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Summary: Four important truths we need to live by.

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Introduction: There is only one certainty in life and that is the certainty of dying one day.

LIFE IS SHORT:

Abraham: Genesis 18:27

And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

David: 1 Samuel 20:3

And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

2 Samuel 14:14

For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

1 Chron. 29:15

For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

Job: Job 7:7

O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

Job 14:1

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Psalm 89:47

Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

Psalm 90:5-6

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 6In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

Life is compared to :

1. a dream –Ps. 73:20

2. a sleep –Ps. 90:5

3. a Vapour-James 4:14

4. a shadow- Ecc. 6:12

5. Grass – 1 Peter 1:24

DEATH IS SURE:

Eccles. 3:2

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Eccles. 8:8

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

Hebrews 9:27

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Psalm 89:48

What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Recount Story of Rich man and Lazarus:

Note: Both the Rich & poor die

SIN IS THE CAUSE:

Original sin of disobedience: Genesis 2:17

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Romans 5:12

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Illust: A well-known athlete of Avignon, France, named Meissonnier, literally struggled with an incurable disease, and his last words were, “O Death! if you were a man, what short work I’d make of you!”

CHRIST IS THE CURE:

John 3:16-17

Angel’s message to Joseph : Matthew 1:21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Luke 9:56

For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

Romans 6:9

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Rev. 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.


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