Class Notes: 7/28/2021
The judgment seat of Christ part 18 The categories of death part 4
2Tim 3:12-13; Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.13 because evil men and demagogues will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Jer 50:6-7; "My people have become lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. They have forgotten their resting place.
7 All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, 'We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the Lord, their true pasture. They have sinned against the Lord in whom their ancestors trusted.'
Jesus came to save what was lost and destroy the works of the devil. Matt 18:11; 1John 3:8c; who deceives the entire world Rev 12:9;
Heb 2:14-15; Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Psa 34:19; Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
2Cor 4:17-18; Because our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
In our study on the judgment seat of Christ based on Rev 2:11; we took up a study of the doctrine of death where we noted that believers who reject God's Word and refuse to respond to His discipline may suffer what is called the "sin leading death" 1John 5:16; 1Cor 11:30; This refers to a sin that leads to the physical death of the believer at which point the believer is absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.
The sin unto death is the most miserable experience that can happen to a believer. Psa118: 17-18; Rev 3:16; Acts 5:1-10.
The believer who has rejected God's Word is as miserable in dying as he was throughout his life. The most miserable people in life are believers, because God only has the period of their lifetime in which to discipline them.
However, once their physical life is over they will be in heaven where Rev 21:4 applies to them and every other believer because they are irrevocably associated with Jesus' victory on the cross. It is Better to end one's life in the horror of the sin unto death, than to spend eternity in the lake of fire.
A few summary points regarding what physical death is for the believer.
For the believer death means no condemnation; Rom 8:1. Heb 9:21, "It is appointed unto man once to die, but after that the judgment." The evaluation of the believer at the "bema" of Christ (2Cor 5:10; is a picnic when compared to the Great White Throne Judgment of the unbeliever. Rev 20:11-12;
For the Church Age believer death means to immediately be face to face with the Lord, 2 Cor 5:8.
Physical death means the end of pain, Rev 21:4, "No more sorrow, nor more tears, no more pain, no more death; the former things have passed away."
Death means an eternal inheritance, 1 Pet 1:4-5.
Death means living in a new home. 2Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23;
Death means the experiential realization of the eternal life that we presently posses. Now we are only semi-conscious that we possess eternal life; that is, we know it from doctrine. Heb 11:1; But it's not yet part of our empirical experience. John 10:27-28;
Death means waiting for the resurrection in the interim body, as per 1Thes 4:13,18; its anticipation is mentioned in John 11:25.
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