Death is the Door to Eternity – Develop a healthy fear of God (1 Sep 2019)

God has made man to live forever. The first man and woman were deceived by the god of this world and chose to be little gods. They disobeyed God so that they can experience good and evil. Today, mankind follows suit. Today, there are many idols, many gods and goddesses, many perversions that are considered normal. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Isa 5:20).

God has put eternity into man’s heart, yet he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Jesus is the door of eternal life to all who listen to him. They are His sheep.

In the wisdom book of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting” (Ecc 7:2). The Preacher explains, ‘for it (death) is the end of all mankind.”  He counsels all who are living to “lay it to heart.” At the place of mourning, we face the cold fact of death.

Death waits for everyone. Beyond death, there is God.

“eat, drink and be joyful” (Ecc 8:15)
“eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” (1 Cor 15:32b)

God has given wealth and possession for mankind to enjoy. It is a gift of God.

In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher ends his preaching by saying, “The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

So while we are on earth, fear God and acquire wisdom. Jesus beckons, “Follow Me.” He is the fount of our wisdom. He is the source of all wisdom. He who came from heaven to live on earth can help us live meaningfully on earth and bring us to heaven.

Jesus of Nazareth preaches, “Blessed are those who mourn.” Why? They shall be comforted and their reward is great in heaven” (Mt 5:12; Lk 6:22). In the new heaven and the new earth there will be no more tears, no death, no mourning, no crying, no more pain (Rev 21:4).

Death is the door to eternity. Eternity with or eternity without God. For those who live for Jesus, eternity is with Jesus. For those who do not obey the Gospel of God, they face a fearful prospect of judgment by Jesus, the Judge of the living and the dead. And an eternal banishment from the presence of God.

Beyond death is life, for the risen Christ is the life-giving Spirit. He holds the keys of Death and Hades. Death and Hades will be cast into the lake of fire that burns forever (Rev 20:14). Fear God and seek His wisdom by following Jesus.

Elder Yoong Yuen Soo