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'God Did Not Make Death'

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.

- Wisdom 2:23

If I ever get a tattoo, it will be from the Book of Wisdom, and it will read: "God did not make death"(1:13). Wisdom tells us that death entered the world through the devil, not through God. Death was a child of Satan's envy and malice. God intended our immortality. We were built for forever, and we sense that such is our destiny. We are right to be shocked by death, to dread it, to avoid it, to grieve it when it comes. We were not meant for death.

But Christ restored our birthright. He is the just in the hand of God, and his perfect love restored us to eternity. I know all too well that when someone we love dies, it feels like destruction. But we are fools to think they are gone from us forever. Wisdom says to look for the day when those we thought to be dead will shine forth and dart about as sparks through stubble.

- Jessica Mesman Griffith
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Thanks be to God !
Thanks be to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !
Thanks be to the Holy Spirit !
Thanks be to Our Blessed Mother !
Thanks be to All the Saints and Holy Angels !

Forever and ever !
Paul | Posted on: 2017-11-14 13:41:32
That is my lesson on GIFT of GRACE overcoming death this week in Romans 5:15, "But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious GIFT. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful GRACE and His GIFT of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ."

Paul continued relentlessly telling us how great the GIFT of GRACE from God through Jesus Christ is in Romans 5:16-19, "And the result of God’s gracious GIFT is very different from the result of that one man’s sin....
* For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free GIFT leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
* For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful GRACE and His GIFT of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
* Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
* Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

The word 'GIFT' appears 5 times in these five verses!!! It is a free GIFT of GRACE! One question in my lesson is, "How do you respond to that GIFT?" I thought about how many years I kept the GIFT in the box unwrapped and tucked in the basement.....:-( because I don't think I needed it! How foolish of me :-(

So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful GRACE rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! (Romans 5:21)
Salina | Posted on: 2017-11-14 13:35:10
Lia | Posted on: 2017-11-14 09:35:00
freeter | Posted on: 2017-11-14 07:56:17
Mike E | Posted on: 2017-11-14 07:40:14
Thank you so much for your beautiful description of our loved ones who've gone ahead. As we were taking my mother home from hospital so she could die in her own bed, she looked at me with her lovely blue eyes and said, "there is no death". Two days later she joined her sister, mother and father for the "party" in heaven that had been waiting for her arrival.
God bless you.
melissa | Posted on: 2017-11-14 06:00:32
What a beautiful thought, "there is no death". Your Mom was truly at peace with God!
Linda | Posted on:: 2017-11-14 06:26:10
Melissa, what your mother said reminds me of 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57, "When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” ..... But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Christ is Risen by Matt Maher
Salina | Posted on:: 2017-11-14 13:02:21
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