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					Before you begin your Bible study, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, be sure
you have named your sins privately to God the Father.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to
    cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Known, Unknown and Forgotten sins) (1Jn 1:9)

You will then be in fellowship with God, Filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to
  learn Truth from the Word of God.

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth."
  (John 4:24)



THE CHALLENGE OF PHYSICAL DEATH.


INEVITABLY, ALL OF US WILL FACE PHYSICAL
DEATH. Some of us will die painfully, some peacefully,
and some honorably. Some will fall asleep and never
awaken; others will go out in a blaze of glory fighting for
freedom on the battlefield. Think of the courageous men
in the United States Navy with their carrier after the battle
of Midway. Trapped in airtight compartments, they
endured the remaining moments of life in darkness
knowing that between them and the waves and the sky
above was absolutely nothing but tons of water. Yet they
had to sit there fully aware that sooner or later, the oxygen
would run out and they would die. What would you do if
you were in one of those airtight compartments, still alive
but hundreds and hundreds of feet from the surface?
Would you panic? Would you fall apart?
    Nothing produces greater fear in the human race than
the thought of physical death. Satan, as the ruler of this
world, (John 16:11) uses death as a lever to frighten and
worry man. (Heb 2:14-15) However, God never designed
dying to be horrible or frightening for the believer in the
Lord Jesus Christ. The omniscience of God knows
precisely how long you are going to remain on earth, and
when He decides to take you home, it will be at the right
time, at the right place, and in the right way. Until then,
nothing can remove you from this life — no person, no
circumstance, not even the devil and all the forces of evil
— “...because greater is He who is in you than he who is
in this world.” (1Jn 4:4)
    God’s plan for every believer is to have a wonderful
death, a time to be anticipated as the dessert of life.
Whether facing danger or enduring a prolonged, painful
illness, never does the believer need to fear or worry
about death. God has assigned a specific death to each
believer and He graciously supplies every need to make
dying the best, the sweetest part of living.
    God’s plan can be fulfilled only through the believer’s
inculcation and application of the Word of God. Only the
believer with maximum Truth resident in his soul has the
capacity to appreciate and experience all of the fantastic
blessings and happiness of dying grace. His death may or
may not include great physical pain. However, there will
be maximum tranquility of soul so that he departs from
his physical body in a state of supreme happiness. Death
for the believer with Divine Thinking in his soul; will be a
walk across the high golden bridge of dying grace; from
phase two into phase three. (Eternity) Dying grace is the
ultimate departure from this life.
WHY PHYSICAL DEATH?
   Before we can study dying grace, we must understand
exactly what death is. The word “death” in the Scripture
does not always refer to departure from life on earth. In
fact, the Bible speaks of ten kinds of death. (Spiritual,
(Rom 5:12) physical, (Php 1:21) temporal, (1Co 3:1)
[Men of flesh or carnal] sexual, (Rom 4:19) the sin unto
death, (1Jn 5:16) productional, (Jas 2:17) uselessness of
the body of flesh, (Rom 8:10) the second death, (Rev
20:14) retroactive positional death, (Col 3:3) and
experiential death, (Mark 8:34-38) to the old sin nature)
For the purpose of this study we will focus on only two
categories of death: Spiritual death-the separation or
alienation of man from God, (Rom 3:23) and physical
death-the separation of the human soul, which is the real
person, from the body, which is man’s earthly tent. (2Co
5:1-4) To understand why man does not live forever on
the earth, we must go back to the origin of Spiritual death.
   In the Garden, God graciously warned Adam and the
women that His judgment on disobedience, or sin, would
be Spiritual death.
    “But from the tree of the knowledge of good [God's
Thinking] and evil [Satan's thinking] you shall not eat, for
in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”(Gen
2:17) cf. (Heb 5:14)
We know that the statement “You shall surely die” does
not refer to physical death because Adam and the women
did not immediately die physically when they violated
God’s Command. They did, however, immediately die
Spiritually; (Gen 3:7) they lost their human spirit and
acquired a sin nature.” You shall surely die” refers to
Spiritual death, separation from God in time. Adam’s
newly acquired status of Spiritual death also caused all
the future generations to be plunged into Spiritual death.
(Rom 5:12-14) With the exception of Jesus Christ, every
person is born Spiritually dead. (Eph 2:1)
   At the end of, (Gen 3:17) we learn from the phrase “all
the days of your life” that physical death is a consequence
of Spiritual death. At some point in time each member of
the human race will die physically, separation of the soul
from the body so that the person no longer lives on planet
earth. The soul, however, never dies, but lives forever in
Heaven, the Abyss or the Lake of Fire.
    Physical death was therefore introduced as a vital issue
in the angelic conflict. Since man was created to resolve
this age-old conflict by choosing for or against God’s
plan, his time on earth becomes significant. God allots
each individual a specific number of days which he may
choose for or against His plan. When this time runs out
physical death occurs.
   And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once
[Physically] and after this comes judgment. (Heb 9:27)
GOD PROVIDES THE SOLUTIONS
    GOD IS HOLY. (1Sa 2:2) God’s integrity — holiness,
is composed of His perfect righteousness and justice.
God’s righteousness is the Standard Principal of his
integrity; His justice is the function of His integrity. What
God’s righteousness accepts, His justice blesses. What
God’s righteousness rejects, His justice judges? Since
God’s righteousness can have nothing to do with
Spiritually dead mankind, His justice can only condemn
him. Yet knowing that man [Adam] would sin and fail,
the love and integrity of God provided a way for man to
have a relationship with Him. Man could come to God
through his grace policy.
     Grace is the expression of God’s unfailing love and
integrity, the policy of His unmerited favor bestowed on
sinful humanity. (Isa 30:18) Simply stated, grace is freely
given and undeserved. God does everything for man
based on the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
(Eph 1:6) Grace began in eternity past with God and is the
Divine initiative that offers a relationship and blessings to
mankind, totally apart from human merit, human works,
or any other human resources. Mankind can do nothing to
earn or deserve grace. God’s grace plan of Salvation not
only demonstrates His perfect character, but ensures
Satan’s defeat in the angelic conflict. (Gen 3:15)
   “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
   On the one hand, the righteousness and justice of God
necessitate both Spiritual and physical death. On the other
hand, His righteousness and justice are propitiated by the
work of Christ on the cross; on our behalf.
   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf
so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2Co 5:21)
    God is now free to provide solutions to the greatest
problem of man. The problem of man’s Spiritual death is
solved by means of his non-meritorious faith in Jesus
Christ as Savior. At the moment of Salvation, the new
believer instantly receives a human spirit into which the
Holy Spirit imputes eternal life making him Spiritually
alive, or “born again.” (John 3:6-7) The problem of the
believer’s physical death — fear — is solved through his
inculcation of Truth and advance toward Spiritual
maturity where he will inevitably receive wonderful
Divine blessings in dying grace.
THE DEATH OF THE UNBELIEVER
    For the unbeliever who does not possess eternal life,
physical death presents a grim picture. In, (Job 24:17) Job
says, speaking of the unbeliever facing death, “For the
morning is the same as the death shadow.” (Corrected
translation) The brightness of the morning means nothing
to the dying unbeliever. He is so frightened by the thought
of death that the time of day or his environment mean
nothing to him; he is in a state of terror. Elihu agreed with
Job about the unbeliever facing death in, (Job 34:22)
when he said, “There is no darkness nor death shadow
where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”
(Corrected translation) There is no place where the
unbeliever can hide from the REALITY of death. When
he dies, his soul goes to Hades to await the Last
Judgment.
    To the unbeliever death is a reminder that his time on
earth is short. (Jam 4:14) Even if he lives a hundred years,
that is still a short time compared to eternity. Death is also
a reminder of this world’s fading glory. Human celebrity
ship or vast wealth or any supposed key to happiness
which has been frantically sought after in life is destroyed
by death. Gaius Julius Caesar was a man of true greatness,
a man of genius in every realm of life, but where is he
today? He “appears” to be in Hades waiting to be
transferred to the lake of fire at the last judgment. He as
an unbeliever would be in Torments now and will be in
torment forever. (Matt 25:41; Luk 16:23; Rev 20:14-15)
What profit to him now are his greatness and well
deserved fame and glory? None at all. For once a person
begins to die, all these things fade away — sic transit
Gloria mundi, “so the glory of the world passes away.”
Only the eternal things remain forever!
   "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole
world, and forfeit his soul? "For what will a man give in
exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)
Whatever enjoyment the unbeliever and or carnal believer
had in life or whatever his accomplishments, all will
become bitter memories. For the unbeliever there is no
hope beyond the grave — only anticipation of eternal
judgment.
   The unbeliever and carnal believer facing death are
also reminded that they dare not take tomorrow for
granted. Death is a specter of the certainty of judgment
for those who are unprepared.
   For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
[Unbeliever] You have destroyed all those who are
unfaithful to You. [Carnal believer] (Psa 73:27)
The only preparation for eternity is the most important
decision of life: choosing to believe in Jesus Christ as
Savior (Act 16:31) and for the believer to stay in
fellowship and Think with Truth.
   But as for me, [Spiritually mature believer] the
nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD
my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works. (Psa 73:28)
On the one hand,
   He who does not believe has been judged already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)
But on the other hand,
   “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he
who does not obey the Son shall not see life but the wrath
of God abides in him.” (John 3:36)
For the unbeliever, death means eternal judgment in the
lake of fire.
    If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of
life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:15)
For the carnal believer, few lashes many lashes, (Luk
12:41-50) or the Abyss. (Matt 8:11-12; Jud 1:11-15; 2Pe
2:15-17; Rev 20:1-3)
   For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but
cast [Tartaroo; from Tartaros] them into hell [Tartaroo;
the deepest Abyss of Hades] and committed them to pits of
darkness, reserved for judgment; (2Pe 2:4)
   For this reason we must pay much closer attention to
what we have heard, so that we [Believers] do not drift
away from it. For if the word spoken through angels
proved unalterable, and every transgression and
disobedience received a just penalty, how will we
[Believers] escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was
confirmed to us [Believers] by those who heard. (Heb 2:1-
3)
    There is no way we can or want to minimize the horror
of death. (Mark 9:47-50) We must face this stark Reality
if we are not prepared for eternity. (Psa 89:48)
   For if we [Believers] go on sinning willfully after
receiving the knowledge of the Truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of
judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL
CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. [From; Nah 1:2]
Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without
mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How
much severer punishment do you think he will deserve
who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has
regarded as unclean the blood of the [New] Covenant by
which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of
grace? For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS
MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, "THE LORD WILL
JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." It is a terrifying thing to fall into
the hands of the living God. (Heb 10:26-31)
   Yet, God does not tamper with the free will of anyone.
(1Ti 2:4; 2Pe 3:9)
THE DEATH OF A GROWING BELIEVER
   In contrast to the unbeliever and the carnal believer’s
terrifying prospect, the death of a Spiritual growing
believer in dying grace is absolutely fantastic. (Psa
116:15; Pro 11:4; Pro 13:14; Eccles 7:1; 1Co 15:55)
Besides removing all fears and uncertainties of death,
dying grace is superior to all the blessings in life because
of Who and What Christ IS and His magnificent provision
in His written Word. Through maximum Truth resident in
his soul, the believer is able to look back on his life with
no regrets and with great satisfaction. At the same time,
he faces eternity with the exhilarated anticipation of
meeting the Lord of Glory face to face. With unwavering
confidence, the believer with maximum Truth in his soul
looks forward to receiving his eternal blessings and
rewards provided by God in eternity past. (1Co 2:9; Eph
1:3; Eph 2:7; Php 3:14; Rev 2:10; Rev 2:28; Rev 3:4-5)
   Why is it that dying grace seems to be the exclusive
privilege of those believers with maximum Truth in their
souls? Would not a loving God want all His children to
have great happiness in their last moments on earth? Can
God be unfair? Absolutely not! It is impossible for perfect
God to be anything but totally just and fair in everything
He does. How, then, can we explain this apparent
inconsistency?
BLESSING IN DYING
   Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And
therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are those
who long for Him. [Patience and dedication to the
persistent intake of Truth] (Isa 30:18)
  All blessing is a matter of God’s grace. The
omnipotence of God has the power and ability to bless the
believer. From eternity past, the omniscience of God has
always known exactly how to bless the believer.
However, in the exercise of any of His Divine attributes
God must conform to the demands of His own perfect
righteousness. So God’s justice says, “Wait! Certain
righteous Standards must be met before I can give
anything by way of blessing to sinful man.”
    Only God could Think of a way for sinful man to
fulfill His righteous Standards and be blessed without
compromising His character. God begins by imputing His
Divine righteousness to the believer at the moment of
Salvation. (Rom 3:22; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:21; Php 3:9)
Imputed righteousness is the basis for our justification.
Imputed righteousness makes the believer the object of
God’s eternal, Personal love. Since God seeks the highest
and best for the objects of His love, in eternity past he
provided phenomenal blessings including dying grace for
every believer. Imputed righteousness is also a target for
all subsequent blessings from God. The imputation of
Divine righteousness sets up a ‘grace pipeline’ that is
encapsulated from any system of human works or merit
and through which God can bless the believer.
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    In every phase of the Divine plan, the believer
functions under his nonmeritorious volition to believe in
and appropriate the blessings God has accomplished on
his behalf. First, because Christ, the Son of God was
judged on the cross by God the father for all the sins of
the entire human race, all we need to do is believe in the
saving work of Christ for Salvation. (1Pe 2:24) Second
because Christ has already paid the penalty for our sins on
the cross, we simply rebound — name our sins to God —
to recover fellowship with Him after we have sinned.
...God is “faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn 1:9) And
finally, because His Thinking — the Word of God, the
“Mind of Christ” (1Co 2:16) — saturates our souls by
means of the grace apparatus for perception for learning
Truth, (Operation Z) we can advance to Spiritual maturity
where we have maximum capacity to be showered with
magnificent blessings for living and dying. (Psa 138:2)
However, to receive blessings from God, capacity for
blessing must precede blessing. All capacity in the
Spiritual life is based on knowledge of Truth. The more
Truth the believer knows, the greater his capacity for
blessing from God. Only from the soul filled with God's
Thinking can God the Holy Spirit produce the inner
blessings of tranquility, happiness and confidence to
combat the usual panic, dread and instability that
accompanying dying.
      Behold, the eye of the Lord [A reference to Divine
protection and blessing] is on those who fear [Stay in
fellowship with] Him, [Mature believers who are
occupied with the Thinking of God] On those who hope
[Have confident expectation] for His lovingkindness, To
deliver their soul [Dying grace] from death. And to keep
them alive in famine. (Psa 33:18-19)
   Why is the “eye of the Lord” on those who are
occupied with the Mind of Christ? Because the believer
who has Spiritually matured is fully adjusted to God’s
justice! He has followed the Divine plan by adjusting to
the justice of God in Salvation, rebound, and Spiritual
growth so that he has the capacity to receive dying grace
blessings. Being occupied with Christ and His Thinking is
Occupation with Christ. (MGG) —
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God is therefore free to bless him, even with the greatest
of all blessings for time.
   Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
godly [Adjusted] ones. [Spiritually mature believers] (Psa
116:15)
   As a Spiritually mature believer, your dying moments
are highly valuable to God because they are His final
opportunity to vindicate all of the Truth in your soul.
Furthermore, bestowing dying grace demonstrates His
Divine approval. You have glorified God in the angelic
conflict. You have pleased Him and it gives Him great
pleasure to bless you.
THE TWO DEATHS OF JESUS CHRIST
   No book on the subject of dying would be complete
without a study of the uniqueness of our Lord’s death.
Jesus Christ died twice on the cross; He died Spiritually
by His separation from fellowship, (In His human nature)
with the father (Psa 22:1) and then He died physically by
dismissing His spirit. (John 19:30)
   His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was
with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no
violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. (Isa
53:9)
   Our Lord was on the cross for six hours, from
approximately nine o’clock in the morning until three
o’clock in the afternoon. While He endured tremendous
physical maltreatment prior to and during the cross, (Matt
26:67; Matt 27:26-35; Mark 14:65; Mark 15:15-26; Luk
22:63-64; Luk 23:11; John 18:12; John 18:22; John 19:1-
19) He was physically alive during the entire period.
However, the three-hour span from twelve noon until
three p.m. was the period of His Spiritual death when the
sins of the entire world were poured out on Him and
judged.
   For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for
the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God. (1Pe
3:18)
When Jesus Christ shouted, (Tetelestai) “It is finished!”
(John 19:30) Jesus Christ had paid the penalty for our
sins. His substitionary Spiritual death — the separation of
His impeccable humanity from God the father, and
judgment on the cross, was the price of our so-great
Salvation. (Matt 27:46) Of the four Gospel writers who
tell us of His last moments on earth, only Luke records
enough for us to identify the full passage that Christ
quoted from the psalms:
  Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed
me, O LORD, God of Truth. (Psa 31:5)
This statement is of extreme importance to you as a
believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, for it reveals the basis
for the dynamics of Jesus Christ throughout His unique
and terrible suffering on the cross — both physical and
Spiritual. “Truth” is the last word Jesus uttered during the
First Advent. The inner dynamics of the Truth resident in
the soul of our Lord Jesus Christ sustained Him for thirty-
three years and while He was on the cross; are the same
dynamics designed to sustain us in both living and dying.
   Just as it was necessary for Christ to suffer Spiritual
death and judgment to secure our eternal Salvation, so it
was necessary for Him to die physically in order to be
resurrected — raised from the dead with an immortal
human body — and glorified at the right hand of God the
Father. Without the resurrection, ascension, session and
glorification of Jesus Christ in His resurrection body, in
the presence of God the Father, our faith would be in
vain. (1Co 15:12-17) Resurrection demonstrates that
Christ has power over death; because He lives, we also
will live. (Luk 20:38) The resurrection of Jesus Christ
gives us absolute confidence in the future, (1Pe 1:3-5; 1Pe
1:21) and is a source of tremendous comfort when we
face death.
   When the resurrected Christ ascended into heaven, He
was seated at the right hand of God the Father. (Psa
110:1; Matt 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luk 20:42-43; Act 2:34-
35; Heb 1:13; Heb 10:13) The Lord’s session, the
glorification of His humanity in a resurrection body,
indicates that the justice of God the Father was
completely satisfied by the Salvation work of His Son on
our behalf. (Act 2:33; Act 5:31; Rom 4:25; Php 2:9) As a
member of the human race, the Lord Jesus Christ has won
the strategic victory of the angelic conflict; the judicial
verdict of God the Father against Satan and the fallen
angels has been demonstrated to be totally fair.
   In addition, the glorification of Christ as the King of
kings and Lord of lords (Rev 19:16) necessitates God the
Father calling out a new, Spiritual, royal family, and
beginning a new dispensation, the New Covenant Church
Age. Christ is the “first fruits” and the Spiritually Mature
Church Age royal family will be next in line to be
removed from the earth. (Rev 3:10)
   Seated at the right hand of the Father, Christ continues
His ministry as our High Priest, “always living to make
intercession on behalf of them.” (Royal family) (Heb
7:25) Divine Thinking is the heritage of the royal family,
as well as the source of capacity for every blessing in time
and eternity. The Word of God resident in your soul as
your number one priority guarantees that you will share in
the supreme victory of all history! Because of our Lord’s
Spiritual and physical deaths and His subsequent
resurrection, ascension, and session as the Victor in the
angelic conflict, God the Father has given Christ the
riches of the universe which He will then distribute to
Spiritually mature believers.
   As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it
and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their
iniquities. Therefore, I [God the Father] will allot Him
[Jesus Christ] a portion of [The spoils of victory] with the
great, [Spiritually mature believers] and He will divide
the booty with the strong; [Growing believers] Because
He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with
transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And
interceded for the transgressors. [Substitutionary
judgment for all] (Isa 53:12)
   As part of the spoils of victory, the Old Testament
saints were transferred from Paradise, or Abraham’s
Bosom, into the third heaven in a triumphal procession
with Jesus Christ. However, the greatest distribution of
spoils belongs to Spiritually mature believers. Only the
“strong” believer, who exploits the heritage of Truth that
our Lord emphasized in His final breath on the cross, will
have the capacity in his soul to receive maximum blessing
in dying. When the believer’s life is Truth, part of the
plunder of victory makes his death, dying grace.
JOB’S DESCRIPTION OF DYING GRACE
   One of the most extensive descriptions of dying
blessings in the Bible is found in Job 5. However, Job
begins his comments on dying grace by reminding us that
until God decides to take us home, there is nothing that
can remove us from this life. God has a system of
deliverance that is perfect.
   “From six [Categories of] troubles He will deliver
you, [Mature believer] Even in seven [Categories of
trouble] evil will not touch you.” (Job 5:19)
   Four examples of trouble are given in (Job 5:20-21)
economic depression, social disaster, military defeat, and
dying.
   “In famine [Economic depression] He will redeem you
from death, And in war the power of the sword. You will
be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, [Maligning and
gossiping] Neither will you be afraid of violence when it
comes.” (Job 5:20-21)
   God can deliver the believer from any catastrophe or
disaster of life; none are too great for the plan of God.
Furthermore, with the inner dynamics of Truth in his soul
the believer can be completely at ease in any dangerous
environment because he knows that the Lord Himself has
allotted him a right time to die and that until then, nothing
can remove him from this life.
   “You will laugh [A relaxed mental attitude from the
inner dynamics of resident Truth and capacity for life] at
violence and famine; neither will you be afraid of wild
beasts. [Any source of lethal danger, including
automobiles or airplanes today] For you will be in a
league with the stones of the field; [Ancient weapons of
destruction; equivalent today to guns, atomic bombs,
intercontinental ballistic missiles, etc.] and the beasts of
the field [Dangerous animals which can kill a man] will
be at peace with you.” (Job 5:22-23)
When God’s appointed time arrives, there is no power in
heaven or on earth, not even the best efforts of medical
science or the protective ability of angelic realm that can
keep the believer alive. Danger does not bother the mature
believer because he is grace orientated; he responds to the
Divine initiative of grace from Truth resident in his soul.
He looks forward to dying grace and the innumerable,
eternal rewards and blessings reserved on deposit for him.
     “And you will know [Through Truth resident in the
soul] that your tent [Human body] is secure, [Fully aware
of what is happening, and anticipating a good death] for
you will visit your abode [House] and fear no loss. [From
Crime] (Job 5:24)
   The mature believer also knows that under dying grace
he will be able to look back on his life with complete
serenity, for he will not be worried about his family and
loved ones left behind.
   “You will know also that your descendants will be
many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.” (Job
5:25)
This does not mean you are going to have many children,
rather that more mature believers will continue living
after you are gone. This places your death in its proper
prospective in relationship to the Lord and the angelic
conflict. Knowing this while you are dying means you can
objectively view those who remain left behind.
    Once you begin to die, you are different from your
friends. They are well and healthy. You have gone into a
new sphere and it’s difficult for them to enter into what is
happening to you. No matter how many people may be at
your bedside while you are dying, they cannot go with
you. Yet there is Someone who accompanies the believer
through every stage of dying and He is the only One who
can — the Lord Jesus Christ!
    The believer in dying grace can help the living go on
living. He can assist his loved ones to adjust to his
departure. His stability and relaxed mental attitude help
others to relax and put death in its proper prospective. His
Spiritual maturity enables him to comfort those who must
remain behind in the angelic conflict while he advances to
a state of complete eternal happiness — a place of “no
more sorrow, no more tears, no more death.” (Rev 21:4)
God’s timing for your death is perfect, and part of dying
grace is to die at the right time.
   You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the
stacking of grain in its season. (Job 5:26)
    There is a right time and a wrong time to pick corn;
only the expert can tell whether a shock of corn is green
or ripe. Likewise, in the Divine blueprint of your life, God
is the Expert. God chooses the point in which to harvest
you from this life so that as a Spiritually mature believer
with Truth resident in your soul, your death will be the
greatest blessing on earth. When you depart, we might
grieve, but we also will rejoice in the victory of your
crossing from dying grace in time to the blessings of
eternity.
  In conclusion, Job 5 stresses the importance of knowing
the Word of God, the necessity of saturating your soul
with Truth.
   Behold this; [Think this] we have investigated it, and
so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself. (Job 5:27)
DEATH IS GOD’S DECISION
   The dying and death of every believer is a grace
decision of the sovereignty of God based on God’s
wisdom and His integrity. Therefore, we have no right to
question the death of anyone. God IS absolute
righteousness and cannot possibly make a mistake. God
IS perfect justice and cannot be unfair. Omnipresent and
omniscient God is a firsthand Witness, Who knows all the
facts to determine the right time and the right way to
remove each one of us. (Psa 31:15)
    In (Eccles 3:1-2) Solomon says, “There is a right time
for everything. There is a time to be born and there is a
time to die.” (Corrected translation) God’s timing is
perfect, and death is always God’s victory. He decides the
time, the manner, and the place of our death and He gives
us the victory. “For not only if we live, we live for the
Lord, but also if we die, we die for the Lord.” (Rom 14:8)
We belong to the Lord whether we live or whether we die.
Furthermore, the Lord does not take every believer home
in the same way. Solomon also tells us that each day we
live is one more step toward our particular kind of death.
    ...For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go
about in the street. Remember Him before the silver cord
is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by
the well is shattered and the wheel of the cistern is
crushed. (Eccles 12:5-6)
    In the Church Age we are born again into royalty and
not with a silver spoon in our mouths, but with our lives
suspended from a ‘silver thread.’ Even for privileged
aristocracy, God controls the length of our days.
Solomon’s poetic description of death reminds us that just
as the meter of poetry is perfect, so God has within
appointed each of us a death that fits perfectly. The
“golden bowl” in this verse is a container of oil with a
wick that draws oil to the top where a flame gives light,
depicting life. The oil represents assignments and
allotments within your life; the combination of oil, wick
and flame represents the energy of life. This ancient type
of lamp is a picture of your life span; the consumption of
its oil is analogous to your death. Your lamp may develop
a slow leak or the bowl may be smashed, but either way,
the flame eventually goes out. To understand the last of
Solomon’s illustrations, we must realize that the ancient
world there were two problems that could prevent you
from getting water from the well: the clay pitcher
smashing against the side of the well, or a mechanical
failure in the well’s wheel and pulley system. The wheels
represent the actual muscle of the heart, while the line and
the pitcher portray the circulation of the blood. These two
illustrations describe two general categories of
cardiovascular death: The shattering of the pitcher
connotes the interruption of a great vessel which destroys
blood volume and circulation; the mechanical failure of
the wheel means a collapse in the heart itself. In other
words, the smashed pitcher is analogues to death by
hemorrhage, while the broken wheel on the well
illustrates death by cardiac arrest.
  Then the dust [The body] will return to the earth as it
was, and the spirit [Soul and spirit] will return to God
who gave it. (Eccles 12:7)
    When a person dies, the real person, the soul, no
longer occupies the body; it is simply vacant house. The
uninhabited body decomposes into chemicals and returns
to the soil or to the gases in the air. (Gen 3:19) So, what
happens to a corpse is inconsequential. To have a
memorial service to remember a loved one is wonderful,
but it makes no difference whether the body is cremated
or left on a battlefield or thrown in a ditch. What we need
to remember is that after the death of the believer, his soul
and spirit return to the Lord Jesus Christ. (1Th 5:23)
Although God has always known when each one of us is
going to die, none of us knows when mortality will give
way to immortality. Life hangs by a slender thread that
can be snapped any moment. Our physical condition is
not an issue; God can take us just as easily in good health
as in poor. Neither is age a criterion for the right time to
die. Since God’s judgment is perfect, it is blasphemous to
suggest that the believer’s death was a tragedy because he
died young. It is also true that God sometimes takes the
mature Christian at the peak of his Spiritual life. While its
natural for those left behind to mourn, they should not
grieve to the exclusion of Divine Viewpoint “as do the
rest that have no hope,” (1Th 4:13) for there are certain
common denominators that characterize all mature
believers after death, regardless of how they die.
1. Face to face with the Lord. (2Co 5:8)
2. No more sorrow, pain, tears, death, regrets, or
embarrassment. (Rev 21:4)
3. An eternal inheritance. (1Pe 1:4-5)
4. A new home. (John 14:1-6)
5. The perpetuation of eternal life. (John 10:28; 1Jn 5:11-
12)
6. An interim and resurrection body. (Job 19:25-26; John
11:25; 1Co 15:55-57; Php 3:21; 1Jn 3:1-2)
7. Removal of the sin nature (1Co 1:8; 1Co 15:55-57; Php
3:20-21; 1Th 5:23)
8. Removal of human old sin nature good and evil. (2Co
5:10)
    Neither your death nor the death of a loved one should
ever be a source of worry or despair; death should never
be an issue. Your only concern should be preparation for
death, and the preparation for death is the same as for life:
Truth resident in your soul. Truth gives you a relaxed
mental attitude toward all potential death situations. When
you understand dying grace, your Thinking about death is
strictly a matter of applying your knowledge of God’s
perfect character.
   The believer can check his own Spiritual progress by
his attitude toward death, and his attitude has an impact
on his capacity for life. One of the keys to a tranquil life is
not being afraid of death. Fear of death causes instability:
“Cowards die many times before their death; the valiant
never taste death but once.” The Spiritually mature
believer lives in the light of eternity, one day at a time,
fully adjusted to God’s Person and plan, prepared and
eager for whatever life has to offer! (Psa 118:23-24)
   What you do in dying demonstrates the dynamics of
your life. If you have spent your lifetime accumulating
Truth and advancing to Spiritual maturity, you will have a
glorious death. However if you neglect and ignore Truth,
God in His Justice permits your self-induced miserable
life to reflect itself in a horrible death. Thus, since God
has seen fit to make dying the reflection of living, your
attitude toward death tests the quality of your attitude
toward life.
EVERY BELIEVER HAS A CHOICE
   How well you die or how miserably you die simply
depends on one factor: whether you were positive or
negative toward the Word of Truth. Just as you had a
choice whether or not to believe in Jesus Christ for your
eternal Salvation, so the justice of God has set up another
issue in the angelic conflict for your free will. At
Salvation, the object of your non-meritorious faith was
Jesus Christ, the Living Word; after Salvation the object
of your faith must become Jesus Christ the Written Word.
    You have a choice between two antithetical roads in
your Spiritual life. Your attitude toward God's Word
EVERY DAY of your life determines cursing or blessing
in life and agony or contentment in dying. If you adjust to
the justice of God by utilizing the grace provision of His
Word, then you will travel up the road to dying grace. But
if you fail to adjust to the justice of God by ignoring or
rejecting His Word, then you will stumble down the road
of cursing, discipline, and self- induced misery resulting
in sin unto death. You and you only choose this painful
alternative to the glories of dying grace. You are the one
who says “no” to the walk across the high golden bridge
of dying grace and “yes” to a pitiful, miserable crawl to
heaven.
DEATH OF THE REVERSIONISTIC BELIEVER
   As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, if you are
negative toward the Word of God, whether just apathetic
or overtly antagonistic, you are in the same reversionism.
Analogous to apostasy, reversionism is the regression of
the believer from any stage of Spiritual growth to the
thinking of the unbeliever. (2Pe 2:20-21) In reversionism,
characterized by perpetual carnality and a continual
neglect or rejection of the Word of Truth, you create for
yourself a life of misery. (Hos 8:7) The self-induced
misery is then compounded by Divine discipline. You
further intensify your discipline with more self-induced
misery through the mental attitude sins of bitterness,
pettiness, vindictiveness, implacability, jealousy, self-pity
and arrogance. Until you change your mind about the
Mind of Christ (1Co 2:16) and begin to recover your
Spiritual growth, you will remain under Divine discipline
the rest of your life.
    No believer can violate God’s righteous standards or
reject His magnificent provision of Truth with impunity.
God loves His integrity and His righteous Standards
demand that His justice administer punishment.
Furthermore, every believer is the object of God’s
Personal love. “Those who I love, I reprove and
discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Change
your thinking and rebound) (Rev 3:19) Divine discipline
is the sum total of punitive action taken by the justice of
God to correct, punish, encourage, train, and motivate the
believer. Divine discipline is designed to warn the
believer to rebound and to get back into fellowship with
God.
    Divine discipline is characterized by three stages.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man will
open I will come in and have fellowship with him” (Rev
3:20; corrected translation) is addressed to the
reversionistic believer. Knocking is warning discipline,
the first stage. Having “fellowship with him” does not
refer to Salvation, but to the status quo of the Spiritual life
of the believer. If the reversionistic believer does not
respond to warning discipline, he then comes under
intensive discipline, the second stage. “Whom the lord
loves, he chasten and skins alive with a whip every son he
receives.” (Heb 12:6) Intensive discipline is designed to
get the reversionists’ attention so that he might avoid
what is called in, (1Jn 5:16) “the sin face to face with
death” (Corrected translation of, pros thanatos) — the
final stage of punishment from God.
THE SIN UNTO DEATH
    There is a sin unto death. (1Jn 5:16)
   The “sin unto death” or literally “the sin face to face
with death” (Psa 118:17-18) is not caused by a particular
sin, but by the believers rejection of the Word of Truth.
  And the Lord said, Because they have forsaken My Law
[Divine Thoughts] which I set before them, and have not
obeyed my voice nor walked according to it, [Them] but
have walked after the stubbornness of their [Own
thoughts] heart...” (Jer 9:13-14)
 God can administer the sin unto death as either a strictly
personal disaster or as a part of a national catastrophe. But
in either case, the sin unto death is a demotion and a
disgrace for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
   So Saul died for his trespass which he committed
against the LORD, because of the Word of the LORD
which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel
of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of
the LORD. [Sixteen years of negative volition] Therefore
He killed him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of
Jesse. (1Ch 10:13-14)
There is no pain or discipline in the presence of God.
(Rev 21:4) The sin unto death is God’s final opportunity
to express maximum corrective discipline to the
reversionistic believer. He goes through the dying process
without the advantages of dying grace because he never
recovered fellowship with God through rebound and did
not change his attitude toward Truth. Without the inner
dynamics of Truth in his soul, the reversionist has no
capacity for the blessing of dying grace. He fears death.
He goes through the dying phase in the worst possible
irrationality and pain. His death is miserable, horrible, and
monstrous in every possible way: a nightmare of physical
pain and soul torture. His body hurts; his soul agonizes as
he realizes how he has failed.
    However, the reversionist is removed from this life
with his Salvation intact. He still has thirty-nine
irrevocable absolutes, which include being in union with
the Person of Jesus Christ and possessing eternal life and
imputed righteousness. The moment a reversionistic
believer dies he is “absent from the body and at home
face to face with the Lord.” (2Co 5:8) He is “in a place of
no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain, no more
death; the old things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4) At
the Second Advent, he receives a resurrection body and
ALL believers will be judged. (2Co 5:10) And Believers
will receive thirty, sixty or one hundred percent of their
inheritance, (Matt 13:8-9) or few lashes many lashes or
the Abyss. (Luk 12:42-49) The losers will not receive
their eternal blessings and rewards for phase three. Their
eternal blessings will remain on deposit forever as a
memorial to lost EQUAL opportunity to advance in God’s
plan. (Heb 10:35-36)
THE SUICIDE OF THE BELIEVER
   Sometimes the reversionistic believer is so
disillusioned in his self-induced misery and discipline that
he thinks committing suicide is a solution to his problems.
This of course is total arrogance and a further
manifestation of his rejection of Truth. While suicide may
appear to be circumventing the sovereignty of God in
deciding the time, manner, and place of death, every
believer’s death was known to God from eternity past.
Until God decides it’s time for the believer to come home,
nothing can remove him from this life. This is why
suicide attempts are often unsuccessful; those that
succeed do so under the permissive will of God.
    Some say that when a believer commits suicide, he
cannot go to heaven. That is absolutely heresy! Anyone
who has believed in Jesus Christ, no matter how he dies,
is going to heaven until the Judgment Seat. (Matt 8:10-13)
    For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God
which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39)
DEATH OF THE MATURE BELIEVER
   Just as the mature believer functioned in his life under
God’s grace provision, so he goes through his dying phase
under dying grace. Not only does he have the inner
dynamics from the Word of God, the Spiritual Thinking
of Christ in his soul, (1Co 2:16) he knows the Lord is
with him. (Psa 23:4) He will take the Truth he has learned
in phase two with him to phase three. (2Jn 1:2) The same
Truth that brought him happiness, tranquility, and
contentment in time is intensified in dying. The point of
dying is his moment; even the elect angels in heaven
rejoice over the manner of his departure. (Dan 12:2-4;
Dan 12:10; Dan 12:13) The mature believer’s dying
testimony is the greatest of all testimonies; to glorify God
in dying is the ultimate glorification of the Lord.
BIBLICAL HEROES AND DYING GRACE
   Though they died in various ways, all of Old
Testament heroes mentioned in Hebrews 11 died under
dying grace. (Heb 11:13-16) As long as you are alive
there is hope! No believer has ever reached the point of
maximum failure without daily opportunities to change
his mind about Truth, to listen and read Bible teaching,
and to advance to Spiritual maturity. Appropriating dying
grace and receiving eternal blessings and rewards are
dependent upon your Spiritual advance.
   Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses
[Old Testament heroes] surrounding us, let us lay aside
every encumbrance, [Distractions to learning Truth] and
the sin [Sin nature] which easily entangles us, and let us
run with endurance [Persistent function of Operation Z]
the race [Agon; agony of overcoming the lust of the eyes,
lust of the flesh and pride of life] that is set before us.
(Heb 12:1)
    Abraham is an example of an Old Testament believer
who experienced dying grace. Abraham reached the
ultimate in Spiritual maturity by means of God's Thinking
resident in his soul (Heb 11:2) so that he crossed that high
golden bridge of dying grace to embrace his eternal
blessings. The mechanics of his death are the classic
illustration of dying grace.
   And Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old
age, an old man and satisfied with life; [A great man of
Spiritual maturity] and he was gathered to his people.
(Gen 25:8)
Abraham inhaled, exhaled, and died. His soul and spirit
rode out on his last exhale, and he died with no pain, no
bitterness, no regrets-utterly “satisfied with life.”
   For the mature believer, there is no tragic death, no
matter how seemingly or how violent the circumstances.
Even for a murder victim, dying grace still applies. For
example, Abel was murdered by his brother Cain, yet he
had a wonderful life occupied with the Lord up to the last
moment. In fact, his death emphasized the power Truth
had in his life.
   By faith [Truth in the soul] Abel offered to God a
better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the
testimony [Received approval] that he was righteous, God
Testifying about his gifts, and through faith, [This same
Truth resident in the soul] though he is dead, he still
speaks. [Abel died physically because of the sins of ONE
man.] (Heb 11:4) cf. (Heb 12:24) Christ died Spiritually
because of the sins of ALL men!
    Many of the Old Testament and Tribulational heroes
have and will encourage us by dying because of their
testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God. (Rev
20:4)
   They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were
tempted, (Tested by pressures) they were put to death with
the sword... (Heb 11:37 )
Even though Isaiah was probably cut in two and
Zechariah was stoned to death, (2Ch 24:20; Matt 23:34-
35) these men had more blessing and happiness in
transferring from time to eternity then some have in a
lifetime. Why? Because God decreed the manner of their
deaths and His perfect justice guaranteed the provision
and blessings for their deaths. Their confidence in the
Source of dying blessing and knowledge of His provision
through Truth replaced all the fear of death so that they
were Occupied with Christ and had maximum capacity
for life and dying grace.
THE APOSTLE PAUL
   Excluding the Lord Jesus Christ, who is perfect and
unique, the Apostle Paul is one of the greatest believers
that ever lived. His phenomenal breadth of Spiritual
Thinking, and his understanding of the deeper Concepts
of Truth are revealed in the Pauline Epistles. Second
Timothy is of great significance to our subject of dying
grace, because this Epistle contains the Divinely inspired,
dying Words of one of the most Spiritually brilliant minds
and one of the most Spiritually mature believers of all
time.
    Paul wrote 2 Timothy during his second imprisonment.
According to, (2Ti 2:9) Paul was condemned before his
trial and it was a foregone conclusion that he would not
be released. As Paul sat down to write, he knew he would
soon be executed. Even though Paul had suffered poor
health most of his life, he was now enjoying fairly good
health as he approached the moment of his death. His
departure would be swift and violent; according to
tradition, with one stroke of the lictor’s axe he would be
decapitated on the Ostian Way.
   But Paul’s mental attitude leading up to his execution
reflected dying grace. In fact two years before his death
he explained this perspective of death to the Philippians.
   According to my earnest expectation [Intense
concentration on Truth] and hope, [Confident
expectation] that I shall not be put shame in anything, but
with all boldness, [And openness] Christ shall even now,
as always be exalted in my body, whether by life
[Continued Spiritual advance] or by death. [Dying grace]
For to me, to live IS Christ, and to die is gain.
[Promotion] (Php 1:20-21)
Though Paul had colossal failures in life, he recovered,
persisted with Truth, and seized and held the high ground
of Spiritual maturity. His dying moments were free from
regrets. (2Ti 4:7) He was not only prepared for death, but
he was looking forward to his dying moment, knowing
that it would be the happiest experience of his life. He
would pass from life to death to eternity to be face to face
with the Lord.
   For I am already being poured out as a drink offering,
and the time of my departure has come. (2Ti 4:6)
    A “drink offering” refers to the custom in the ancient
world of pouring fine wine out of a cup as an offering to
the heathen gods. In this analogy, the soul of Paul would
be poured out just as easily as wine is “poured out” of a
cup. The Greek word used for “departure,” (Analusis) has
five different meanings, all which relate to the Principle
of dying.
    The military usage of analusis means “to strike a tent
and break camp.” In the analogy, Paul's tent his human
body, and in death his soul would leave the bivouac of life
and move into his eternal mansion in heaven. The naval
usage means “to hoist anchor as a ship sets sail.” Paul
knew that he would soon hoist anchor and leave the port
of life to sail to the port of heaven. The agricultural
meaning refers to a farmer unyoking his oxen after
working them hard all day and providing shelter feed and
perhaps even a rubdown to reward his animals and make
them comfortable. Likewise, Paul is being unyoked; the
labors of his life are complete and the great Apostle is
about to enter into the blessings and rewards of eternity.
Another usage of analusis refers to a prisoner being
released from jail. Paul is released by death from the
confines of time and life on this earth to enter into the
freedom and glories of eternity. The final meaning of
analusis is used in the sense of unraveling a mystery or
solving a philosophical problem. Death unravels the
mystery of eternity and dying grace resolves all the
problems of life.
   Paul’s awareness of approaching death did not hinder
his enjoyment of life. Even though condemned, he was
not brooding or pouting, vindictive or bitter. To the
contrary, he was completely relaxed. Paul’s capacities for
love, happiness, for blessing and for life continued
undiminished in the sphere of dying. This is an important
Principle of Truth: The knowledge of imminent death
does not hinder the Spiritually mature believer’s capacity
for life.
   When you come bring the cloak which I left and Troas
with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
[Old Testament Scriptures] (2Ti 4:13)
    With unwavering capacity for life, Paul lived in the
best comfort despite the squalor of the Mamertine
dungeon. The heavy coat Timothy brought to warm his
body was a provision for his comfort and dying grace.
Paul was also visited often by friends and loved ones, and
was surrounded by his favorite books. He read and
studied the Bible parchments until the day of his
execution. For the Spiritually mature believer, life and all
its blessings march on during the process of dying. Paul
did not change his routine! He did not entertain self-pity!
Whatever Paul had been doing in life, he continued to do
until his dying moment, a beautiful illustration of dying
grace.
   God’s grace plan for you is to advance step by step up
the glory road from Salvation to eternity by way of
blessing after blessing. In Psalm 23, David described His
grace plan.
   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes
me lie down in green pastures; [Truth] He leads me
beside quiet waters. [Filling of God the Holy Spirit] He
restores my soul; [From sin nature thinking] He guides
me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psa
23:1-3)
To even enter upon the glory road and the life of blessing,
you must first believe in Christ as your Savior. The Lord
is the Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep. “I shall
not want” refers to God’s logistical grace blessing —
everything necessary to keep you alive physically, (Psa
68:19-20) and to grow Spiritually, (Matt 6:11; Matt 6:25-
34) and protection in the devil’s world. (Heb 1:14) “He
makes me lie down in green pastures” refers to God’s
provision for your perception of Truth: a right pastor-
teacher to diligently study and faithfully communicate the
infallible Word of God, a local church as a classroom, the
canon of Scripture, the privacy of your royal priesthood,
the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the function of your
human spirit. “He leads me beside quiet waters” is the
refreshment, the happiness and tranquility of soul that
comes as a result of applying Truth in your soul to the
circumstances of your life. When you sin and fail, God’s
provisions of rebound is the means of regaining
fellowship with Him; “He restores my soul.”
    When you take advantage of these provisions, you will
eventually crack the maturity barrier where you glorify
and please God. He is then free to bless you in five
different spheres: Spiritual blessings which include
Occupation with Christ, sharing God’s perfect happiness,
and capacity for life, love, and blessing; temporal
blessings which can include promotion, wealth and social
prosperity, leadership dynamics; blessing by association
to those in your periphery — family, business, church,
community, nation; historical blessings to both your
generation and your future generations because of your
Spiritual impact; and dying blessings.
    In the phrase “paths of righteousness,” the word for
paths is the plural Hebrew word, (Ma’gal) meaning “a rut
in which wheels revolve, “and should be translated
“wagon tracks.” In the ancient world, wagons would
follow the course of least resistance and as they traveled
across the terrain their wheels would create ruts. As time
went on, others would see those ruts and put their wagons
in the same ruts, so eventually wagon tracks developed
from place to place.
   For believers in the Church Age, the “wagon tracks of
righteousness” belong to the humanity of Christ. He went
ahead of us and set down the original tracks. Our Lord
Jesus Christ tested and proved the Spiritual life which He
has given to us — the same Spiritual life which through
the power of God the Holy Spirit and maximum Truth in
His soul gave him the inner dynamics to remain
impeccable, go to the cross, and bear the imputation and
judgment for our sins. When you get into his righteous
tracks and advance as He did, you not only gain
momentum, but you gain capacity for blessing.
   Following Christ’s lead in the wagon tracks of
righteousness — advancing Spiritually — produces in
you Spiritual capacity righteousness. This is a special
capacity given to mature believers to enjoy their blessings
both in time and in eternity and is tantamount to
Occupation with Christ. Through the attainment of
Spiritual capacity righteousness, capacity for living
becomes capacity for dying. (Php 1:21) While capacity
for living is related to your inculcation and application of
Truth to experience, capacity for dying is actually LIFE as
you have never lived it before. With Spiritual capacity
righteousness, there is no fear in dying, only profit as you
journey through your very own death-shadowed valley.
Dying grace becomes a wonderful process of promoting
the Spiritually mature believer to the infinite glories of
heaven.
THE DEATH-SHADOWED VALLEY
   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod
[Discipline] and Your staff, [Blessing] they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; [Spiritual prosperity] You have anointed my
head with oil; [Spiritual maturity] My cup overflows.
[Capacity for material prosperity] Surely goodness and
lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I
will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psa 23:4-6)
   You own one of the most marvelous pieces of real
estate this life has to offer, your very own death-
shadowed valley provided by the Lord Jesus Christ in
eternity past. The Hebrew noun (Tsal’mavet) is usually
translated “shadow of death”, but is one word
compounded from two nouns. The first noun, (Tsal) is the
word for shadow; (Mavet) the second noun is the word for
death. Best translated “death-shadowed,” tsal’mavet
refers to your very own “death-shadowed valley.”
    A shadow is defined as a “dark figure or image cast on
the surface by a body intercepting light.” In the analogy,
the dark of the shadow refers to your dying phase. In your
death-shadowed valley you have the opportunity to
intercept the light, the Truth in your soul. You will not
fear the manner of your death because “You are with me.”
The Lord Jesus Christ accompanies you through your
death-shadowed valley. The Shepherd, the Lord Jesus
Christ, who guided you by His precedence in the wagon
tracks of the Spiritual life, also guides you through your
very own death-shadowed valley. The comfort and
encouragement you derived from God's Thinking in your
living phase will also comfort and encourage you in your
dying phase. With the inner dynamics of the Spiritual life,
you have nothing to fear in your journey through your
death-shadowed valley.
    Just as God provided everything for your Spiritual
growth in life, so He provides everything for your dying
phase. This is part of the Lord’s victory that takes the
sting out of death. (1Co 15:55-57) Since this is God’s last
opportunity to bless you on earth, He will make the dying
grace blessing superior to all the prosperity, promotion,
wealth, and success that you enjoyed in life. God intends
for the last blessing in time to bring you the summum
bonum of life. Your “cup overflows.” As a Spiritually
mature believer, you have learned enough Truth to know
your death is in the hands of the Lord. Whether you die
instantly in a head-on collision or after a prolonged,
painful illness, you are perfectly relaxed because you
know that you “will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.”
THE BRIDGE BETWEEN TIME AND ETERNITY
   Dying grace can also be viewed from another
perspective: the link between blessings in time and
blessings in eternity. God has seen fit to provide a special
bridge for the Spiritually mature believer as he crosses
over the chasm from life on earth to life in heaven — the
high golden bridge of dying grace. Stonewall Jackson
beautifully expressed this crossing in his dying words:
“Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of
the trees.”
   The author of Hebrews tells us that a Spiritually
mature believer of the Old Testament, such as Abraham,
could look from his vantage point on the high ground of
Spiritual maturity into eternity and see his eternal
blessings and rewards in a magnificent city. (Heb 11:9-
10; Rev 21:2; Rev 21:10) The Reality of these eternal
rewards, stated in many passages of Scripture, (2Co 5:10;
Jam 1:12; 1Pe 5:4) can be expressed by the term
“surpassing grace,” derived from literal translation of,
(Eph 2:7).
  In order that in the ages to come [Eternity] He might
show the surpassing riches of His grace in his kindness
toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:7)
   Surpassing-grace blessings, which are awarded to the
Spiritually mature believer in eternity, are above and
beyond the common denominators provided for every
believer after death.
   You enter dying grace saluting or acknowledging your
surpassing-grace blessings from the near end of the bridge
and complete the journey by embracing them at the other
end. Your advance across the high golden bridge from
time to eternity may take a long time or a short time, but
during the transfer, God will give you through Truth
resident in your soul and accompanying Spiritual capacity
righteousness, the perspective of the blessings and
rewards you are about to receive in eternity.
    All these died [Old Testament believers who died
under dying grace] in faith, [According to Truth resident
in the soul] without receiving the Promises, [Surpassing-
grace blessings of eternity] but having seen them and
having welcomed them from a distance. [From the high
ground of Spiritual maturity in time](Heb 11:13 )
TRANSFER APART FROM DEATH
       A Unique Transfer
   For a very few believers, God assigns a unique transfer
to heaven which does not involve death. Enoch, who lived
before the flood, is an illustration of one category of
transfer apart from death.
   By faith [Truth in the soul] Enoch was taken up so that
he should not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND
BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the
witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to
God. (Heb 11:5 )
Dying blessing can be compared to a draw-bridge.
Ordinarily the draw-bridge is controlled and lowered from
the time side of the chasm, because it is a blessing related
to time. The believer dies physically; his soul and spirit
go to heaven while his body remains on earth. In the case
of Enoch, however, the draw-bridge was controlled from
the eternity side. He did not experience death. His body,
soul and spirit — still intact — went to paradise. (Gen
5:24) Why was God free to bless Enoch with such a
unique and wonderful transfer? Enoch’s blessing was
related to his surpassing-grace rewards.
    We must remember that God is free to give direct
blessings to any believer who has adjusted to His justice
to the maximum, the status of maturity that “pleases”
God. Enoch fulfilled this Principle.
   For he obtained the witness that before his being taken
up he was pleasing to God. (Heb 11:5 )
    How could Enoch please a perfect God who
possesses absolute righteousness and justice.
   And without faith [Divine Thinking resident in the
soul] it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to
God must believe [By resident Truth] that He is a
rewarder [The source of blessing] of those who seek Him.
[Through the daily intake of Truth] (Heb 11:6)
THE SPIRITUALLY MATURE
Like Enoch, the second transfer to heaven does not
involve the believer’s physical death. At some point in the
future, before the Great Tribulation, Spiritually mature
believers of the royal family will be transferred to heaven,
some possibly without even dying physically, and then go
to the Wedding Feast. (Rev 19:7-9) No man knows the
day or hour of this event, only the season. (Rev 3:10)
   Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its
branch has already become tender and puts forth its
leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when
you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at
the door. (Matt 24:32-33)
THE INTERIM BODY
  In, (2Co 5:8) the aorist active infinitive, (Endemeo)
meaning “to be at home,” followed by the preposition
(Pros) and the accusative of harmonious relationship,
direct object (Kurios) means “to be present face to face
with the Lord” and implies that after death our souls and
spirits are housed in an interim body in heaven while we
await resurrection. (Job 19:25-26; John 11:25; Rev 20:5-
6) The Bible never speaks of disembodied souls. “Face to
face” also means we will be recognizable in our interim
bodies. For the believer in an interim body, death means
no more sin nature, no more “mourning, or crying, or
pain.” (Rev 21:4) There is no distinction made between
the interim bodies of those believers who advanced to
Spiritual maturity and those who did not. In an interim
body, we have great happiness. We have a new home,
(John 14:1-6) and a realization of eternal life. (John
10:28) This knowledge that loved ones are in a perfect
state of happiness in an interim body is a source of great
comfort to those we leave behind.
TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND
   The believer in dying grace knows that he is leaving
the best possible heritage to his children and loved ones:
blessings by association. Because of his adjustment to the
justice of God, his family and close associates will have
blessing and security throughout their lifetimes. The
believer with Truth in his soul dies with the assurance that
the justice of God will continue for those he has left
behind. But how does Divine provision handle the sorrow
and loss of those left behind? Likewise, it is knowledge of
the justice of God that is the basis for stability and
blessing in the absence of a loved one. Any time God
removes a person from this life, the decision is based on
his perfect wisdom and integrity. Since God is the source
of every friend or loved one we have, (Jam 1:17) we have
no right to be bitter or to question God. Our response
should be that of Job, who lost all his children at once.
   ...The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)
    God says in effect, “You go on living without this dear
one, but remember you are not without Me and that you
will see your believing loved one again. To develop
capacity for life you must lean on Me, not on people. So I
am keeping you behind to get better acquainted with Me
in time.” We know that the death of loved ones who have
believed in Christ is only a temporary separation; it is not
the end at all, for we will see them forever in eternity.
   I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
(John 14:2-3)
So with a lump in your throat you may say, “Farewell,”
but you know that you will be reunited with your loved
ones at either your own death or resurrection on the last
day. (John 6:39-40; John 6:54; John 11:24; John 12:48)
Until that rendezvous, you can rejoice in the knowledge
that your loved ones are in a state of perfect happiness
with the Lord. Our knowledge of the integrity of God also
enables us to be objective about the unbeliever. We know
that God will not tamper with the free will of any member
of the human race. We also know that He wants
EVERYONE to have eternal life and then grow to
Spiritual maturity!
   Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the Truth. (1Ti 2:4)
   Every member of the human race has every possible
opportunity to hear Gospel information, and to choose for
God’s plan of Salvation and blessing through faith in
Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the omniscience of God knew
that certain persons would never accept Jesus Christ as
Savior even if they were given additional time. Since the
justice of God is absolutely fair and cannot be
compromised, He must condemn the unbeliever to the
eternal torment of separation from God which begins
immediately after death. Even though there is no hope
beyond the grave for the unbeliever, it is blasphemous to
be bitter toward God regarding the death and eternal
judgment of any person who freely chose to reject the
saving work of the Son of God. Many consider it a
tragedy when babies or young children die; yet it is far
better that they should die and automatically go to heaven
before reaching the age of accountability, (2Sa 12:23)
than to die later in life possibly as an unbeliever and go to
the Lake of Fire. It is also sinful to be bitter toward God
for removing someone at an early age. As we learned
from, (Job 5:26) God is like the farmer who knows
exactly when the ear of corn is ripe and should be picked.
Some ears ripen sooner than others; so it is with believers.
In the angelic conflict, the purpose of each believer’s life
is fulfilled at a different age. Even if death occurs at a
relatively early age by human standards, that does not
reduce the possibility of happiness, blessing, dying grace,
or rewards to that person. We know that in the case of
young children and all who die in Christ, we shall see
them again. Reassuring though it may be, knowledge of
this future Reality does not eliminate the grief of the
moment, or the pain of missing the company of a loved
one. God has allotted us a certain amount of time to
mourn for those we love who have departed from this
world.
   A time to weep… And a time to mourn. (Eccles 3:4)
   Greif is bona fide. Mourning is not wrong; it is a
tender and even powerful part of life. The weeping of
grief expresses great capacity for love. With Truth in your
soul, you are able to stand at the graveside and take
advantage of your time to mourn, to remember the
missing friend or loved one and to honor him with auld
lang syne. With Truth in your soul, you have no regrets.
Neither does your mourning overpower you, but instead
turns to the pleasant fragrance of memories.
   However, there is also sinful weeping from bitter
frustration, self-pity, and remorse. All regrets must be
buried in God’s provision of grace: Rebound, forget it,
and move on! There is no place for bitterness, doubting,
hysteria, or abnormal grief as expressed by others “who
have no hope.” (1Th 4:13) You must not allow grief over
the death of anyone to destroy your life. God still has a
purpose for your life, and He will provide for you to go
on living even as He provides for dying. Women,
especially, must be taught to adjust to the death of a loved
one. (Jer 9:20) Since a woman is a responder in her soul,
the removal of someone to whom she responds is a
difficult situation for her. Friends and relatives might
afford her immediate comfort, but as time goes on, these
people move back into their places in life and she is alone,
totally dependent on the Truth in her soul. If she lacks
Truth, she is incapable of coping with loneliness and
sorrow. But if she possesses the inner dynamics of Truth
and Spiritual capacity righteousness, she emerges as a
magnificent and noble woman, a person who has had one
of life’s major heartaches and dealt with it beautifully.
THE CHALLENGE TO THE BELIEVER
    Whether you are confronted by your own death or the
death of a loved one, maximum Truth in your soul is the
only effective response. Through your daily persistence in
learning Bible Truth, you mold your response to the tests
of living and dying in a manner that glorifies the Lord.
With the Written Word giving you the assurance and
blessing of the Living Word, you have Spiritual capacity
righteousness, the perfect combination of stability,
capacity, and happiness for both living and dying.
   Paul understood this Principle when He wrote
Philippians 3. He was challenged to keep advancing as he
had not yet reached the objective in the Spiritual life,
Maximum Glorification of God.
    Not that I have already obtained it, [Removed from
this useless body] or have already become perfect,
[Completed the Spiritual life] but I press on [Persistent
positive volition toward Truth] in order that I may lay
hold of that [Full Spiritual maturity] for which also I was
laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (Php 3:12)
At this point, Paul fully understands what he has achieved
and where he is going in his Spiritual life. His accurate
self-evaluation motivates him to keep advancing. Yet as
Paul points out, all believers fail from time to time.
   Brethren, [Members of the royal family of God] I do
not regard myself as having laid hold of it [Attained full
Spiritual maturity; MGG) yet; but ONE thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind [Past victories, sins and or
failures] and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
[Spiritual maturity and Maximum Glorification of God] I
press on [Keep advancing] toward the goal [MGG] for
the prize [Surpassing-grace blessing] of the upward call
of God in Christ Jesus. (Php 3:13-14)
   Paul stresses the importance of getting back on our
Spiritual feet as quickly as possible and continuing the
advance toward the objective. We must not become
subjective about our victories, sins and or failures. We
must ignore them, keep pressing, and continue to make
Truth our number one priority in life. Our positive attitude
toward Truth is a guarantee of blessing to our loved ones,
associates and nation as well. (Matt 5:13)
   This Principle is especially pertinent in times of
historical or national disaster, when suffering and death
are very real and daily occurrences. How have believers
faced national disasters in the past? How have they
handled the threat of death over against a compromise of
Truth? Did they fall apart? Did they give in? Note
Daniel’s friends’ response, in the face of death to King
Nebuchadnezzar.
    “If it so be so, our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will
deliver us out of your hand, O King. But even if He does
not, let it be known to you, O King, that we are not going
to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you
have set up.” (Dan 3:17-18)
 Rather than compromise Truth, they chose to rest in the
infinite wisdom and omnipotence of God concerning the
time and manner of their deaths. Job expressed this same
mental attitude when he wrote:
   “Though He [God] slay me, I will hope [Have
confidence] in Him...” (Job 13:15)
This confident, relaxed mental attitude in the face of
Satan’s most powerful scare tactic — death — has always
been and will always be achieved by believers in the same
way.
    Remember as you begin your journey through your
very own death-shadowed valley, that your loved ones
cannot go with you. Only the Lord Jesus Christ, the
Living Word, accompanies you. Even though you may be
attended by the best medical care, only Truth, the Written
Word, resident in your soul can sustain you during your
dying moments. Socrates, an unbeliever, said, “You are
never truly successful until you dye well.” The Divine
Viewpoint variation is: If you live well by advancing to
Spiritual maturity, you will die, even better, for dying
grace transcends anything in life.
   By now, your outlook on death should be quite
different from the human viewpoint expressed around
you. With Truth in your soul, you are not afraid of death.
You anticipate dying as you would your favorite desert,
knowing that the blessings of dying grace will be superior
to the best of life.
    Here is the question you must answer to the Lord: If
you were told that you had only four hours to live, what
would you do; what would you Think during your last
hours on earth? Would you be Occupied with Christ and
His Word or obsessed with your failures? Would you be
filled with regrets or possessed with contentment? Would
you be kicking yourself or be relaxed?
    In dying grace you will be able to look back on your
life without regrets or bitterness, and with deep
satisfaction. You can say with Apostle Paul:
    I have fought the good fight, [Overcame the lust of the
eyes; the lust of the flesh and the pride of life] I have
finished the course, [Maintained Spiritual maturity until
death] I have kept the faith. [Guarded the Truth resident
in my soul] (2Ti 4:7)
   As did Paul, you can also look forward to eternal,
glorious life with the Lord — a life filled with
indescribable blessings and rewards.
    In the future [Eternity] there is laid up for me a crown
of righteousness, [Eternal rewards] which the Lord, the
righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; [At the
Judgment Seat of Christ] and not only to me, but also to
all who loved His appearing. [Personal love for God]
(2Ti 4:8)
Like the victory wreaths awarded for outstanding
achievements in the ancient Roman world, rewards in the
Spiritual realm are God’s eternal response to those
believers who have fully adjusted to His justice, remained
faithful to His Word, and advanced to Spiritual maturity.
Consequently, when you stand in your in your
resurrection body before the Lord Jesus Christ at the
Judgment Seat of Christ, you will hear His Words:
   ...Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful
with a few things, [Divine Thoughts] I will put you in
charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master!
(Matt 25:23)




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