To Die is Gain Philippians 1:21-2321 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Death is Scary For most, death is frightening Death is unknown, feared, awful Paul sees some advantages in dying
Death Frees Us From: Sin Sin is missing the mark Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Sin is crossing the line 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the
Death Frees Us From: Sin Sin is missing the mark Sin is crossing the line When death comes – sin stops! Romans 7:1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
Death Frees Us From:Sin Is it real? Is it all worth it? Doubt John doubted in prison Have we “wasted” our faith on a myth? When death comes – What if there is nothing else? All doubts end at death.
Death Frees Us From:Sin We are tempted – enticed to sinDoubt By Satan Temptations By situations By people By greed By selfishness At death all temptation to sin will end.
Death Frees Us From:Sin 3 Kinds of Enemies: People we dont likeDoubt People who dont like usTemptations People who mis- understand each other Enemies Matthew 5:44a But I say to you, love your enemies
Death Frees Us From:Sin Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much asDoubt depends on you, live peaceably with allTemptations men. Enemies Enemies are a normal part of life in a sinful world Death will separate us from our enemies
Death Frees Us From:Sin We are tested – tried – challenged by ourDoubt sufferings Inter-personalTemptations EconomicEnemies Natural disasters Sufferings World events Life is not easy
Death Frees Us From: 1 Corinthians 10:13 NoSin temptation has overtaken you except such as isDoubt common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allowTemptations you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but withEnemies the temptation will also make the way of escape, Sufferings that you may be able to bear it. Death ends our suffering.
Death Frees Us From:Sin The last enemy has been conqueredDoubt 1 Corinthians 15:26Temptations The last enemy that will be destroyed isEnemies death.Sufferings There is nothing left to fear, dread or Fear of Death overcome.
To Die is GainSin DoubtTemptations EnemiesSufferings Fear of DeathAND THERE IS MORE TO THINK ABOUTWHY DREAD THAT WHICH WE DESIRE ABOVE ALL ELSE?