Dealing With the Death of a Loved One
I. Saying goodbye is hard.
A. The disciples were sad when Jesus told them that He would be leaving them.
B. The brethren wept when Paul left and would see them no more. ACT 20:36-38.
C. Mary and Martha were filled with grief when their brother died. JOH 11:32-33.
1. They were deeply saddened even though they knew that he was in heaven and that they would see him again. JOH 11:23-27.
2. Jesus Himself wept when Lazarus died. JOH 11:33-35.
D. When you love someone, it's painful to let them go. JOH 11:35-36.
Before the Flood, the Other Factor
(GEN 6:1) And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
(GEN 6:2) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
(GEN 6:3) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Before the Flood: Another Factor?
I. Some affirm that GEN 6:1-4 describes “unequal yoke” marriages of godly Sethite men to unbelieving women, and that such unions corrupted true religion along the lines of DEU 7:3-4.
A. It is not to be denied that a believer may be adversely affected by an unbelieving spouse,
and that a believer who selects a spouse based upon looks rather than character is
particularly susceptible since they are lacking discretion even before marriage.
B. This issue is magnified when children are brought into the picture.
Why the Flood?
A. (GEN 6:11) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
1. corrupt: as pa. pple. Corrupted, depraved, spoiled.
a. The total depravity of man was on full display. ROM 3:9, 15-18.
b. True religion was, except for Noah, gone. Corrupt religion lends itself to
violence. GEN 4:8; PSA 106:35-38.
c. The condition was universal: “...all flesh had corrupted his way...” (GEN 6:12).
2. Prior to the Flood, there had been no law given for capital punishment.
GEN 4:15 c/w GEN 9:5-6.
Justice and Judgment
I. Sometimes we are called upon to render judgment in the court of the church and we may be called upon to sit on a jury in a civil court.
A. As a church we have judicial authority over our individual members. 1CO 5:12; 6:1-5.
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B. In 1.
Our power only extends to separating company from an offender.
Church membership is voluntary and apostates are free to leave. JOH 6:66-68. This is a power of free association that can only be harmed by church incorporation, not helped by it.
Noah, the Faithful Preacher
A. Noah was a preacher of righteousness. 2PE 2:5.
1. He preached unto his wicked generation by the Spirit of God.
2PE 1:21 c/w 1PE 3:18-20.
a. NOTE: heaven is a place of the spirits of just men made perfect (HEB 12:23),
but hell is a place of the spirits of unjust men made prisoners.
b. There they must wait with chained fallen angels “...unto the judgment of the
great day” (JUDE 1:6 c/w REV 20:13).
c. Noah ministered while on an ark-building project. Vital family or business
concerns should not overcome the minister's calling to God's work.
Coping With Dying
I. Until Christ returns, we must come to terms with death. 1CO 15:54.
A. The grave is man’s long home. ECC 12:5; JOB 17:13.
B. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. PRO 27:1.
C. Fools assume too much about their prosperity and longevity.
LUK 12:19-21; JAM 4:13-14.
D. Some in history have had a prescribed window of time to prepare for death (according to estimates of physicians, etc.) but only a few have had a prophetic word from God about their impending death, as Hezekiah. ISA 38:1.
1. Hezekiah’s response of effectual fervent prayer availed much: God extended his
The Dry Valley Filled With Water (2 Kings 3)
1. This event takes place during the days of the prophet Elisha.
A. Elisha's name means, “God is my salvation.”
B. As a prophet, he was indwelt by the spirit of Christ. 1PE 1:10-11.
C. Thus we can see Christ in his life, ministry and miracles. JOH 5:39.
2. This narrative begins by introducing the reign of Jehoram the son of Ahab, over Israel. vs. 1-3.
A. Although his wickedness was not to the degree of his parents, he still wrought evil in God's
The Power in Salvation
(ROM 5:6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
I. Consider the scheme of the eternal salvation of sinners generally proffered by gospel preachers.
A. Jesus Christ died for all sinners without exception.
B. His atonement did not eternally save anyone but only made this salvation a possibility.
C. The acquisition of this salvation is conditioned upon the sinner's belief of the gospel.
D. Only the accepters end up in heaven. Others end up in hell.
Profiting From Your Bible
(1TI 4:15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
I. This series assumes Scripture to be God’s inspired revelation in written form. 2TI 3:16-17.
A. This also assumes that Scripture is preserved. PSA 12:6-7.
B. This also assumes that Scripture is pure. PRO 30:5.
II. Profiting from Scripture depends upon:
A. having the true Scripture. 2CO 2:17.
B. believing it is the true Scripture. 1TH 2:13.
C. having necessary spiritual qualifications. JOH 8:42-44; 1CO 2:14.