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Death: The Beginning of so Much More We Have to Look Forward To

Have you ever asked why we are all here? Have you ever asked why this place? Why earth? Why would we be made to dwell here by an obviously intelligent Being? Why this historical connection between the divine and man; God and man?

Throughout history people have poked at these questions and attempted to shrink divinity down to physical objects, various people, gender, self, melanin, ideologies, and other ideas. Society has a way of attempting to exalt self, yet our highest exaltation is still the lowest to God. Not even Christ, who is God, considered himself equal to God in his human form; he lowered himself in order to genuinely exalt us in the Father. Why?

When reading Acts 17, we learn the answer and it’s astounding! Check out these following scripture verses and notice how they answer who made the world and us. They tell who lords over it, about God’s non-corporeal being-ness, our relation to Him and how He is the giver of life, redemption and reconciliation through Christ. Notice also the wisdom in which He composed us into every nation of man and why. Verse 27 tells us why we have pre-appointed times and live in and have been bound to such a place as our world. The scripture reveals God’s work and man’s accountability within His work and then alludes to how death is not the limit but rather the beginning of something more. This is so exciting to understand so please read and grasp these verses in Acts 17:

24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

The answer is so simple. It almost seems too simple. We are all here on earth to seek and find God. The goal is intimacy. Relationship. Earth is simply our meeting place that God created for us to “grope for”, seek, find and get to know Him. Period. In Him, we learn to live, move and have our being.

Why is this so powerful to grasp though? Well, one reason is that it reveals to us how this life is merely the first stop to the eternal life the Lord teaches us that we have in Him as we trust in Him. This isn’t our end all be all. Earth is that temporal boundary and initial introduction into eternal intimacy with the Father. To understand this within itself should fill us with much gladness and hope in what’s to come. This is only the beginning sisters and brothers. By His forgiveness, love, Spirit, grace, wisdom, will and tools He’s provided to His church, He is faithful in finishing the work in which He’s begun in us!

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