWER OF GOD, by which when He died on the Cross, He overcame DEATH and “… DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY” [1 Corinthians 15:54] Christ is the WISDOM OF GOD, by which those who receive SALVATION by GRACE through FAITH in His NAME receive ETERNAL LIFE, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE BY JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 5:21] I admonish you, therefore, to PREPARE TO DIE by taking up the offer of GRACE through FAITH in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ and LIVE FOREVER.
5. It is never too early to PREPARE TO DIE. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today and remain standing in FAITH until His appearance, when we “… which are ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and SO SHALL EVER BE WITH THE LORD [1Thssalonians 4:17] Amen