Courage (Part 8 (of 8))

James 5:7-9  Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

1 John 2:28b-29  … dear children, continue to live in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame. Since we know that God is always right, we also know that all who do what is right are his children.

Revelation 21:6-8  And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega — the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give the springs of the water of life without charge! All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. But cowards who turn away from me, and unbelievers, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshipers, and all liars — their doom is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.”

Are there two deaths?
Yes.   The first is that of our body, and the second is that of our Spirit.
I personally believe that GOD Gives each of us a part of Himself to start our heart beating 3-5 weeks after conception. That Gift of His SPIRIT also causes us to receive GOD’s Likeness. That is, along with Being Patterned to look similar to Him, we Were Formed with the aggregate of GOD’s Features and Traits, such as morality, honesty, courage, and integrity. Furthermore, since GOD Is The Eternal Living SPIRIT,  we also become eligible to live forever with Them (The HOLY Trinity) in Paradise.

If a person dies, it is their physical body that ceases to function. The Spirit part of them, because it came from GOD, continues to live as a disembodied Spirit until JESUS Returns for His Bride, The Church. Where it lives depends upon whether or not that person had Faith in GOD’s Love, in His Promise of the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, and in His Eternal Plan. According to The Word of GOD (The Holy Bible), all that Believe that JESUS Is GOD’s only Begotten Son, and professes that by Sacrificing His Life on a cross at Calvary He Appropriated Eternal Life in Paradise, shall Live there with GOD forever. GOD cannot lie. Cling to your Faith and take courage… it’s a matter of Life! If you do, you will prevent the second death, and Live forever in Paradise. Alleluia!!   –  revrob

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