Breath of Life
Acts 5:5 -
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
Continuing yesterday's message today, since I got the preceding scripture. Today's scripture talks of Ananias falling down and breathing his last suddenly and this caused fear to come into all. What shocked them was a healthy Ananias suddenly dies in an instant.
Death has always been the most important factor to make people to change their hearts, their thinking or way of life. I know of Pastors and Workers of the Lord's Kingdom who never miss the opportunity to preach God's Word or to minister to unbelievers at funerals since they have had great success in bringing people to the Lord at such events.
My yesterday's post did stir many and there were many different responses. Some thought we would be resurrected in the body therefore our body needs to be buried and not cremated. For them my question goes what happens to a believer who is amputated or their body broken into parts in an accident or eaten by animals or fishes. Will they also be raised in such a state?
Some state we will have revived body. To them then my question goes if a infant dies will he or she be a infant eternally in Heaven? Or if an elderly person dies will that person be looking like that forever in Heaven, then woe unto them that die of old age.
Some say we will have a renewed body. If the look changes by the age then what age would their body be and who decides the age? Will all women be sixteen year looking and men twenty one looking?
The main factor we need to understand is - what is human life?
When God created Adam it is written God made man (body) out of dust yet that body was not living until God breath into him and that caused him to become a living soul.
Firstly what did God breathe into the body of flesh? The word used here also means spirit. Did God put in him His Spirit, if so then that would make Adam a Christ for Christ means one in whom the Spirit of God is. Since Adam was not first Christ so the spirit was not God's Spirit.
We need to go to the part where it says after God breathe into him he became a living soul or soul that became alive. Scriptures state God created everything and rested. Scriptures also states God has already written the names of those who will be truly saved in the Book of Life even before they are born. It also says God knows us even before we are formed in the wombs of our mother. Lord also states He knew us from the foundation of creation. There are many other scriptures like these which conclude that we already existed even before we were born as humans or came into this world.
Let us go back to when God put into Adam a spirit and he became a living soul. The word 'soul' refers to the person, who he is, the inner man. It states when the spirit was put into Adam his soul came alive.
We all know that we are made of 3 parts spirit, soul (inner-man) and body. A soul refers to the inner man and is made of multiple parts like our body is. Our faith, our skills, or character, our knowledge, our curses etc. are all in our soul along with our deeds and the words we speak and the thoughts we think. We are judged on the last day according to our soul. Therefore we will not be able to justify ourselves before the Lord, for our lives will be an open book.
Man in this world is a living soul as far as the spirit is in the body. The moment the spirit leaves the body the soul does not die but becomes inert. Any changes we need to do is when the spirit is in the body after that nothing can be done to change us or change our destination after death or on Judgement Day. People think they can pray or bribe priests to saves the souls of their dear dead ones, they are just deceived.
Being baptized in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit can be done while we are a living soul not after the spirit leaves the body. Similarly working for a high place in Heaven by fulfilling the mission which the Lord has assigned to us also can be done only when the soul is alive.
Since we do not know when our spirit will leave our body, so every moment lost is an opportunity lost.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made us in the flesh to put us in the test. You also have us all the help we need to pass including your grace marks, but only to those who require it from You. Those who do not know You will lose everything. Lord, eternal life is just not about believing but also to do with the Image of God in us, therefore You came to make Sons of God of us. Lord, we pray your people do not lose the precious moment of their lives, that they believe and also mould their souls into your image with the help of the Holy Spirit while the soul is living...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them(plural and male gender).
Genesis 2:7, 21-23
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
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