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January 25, 2021 2:00 am
Death is the enemy of us all, and it is the assured fate of us all. In the message "Death Is Certain...but God," Skip shows you how God has changed this enemy into a friend, giving you confidence to face it.
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God did pay the price to free everyone God will review my soul. You can buy your way out of debt. You can buy your way into heaven by Jesus by his death makes your death temporary and with that gives you a ticket to have can't get out of.
Death is only one way to escape death and that is to believe in the Lord of life. We are all guilty of spending our time, energy and resources on frivolous things, but today on connect with Skip hides Skip gives you a refreshing and hopeful look on how dealing with death can help you live a fuller, more satisfying life today. But before we begin. Here's a great resource that will help you know God more intimately so you can experience a richer relationship does God exist, and if he dies. Is it possible to know him your answer to those two questions shapes how you see the world skip.
I think once wrestled with those very questions himself, and I've been teaching the Bible for over three decades before I became a Christian and when I was new to the faith.
I studied science and philosophy alongside the Bible as I studied, I grew confident that God does exist. And yes, we can know in the biography of God. The brand-new book by Skip I think you will learn to remove the limits you may have placed on your idea of who God is. Everything changes when you acknowledge and believe that God is who he says he is biography of God is always a thank you when you give $35 or more today to help expand this vital teaching outreach to more people request your copy when you give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer or call 800-922-1888 and Psalm 49 today as we get into the teaching with Skip Heitzig you know that death is mentioned 394×394 times, you can escape smitten that many times in Scripture. One of the most famous you all know this.
If you're as old as I am you remember a song by the birds that was based on Ecclesiastes 3. To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born in a time to that time to be able. I want us. With a counselor my mind I think about those who are born will all die. Now those are realities that are happening simultaneously. We know this to be true. 4.3 people are born into our world. Every second. Two people die every second. So, more than twice, are being born onto the earth and are leaving the earth what that means is every hour, 6316 people die in the next hour over 6000 people will die under all about to say the simple reality of the song. Death is a part of life and I get very graphic.
One day, your home will be 6 feet under some plot of ground as will mine be so you can you can stay healthy. Until then, you can run. You can take vitamins you can pop iron.
You can count the calories you construct your face pastor earlobes, but you get a low dose one day you will keep an appointment with death IDC Washington DC undertaker signs all of his correspondence. Eventually your number seven. None of them can by any means redeem his brother got a ransom for him.
Go down to verse 11 didn't finish that up there thought that is these secular minded unbelievers have no thought for God.
Their thought is that their homes houses will last forever. Their dwelling places to all generations. They call their lands after their own names and it funny how towns have names of people who started them as settlers years ago. The name still sticks, but even sweet who doesn't say own are making payments on properties are names written on the title. They call their lands after their own names.
Nevertheless, man fellow in honor does not remain is like the beasts that perish. This is the way of those who are foolish and of their posterity who approve their sayings so not even the wealthiest person with access to the world's best healthcare can escape death people who tend to rely on wealth or status or what they have in their family bank to rely on that is an exercise in futility. Why, because he says you can't redeem yourself, you can't redeem anyone else all the money in the world can buy life in it always amazes me and I notice this is a trend I've noticed is in every generation that the wealthiest people on earth get to a point where they have so much stuff and then one day it dawns on them.
I'm in the die and then is alive and I have a lot of money.
Maybe I don't have to. Maybe I could invest in something that figures out a way to be death. I kid you not, it's usually a mental disease of the very very wealthy and I was reading an article that cited an article in the New Yorker magazine.
The article is entitled the God pill Silicon Valley's quest for eternal life and the article talked about Google's cofounder, you know Google is everybody Google something research search engine Google's cofounder Sergei Brin along with wealthy entertainers, musicians, movie stars, along with Nobel prize-winning scientists are collaborating in the launch of medicine's grand challenge in health and longevity distributing $25 million to as one doctor put it, and aging forever. Good luck, but this antiaging research campaign by the cofounder of Google. He was speaking to a group of people with a straight face.
He said this and I quote no, I'm not actually planning to die." Now I gotta believe that one day Sergei is going to be very disappointed as he finds out he too has an appointment with death. It is appointed to every man wants to die and after this the judgment. That's the point is one of the points of Psalm 49 that every kind of carbon-based life will parish be it man or be a beast. What is that mean to us. Simply, we should be aware of it and we should be ready for because once you cross the threshold of what we call death in your body stops and begins to decay your soul lives on. The question is where and that auto bother some people to answer that question. I always loved that story.
The Paul Harvey used to tell when he was on the radio. He told so many good stories retold the story about a man is driving his car lost control when into a ditch and hit sign a pole and it was a gas station sign off of the freeway. He was rendered unconsciously slumped over his wheel unconscious. He had hit her gas station sign. As I mentioned, he's unconscious. Didn't see this happen, but it was a Shell gas station and the S fell off. Upon impact. So when he wakes up and he looks up he sees the sign hell open 24 hours. What is he thinking life is unstable. Death is universal.
1/3 major truth of the Psalm is the best and that is redemption is possible back out of verse 14 where we started a moment ago like sheep there late in the grave, death, self feed on them.
It's irony, really because she raise with Hertz is death will feed on them. The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, no matter how good you look you will look for long. The beauty shall be consumed in the gray far from their dwelling, but God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave for he shall receive me. Here's one of those great but God sentences in the Scripture. One of the best statements ever. One of the most faith filled declarations ever to be found in Scripture, but God will redeem my soul from the great I want to compare something. Look at verse seven.
I notices after reading this several times.
Took a while. Verse seven. None of them can by any means redeem his brother. Verse 15 but God will redeem my soul from the power of the great get the message.
You can't redeem anybody.
You can't redeem yourself, the word redeem means to set free by paying the price that the language of redemption you sent us a slave free by coughing up money and you buy that freedom for the slave. Usually you won't have yourself you purchase his freedom and you can let them go so the thought is you can't pay a price to free anyone.
God did pay the price to free everyone God will redeem my soul so you can buy your way out of death, you can buy your way into heaven by Jesus by his death makes your death temporary and with that gives you a ticket to heaven. You can get out of death is only one way to escape death and that is to believe in the Lord of life as a lawyer one time who was on his deathbed and he said, was like honey bring me a Bible. She was shocked because he never read the Bible never really cared much about biblical things. So she found a Bible blew the dust off of it, gave it to him. He started looking at her. She came into the room.
Sometime later he was just engrossed, pouring over the Scripture turning the pages.
Page after page, and she finds a what are you doing and he said I'm looking for loopholes. There are none.
The only loophole to death is to have a relationship with the one who holds the keys of life and death, that is the Lord Jesus Christ to look at verse 15… Drill down a little deeper into that it's worth unpacking, but God will redeem my soul and the power of the grave for he shall receive me. I know this is poetic and lyrical, but it's also highly theological expresses faith in God for personal redemption and for eventual resurrection. So let's let's break it up into three different phrases. The first phrases but God will redeem my soul. In other words, God will provide payment for my soul. That's were redeeming to provide payment for my soul for us. When did that happen at the cross. The cross payment was made. All of our sins laid on Jesus the payment of blood, a perfect life, a sinless life and atoning death payment was made on the cross so he will redeem my soul. Gotta provide payment for my soul. Second phrase redeeming from the power of the grave.
So the thought there is God's redemption includes giving me power over death and then look at that last phrase, for he shall receive me to me that indicates that God plans to resurrect me at some point after death to receive me member what Jesus said to his disciples. I'm going to prepare a place for you and if I go I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be with me, you'll be receive your be in his presence same thought in Psalm 73. David writes you will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me into glory.
Some translations because receive means you just take me with you or you just bring me take me invite me. They just translate this or he will take me not, he will receive me but he will take me back to my attention.
To jog your memory, because back in Genesis chapter 5 verses guy named Nick and there's a short little verse four.
Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him. It's an odd rendering it almost sounds like you guys walking around one day on this earth. And then he's not in God.
Just from earth to heaven.
Turns out it's exactly what it means is the commentary on that is found in the New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 11, the author says by faith unit was taken away listen so that he did not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him all of these verses that I've mentioned speak about being in God's presence physically not just spiritually, not to CMI spirits or floats in your your your spirit will be with God. But at some point in the future. Your physical body that decays in a grave will be raised from the grave. You will be transformed and, in actuality, in physicality, you will be in the physical, actual, literal presence of God's way Jesus that I go to prepare a place for you.
Heaven is a real place in the Old Testament. Job is one of the best scriptures ever in the Bible, ever, ever, ever, Job 19 Job was a person who lived during the patriarchal. So that's one of the oldest texts ever. Job said this I know that my Redeemer lives and he shall stand at last upon the earth, and after my skin is destroyed, this I know that in my flesh I will see God. I will be hold them with my eyes my eyes and not another. So here's Job centuries before Redeemer came centuries before the gospel was ever articulated and he believes in physical resurrection and are sometimes some people say well I can't be there Tuesday, but I'm with you in spirit what they mean by that. I'm thinking good thoughts about I'm not with you there physically but while you're doing that I'm over here and I'm I'm thinking of you. You're in my heart you're in my mind I'm with you in spirit which you will physically at some point in the future be resurrected to new life. What that means is to shorten it up. Death is not the final word. Jesus is the final word because he said I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me will never die. Even experiencing physical death is like this momentary and it ushers you somewhere else so life is unstable. Death is universal redemption as possible. Now we want to bring this to a conclusion which brings 1/4 and kind of a final undergirding bottom-line reality and that is confidence is conditional. Verse 16 begins the conclusion. Do not be afraid when one becomes rich and applies someone other than you, your neighbor somebody's getting a lot more than you're getting. Thus, more powerful will be afraid when somebody becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased for when he dies he shall carry nothing away his glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lives he blesses himself or men will praise you when you do well for yourself, he shall go to the generation of his father's. They shall never see light.
A man who is in honor yet does not understand is like the beasts that perish. That's the conclusion of this worship song and the conclusion is simple.
It's an obvious conclusion. Don't be jealous of people who have a lot because people who have a lot when they die they leave a lot like a millionaire who died in 76 how much you believe in somebody said every cent you can take any of it with you. I've always been fascinated Egyptian mentality burying their pharaohs. You know they buried them in gold sarcophagi with ornate furniture and jewels and all of the accoutrements of this life in a tomb because they actually believed that there can enjoy them in the afterlife again a great disappointment.
Job put it this way naked I came from my mother's room and naked, I will depart. That's what Paul was thinking when he wrote to Timothy first Timothy chapter 6 verse seven for we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. If you ever notice but on the back of a dollar bill on the right-hand side of the reverse or the backside of a dollar bill is an eagle shows the wings of an eagle. Did you know that's biblical you know that's prophetic. Listen how this is Proverbs 23 do not overwork to be rich because of your own understanding, cease for riches certainly make themselves wings and they fly away like an eagle toward heaven. There was a man who said you know people say money talks.
The only thing is ever said to me is by so I just find it fascinating that the back of every dollar has this ego with the Sia euro hold onto a long verse 20 the last verse gives a call for us to understand something. A man who is in honor yet does not understand is like the beasts that perish. What is you want us to understand simple trusting anyone or anything other than God is foolish trusting while trusting materialism, trusting a person trusting an institution trusting anything other than God is foolish. There will those are strong words foolish. Well it's actually used in the song in verse 13. This is the way of those who are foolish member.
Jesus told a story about a wealthy entrepreneur he made so much money and that he was very successful and he went on a building spree but he suddenly died. So the sky had all the stuff and get unlimited all my stuff. I guess I'll just build bigger warehouses to store my stuff as I got so much stuff so we did that and he said now I'm at a place in life.
I can say to my social take your ease, eat, drink and be merry problem as he died suddenly Jesus said, God said to him, you fool, this night, your soul will be required of you, then whose will those things be, by which you have provided. When you understand that the temporary nature of life.
The certainty of death.
The spiritual reality of everlasting life, and you understand that it gives you a confidence because you have stability, that stability breeds real competence and confidence is conditional. Not everybody has it. The believer has why because death isn't the end of the road. It's the band of the road is just a bend in the road. It's a portal that's leading you somewhere else. It's a doorway to life is just a little blip on the radar screen. One author said it this way only on this side of the curtain is death. Our enemy just beyond the curtain. The monster turns out to be our friend the label. Death is still on the bottle but the contents are eternal life. Death is our friend because it reminds us that heaven is near. How near it's as near as a heartbeat.
As near as an auto accident as near as a stray bullet.
As near as a plane crash.
If our eyes could see the spiritual world we might find that we are already at its gates and I think it's actually safe to say that in a room of a of a group this size. Some of us are at the gates. Some of us won't be here in a year. We don't know when our appointment to die is but will not be late for whatever that is and it could be that were at the gates.
So me take all that we have said and boil it down to an irreducible minimum. I like to do that and put it to you this way if there is no hereafter the nothing matters is why many philosophers turn into fatalist is a matter because if you decide to live biologically and consciously. But then afterwords you cease to exist, then there's no purpose to life and nothing at all matters.
So if there is no hereafter the nothing matters but if there is a hereafter, the nothing else matters and that becomes the central issue and focus that we need to address. We need to do it here and now, on this earth to think clearly and soberly about life and death, judgment, returning then reps of Skip's message from the series but God you skipped until you for your support helps keep these messages coming your way and connects more people to the good news of Jesus. God long ago planned his son coming to earth to die on a cross for our sin he planned to bring you into his family. That's incredible news and we want to share with more friends all around the world and you can be a part of that work to your gift today. You not only keep these teachings on the air but you will help connect so many people to the love of God and the riches of his word. Here's how you can give a gift right now. We should connectwithskip.com/donate to give your gift today that's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 892 to 18.
Again, that's 809 two 218 coming up tomorrow Skip pacing shares about how the future is well known to God and why you can rest in his plan. Now why is it that people have insults asked about knowing their future and I notice this for years among virtually every group of people they want to know what the future is in a whole why is that and I say all people. I mean even Christian Castle Skip presentation of connection communications changing to ever-changing time