Day One of Gospel Campaign
“AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED!” A little drama here we can use to illustrate the Truth of God’s Word. The books were closed before they could be opened. The first man, Adam, was first created a spirit being and then later enclosed in a body. In this body our thoughts, imaginations, anxieties, and fears are concealed. But Him whose eyes are like fire sees us ‘naked’ as we are. There is nothing that we are that is hidden from God.
Man lives in constant fear of the death of the body. However, that death only separates one’s soul from his body. When the Soul leaves the body, feelings and consciousness leave the body. However, the soul – wherever it goes – will still be conscious because it will still have the spirit of life.
Every day of your life you are writing a story. We are books but “written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor.3:3). You have the ink of life and are writing a story on the pages of time. But you own neither the ink nor the pages.
The Author of Life has power to separate life from the soul. When that happens, one would cease to exist. His consciousness would simply disappear! Should that happen then all that a person was and had achieved would be a waste! That is what constitutes the Second Death, and one, above all things, should dread such a loss! Like the Lord admonished, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mat.10:28). Yes, the “sword” of man can only kill the body of flesh, but only God’s Sword can pierce through to separate the spirit of life from a soul – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb.4:12). The Word is that Sword which shall come out of the mouth of the Christ, for “out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword”(Rev.19:15).
What story are you writing? Remember that you don’t own the ‘pen’ or the ‘pages’ on which you write. It would be foolish to write your own story before you are told by your maker what story to write. Your prayer should be, “Show me your will Lord”. (Listen to the sermon below).