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Natural Death

Infinity SymbolWoody Allen (1935- ) in one of his forty or so films called "Hannah and Her Sisters" says, "I don't want to gain immortality through my work. I want to gain immortality by not dying." Woody has a point but Jesus however says in John 11.25-26, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." We expect because of our devotion to God's Son to gain heaven's immortality because it is a natural part of our being, something to be expected after we die.✞

Dead as a Doornail

Door NailThe poet William Langland (c1332-c1386) in his quest for the true Christian life in his poem "Piers Plowman" wrote of the finality of death in the antiquated English language as "ded as a dore-nayl." A "dead door nail" here is a reference in Middle English to a hand forged nail that is driven through a vertical board and a horizontal one perhaps in a door and the the point of the nail is then bent over so that it cannot be pulled out. There is a certain finality in it. It is "dead." We will all be "as dead as a doornail" in this respect until Jesus personally gives us immortality. It is a "miracle happening" for every Christian. Jesus says in John 8.51, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." There is no death in store for the believer. Death means separation. Natural death is the separation of the spirit from the body and spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God. Christians will not see death for their soul will never be separated from God!✞

"Gain Heaven's Immortality"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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