Summary: Death is no respector of persons. Only the rapture will exclude all from facing this last enemy. Are you ready for death to come for you?
A Sermon For You
A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
The Reality of Death And The Entrance Into Eternal Life
By - Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D.
Our text verse comes from the book of Romans. Please turn with me to this text from,the book of 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:"
The awesome reality of death is a subject which must be faced by each person who is born upon this earth. It is the most definite fact of life. One day each will depart this life by the vehicle of death. So what is death? Why is death to the inhabitants on earth? What happens after death has taken life from the physical bodies of people? It has rightly been stated that at the moment of birth, the journey to the grave is begun. Death stalks every living soul, and always takes it’s bounty. In walking through the grave yards of this earth, we can readily see that death is no respecter of persons. It takes the old, the middle aged, the young and the infant. No one who is born is excluded from this fact, that as in Adam, all must die. Death is such a pertinent fact of life, that even the Lord Himself physically gave His earthly life to death. This He did willingly, to provide a means of escape from the original cause of death; SIN. For the sake of our understanding, let us look into the awesome fact of this subject; Death!
Genesis 1:26, says, "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Verse 27, then states; "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them; male and female created he them" And now verse 28, says, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Man was created in the image of Almighty God, by God. This creation of the first human created is further pictured in the second chapter of Genesis. Many false teachings abound as to the origin of human kind, but the fact of life itself stems from the Creator, God. It is of little value to argue with false believers concerning the origin of mankind as that most will not change their opinion as to the definition of the beginning of life. Only a meeting with the Creator Himself will change these individuals concerning our beginning. No amount of argument will change these poor souls, only God could persuade them to see the truth. God created mankind and He created us for the purpose of having fellowship with Him. in Genesis 2:7, a bit more detail is given to the creation of man. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." The word "formed" in the verse is understood from the Hebrew, as "molded; hand shaped." Before man had a soul, he had a body. The living soul was breathed into the body by God Himself.
Man’s First Sin, Disobedience
Then God took the man which He had made, and put him into the garden of Eden to keep it. (Verse 15.) It was then that God commanded His creation of one warning of his earthly reign on earth. Verses 16, and 17, tell us this; "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; 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." Only one command was given restricting man from living in his original state of creation. Not to obey this command would bring as it’s results; disobedience to God’s command, which is sin and then sin which brings forth Death. Romans 6:23, says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. "The word "death" is defined as "separation." To die means that one is separated from the original state of their creation. To die physically is when the soul and spirit are divided from the physical body. To die spiritually is for the body, soul and spirit of man to be eternally separated from the Creator, God Almighty! This is called in the Bible the second Death! Revelation 20:14, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. "With only one limitation given to man it would seem too easy not to fail, but as time passed by and the woman was added to the race, man succumbed to the awesome reality of NOT OBEYING that command from God, and he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This single act of disobedience brought about the fact of death. Death was and still is, the results of disobedience to God. That act of disobedience is called sin, iniquity, unbelief, transgression, and it’s results is the fact that man must die. Romans 5:8, says, "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." Adam in his willful act of disobeying God’s direct command, caused death to enter into this world. Now death is upon all mankind, passed to us from the first created man. Now all of us are sinners by nature, by birth. Although we have not committed the exact same act of disobedience as did Adam, (eating of the tree) we all are still guilty of being sinful in nature.