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Natural Death

Infinity SymbolWoody Allen (1935-present ) in one of his forty or so films called "Hannah and Her Sisters" said, "I don't want to gain immortality through my work. I want to gain immortality by not dying." Woody had a point but Jesus said 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 expected because of our devotion to God's Son to gain heaven's immortality because it was a natural part of our being, something to be expected after we died.

Dead as a Doornail

Door NailThe English poet William Langland (1332-1386) 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 was driven through a vertical board and a horizontal one perhaps in a door and the the point of the nail was then bent over so that it cannot be pulled out. There was a certain finality in being "as dead as a door nail." It was really "dead." We would all be "as dead as a doornail" in this respect until Jesus personally gave us immortality. It was a "miracle happening" for every Christian. Jesus said in John 8.51, "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." There was no death in store for the believer. Death meant separation. Natural death was the separation of the spirit from the body and spiritual death was the separation of the soul from God. Christians would not see death for their souls would never be separated from God!

"Gain Heaven Immortality"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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