Today is September 13, 2018

Verse of the Day — Psalm 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When a believer transitions to heaven, God is watching.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The Bible says quite bluntly that the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.

A good name is better than a good ointment,
And the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.
—Ecclesiates 7:1

Living with the sin nature is no fun, and believers will be blessed in losing this awful nature when we die.

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. —2 Peter 1:4

The Bible is very encouraging to believers regarding death.

  • It has no sting.

    O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? —1 Corinthians 15:55

    Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?
    Shall I redeem them from death?
    O Death, where are your thorns?
    O Sheol, where is your sting?
    Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
    —Hosea 13:14

  • We are released from the chains of sin.

    and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. —Hebrews 2:15
  • Death is actually our victory.

    But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.” —1 Corinthians 15:54
Paul, having seen heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2), said he would rather be dead than alive (2 Corinthians 5:8)! I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. —2 Corinthians 12:2

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:8

If we are not raptured, we will die a physical death. And since death is at God’s timing, not our own, all the physical fitness in the world will not stave off the inevitable.

No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it. —Ecclesiastes 8:8

So to worry about how long we will live is fruitless. Instead, we are to take on each day with the enthusiasm of a racer in a track meet:

. . . Run in such a way that you may win. —1 Corinthians 9:24

. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. —Hebrews 12:1

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When Believers Die – by Bill Perkins


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

If God is really a God of love, why doesn’t He just save everyone? I find it hard to believe that He would actually cast someone into hell—forever. Since God can do anything, He could therefore save all, so why wouldn’t He?


ANSWER:

The belief that everyone will be saved in the end is called “universalism.” It’s another of Satan’s lies that’s been around since about 225 AD. Most liberal theologians and cults hold to some type of universalism, or its close relative, annihilationism, the belief that those who don’t make it to heaven just go out of existence. They also wrongly believe there is no punishment. Obviously, those who hold to those beliefs don’t take a literal view of the Bible.

But we do take a literal view of God’s Word. And in it we find that God is eternally consistent in His nature. For instance, the Bible says it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Therefore, it is just a matter of searching the Scriptures to determine truth. Regarding hell, the truth is: It exists, and some people end up there for eternity.

. . . Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. —Matthew 25:41

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire. —Mark 9:43

Regarding why God doesn’t save everyone, God’s absolute justice and holiness demand that a penalty be paid for sin.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. —Leviticus 17:11
     See also Ezekiel 18:20

Each person on earth will face this justice.

. . . it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, —Hebrews 9:27

. . . For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. —Romans 14:10

The question on judgment day will be whether we will pay for our own sin or at some point in our life did we trust Jesus’ shed blood at Calvary to pay for our past, present and future sin. The last part of 2 Peter 3:9 says that God “is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

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