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As the Life of a Flower

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As the Life of a Flower

  1. 1. Isa. 40:6-8 - 6The oi e said, C y out! A d he said, What shall I y? All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of ou God sta ds fo e e .
  2. 2. Job 14:14 As the Life of a Flower: A study of death If a man dies, shall he live again?
  3. 3. • The brevity of life As the Life of a Flower
  4. 4. • The brevity of life As the Life of a Flower As the life of a flower, as a breath or a sigh, So the years that we live as a dream hasten by; True, today we are here, but tomorrow may see Just a grave in the vale, and a memory of me.
  5. 5. Psa. 90:10 - 10The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Jas. 4:13-14 - 13Co e o , you ho say, Today o tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a yea the e, uy a d sell, a d ake a p ofit ; 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
  6. 6. • The brevity of life – Prov. 27:1 – Luke 12:13-21 As the Life of a Flower 20But God said to hi , Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have p o ided?
  7. 7. • The brevity of life • What is death? – A separation (Jas. 2:26) As the Life of a Flower
  8. 8. John 19:30 - 30So when Jesus had received the sour i e, He said, It is fi ished! A d o i g His head, He gave up His spirit. Eccl. 12:7 - 7Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
  9. 9. • The brevity of life • What is death? As the Life of a Flower
  10. 10. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death – Gen. 3:17-19 – Heb. 9:27 • Exceptions: –Enoch (Gen. 5:24) –Elijah (2 Kings 2:11) As the Life of a Flower
  11. 11. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? – 1 Tim. 5:6 - 6But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. As the Life of a Flower
  12. 12. Isa. 59:1-2 - 1Behold, the LORD s ha d is ot shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. 2But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Rom. 6:23 - 23For the wages of sin is death…
  13. 13. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? As the Life of a Flower
  14. 14. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death – Rom. 6:23 - 23…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Eph. 2:1-7 As the Life of a Flower
  15. 15. 2 Cor. 5:21 - 21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 1 Cor. 15:20-22 - 20But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
  16. 16. Col. 2:11-13 - 11In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all t espasses…
  17. 17. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death As the Life of a Flower
  18. 18. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live – Rom. 6:1-11 – Col. 3:1-11 As the Life of a Flower
  19. 19. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live – Rom. 6:1-11 – Col. 3:1-11 As the Life of a Flower As the life of a flower, be our lives pure and sweet, May we brighten the way for the friends that we greet; And sweet incense arise from our hearts, as we live Close to Him who doth teach us to love and forgive.
  20. 20. Gal. 2:20 - 20I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
  21. 21. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death As the Life of a Flower
  22. 22. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • Three paths As the Life of a Flower
  23. 23. Deut. 1:39 - 39Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. Eternal Life Innocence
  24. 24. 2 Sam. 12:22-23 - 22A d he said, While the hild as ali e, I fasted a d ept; fo I said, Who a tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the hild ay li e? 23But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to hi , ut he shall ot etu to e. Eternal Life Innocence
  25. 25. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Eternal Death 2 Thess. 1:8 - 8…i fla i g fi e taki g e gea e o those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Guilt
  26. 26. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Eternal Death Rev. 21:8 - 8But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Guilt
  27. 27. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Gal. 6:14 - 14But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Forgiveness
  28. 28. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Eternal Life 1 John 5:11 - 11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Forgiveness
  29. 29. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Eternal Life Rev. 2:11 - 11 He ho has a ea , let hi hea hat the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall ot e hu t y the se o d death. Forgiveness
  30. 30. SIN (Rom. 3:23) Eternal Life John 12:25 - 25He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Forgiveness
  31. 31. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live • Three paths As the Life of a Flower
  32. 32. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live • Three paths • Are you ready? As the Life of a Flower
  33. 33. Psa. 90:12 - 12So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Phil. 1:21 - 21For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 2 Cor. 5:8 - 8We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Rev. 22:20 - 20He who testifies to these things says, “u ely I a o i g ui kly. A e . E e so, o e, Lord Jesus!
  34. 34. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live • Three paths • Are you ready? – 1 Cor. 15:50-58 As the Life of a Flower
  35. 35. • The brevity of life • What is death? • The origin of death • Spiritual death? • Victory over death • We must die to live • Three paths • Are you ready? – 1 Cor. 15:50-58 As the Life of a Flower While we tarry below let us trust and adore Him who leads us each day toward the radiant shore Where the sun never sets, and the flowers never fade, Where no sorrow or death may its borders invade.
  36. 36. Psalm 103 As the Life of a Flower: A study of death
  37. 37. Death cannot se er hat the cross unites
  38. 38. Death cannot se er hat the cross unites

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