A bridge to eternity

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A bridge to eternity

Physical blessings cause a lot of people to turn to God; the idea of the problem they are going through, regardless of how difficult it is, being solved, tends to make a person turn to God.

This is completely normal, and there are countless churches who use the promises of God to attract people to the Kingdom of God and consequently, eternal life, which is God’s ultimate goal when He blesses someone. He wants that person to come to the realization of His existence and the eternal life available through His Son Jesus.

When God created us, he made us with three parts: the body (flesh), the spirit (mind) and the soul (heart), but although all three are needed for a human to function, they all play different roles.

Genesis 3:19, describes just how perishable the body is, that death is inescapable, that we will all return to the ‘dust’ from where we were first formed in the beginning. It also helps us to understand that all the possessions we acquired from our time on earth will be left behind and are therefore temporary.

The spirit, although it is eternal, during the moment of death will leave us just like the body and return to its true Owner, God, as described in Ecclesiastes 12:7. The spirit we have enables us to live, but it needs to be fed and invested in, for it is with a strong spirit that we are able to overcome daily battles. Even God works with our spirit to speak to us, to achieve the impossible, and to lead us to the life He promised.

It is important to note that the ONLY thing that nourishes our spirit is the Word of God, which should be not only read but also meditated upon daily, listening out for the voice of God.

The last part of the three, which belongs to us, is our soul. This is who we are. The place our soul goes at the moment of death depends solely on us, as stated clearly in Ezekiel 18:4; the soul who sins shall die.

This death is not the one experienced by everyone, regardless of who they were, and serves as a type of bridge to eternity. No. This death is known as the second death, which is the eternal experience of being totally separated from God; the soul in an eternity of pain, torment, loneliness and suffering.

To sin against God means to disobey Him, and the wages of sin is this second death. And although God has no pleasure in seeing people experience this, there will be no mercy for those who continually disregard Him and His salvation through His Son Jesus, “…for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Why? Because He is the only one who paid the price of death as the remission of our sins, although He Himself had no sin. And death was unable to hold Him. So He rose again to welcome those who decide to live for Him, into His eternal rest.

God bless you

Bishop Randal Brito
bishop@uckgnew.org

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