Edwards’ Resolution #9

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 in Resolutions

download9. Resolved, To think much, on all occasions, of my dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)

Death is not something we think about, or often enough about. Young children really have no perspective on death, and until we see death, whether it be sudden or expected, it is not a topic of interest. However, Scriptures speak to death. In fact, all of Scripture is given so that we might be prepared to die – so we are without excuse.

Death is certain – unless the Lord returns (which is also certain) first. Death entered the world because of sin (Gen. 2:17; 3:3,19) and the promised judgment for sin will be completed when Jesus returns (Mt. 16:27). Contrary to what the natural man thinks, death is not final. All will be raised to judgment. And yet, the believer attests with the Apostle Paul, “To live is Christ – to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). The believer sings, “Even so Lord, COME!” John Calvin once said, “Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection.”

One writer put it beautifully this way:

Thinking of our own death should bring us closer to Christ and how we now have eternal life only by His good grace. Moreover, we are assured that every believer in Him has a crown of righteousness in heaven. Thinking much about death should place upon us such humility and soberness due to our truly frail state that we realize it is only by God’s hand—His grace—that we live each day. Thinking much about our own dying and the events surrounding that fact would keep us in line as a daily reality check, if you will. Our material desires would fade away, our pride and boastfulness should wither, and our passion for the gospel should grow. It is Christ we need for He is our all-sufficient Savior and the object of our deepest joys. And it is by our own death that we go to see His shining face. Be not afraid of it.

“And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.”

Is it well with your soul?

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