20th April 2017

Dust Unto Dust

“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 3:19 (NKJV)

As I stood before the grave of my wife who is buried in a village cemetery in India, the above scripture came to my mind. I stood there silently and many more scriptures flooded my mind reminding me of God’s purpose for mankind. He formed us out of the dust of the ground and by His own hands created us in His image and likeness for His glory, with a view to giving us dominion over all things and eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son. For me, that is a greater miracle than the rest of the creation of the physical universe. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.

Adam and Eve had opportunity to live for ever in the garden of Eden, but they sinned and brought the death penalty to all mankind (Romans 5:12). From the time we are born, the death sentence is hanging over us, but Christ’s sacrifice was offered once to bear the sins of the world for our salvation (Hebrews 9:27-28). Those who know the truth, and are in Christ, for them death is the beginning of life everlasting in Jesus Christ. John 5:24 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.” The death of the saints is precious to God who takes away the righteous from this present evil world that they may rest from their labours—read Psalm 116:15, Isaiah 57:1, and Revelation 14:13.

As I was reflecting, scriptures of absolute assurance came vividly to my mind: First, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” Then in 1 Corinthians 15:42-57—more comforting words of being changed in a twinkling of an eye, when death has no hold over us, for we will be changed into glorious body, incorruptible, immortal, and will see Jesus.

In this fleshly life I do miss the companionship of my wife, but I am personally comforted by God, who says, “I, even I, am He Who comforts you” (Isaiah 51:12). And how can I forget Revelation 21:4 which says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” NO MORE DUST UNTO DUST!

Prayer
Abba, Father, I thank You for revealing this glorious plan of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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