Hebrews 9:27-28 – “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” NKJV
My purpose is not to get into a debate about differing beliefs about the “Coming of the Lord” and how that will affect us who are alive on Earth at that particular moment in history. I simply take this passage and state that according to Hebrews we will all die it is an appointment established by God due to the fall in the Garden. Job said of us humans that our days are short and filled with difficulty. The Bible tells us that we are like the flowers that grow by the way we will fade and die. But, natural death is not the end there is eternity to follow and that affords two distinct possibilities. Eternal Life or Eternal Damnation or (Death)!
The Bible is replete with passages concerning this truth and as the writer of Hebrews describes the way to ensure that you only die once and, are not a part of what the Bible calls the “Second Death” you must be “Born Twice”. One birth is natural and the second is spiritual as Jesus told Nicodemus a man must be “born-again.” That new birth is what we call SALVATION or REDEMPTION and takes place when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is when we recognize, acknowledge, confess, and repent f our sins and receive God’s forgiveness for our transgressions. It is what Jesus came for, lived for, died for, arose for, and will return for.
If you have only experienced the natural birth then I urge you to look to the Cross and ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins and receive His grace, mercy, and pardon and allow the work of the Spirit of God to transform you into a “new creation” where old things are passed away and all things are new. An event that will have your name inscribed into the “Lamb’s Book of Life.” An event that will translate you from the kingdom of darkness into God’s Kingdom of Light and make you a member of the family of God. An event that will cause “death” to lose all its sting and ability to cause fear and trepidation in your heart! An event that will allow you to live life to the full and live every day as if it might be your last and do so knowing that if it is you will spend eternity in the presence of God in a state the Bible calls ETERNAL LIFE!
Don’t die twice! May God be with you as you go through this day! Blessings!