How Did He Live?

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. -Philippians 1:21

(D)ying is not of one-half so much importance as living to Christ. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world.” He does not make their dying an object of prayer, “but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” He prays that they should be preserved in life, knowing that their death would assuredly follow rightly, as a matter of course. Many say one to the other, “Have you heard that so-and-so is dead?” “How did he die?” They should rather say, “How did he live?” It may be an important question,-how does a man die; but the most important question is, “How does a man live?” What a curious notion people get about death! The question they ask is not whether a man dies in the Lord Jesus, but, “Has he had a very easy death? Did he die gently?” If so, they conclude that all is well. If I ask, “Had he any affection to trust in Christ?” the reply probably will be, “Well, at all events, I thought he had; he had a very easy death.” People think so much of an easy death. If there are no pains in death, if they are not in trouble, and not plagued like others, they falsely conclude all to be well. But though like sheep they are laid in the grave, they may awaken to destruction in the morning. It is not a sign of grace that our dying is easy. It is natural for persons in the decay of strength to die easily. Many of the most vicious men, who have destroyed the power of their bodies, have an easy, painless death, from the fact that there is nothing to struggle against death; but, then, though they die like lambs, they wake up in sorrow. Do not put any confidence in death-beds, my dear friends; do not look on them as evidences of Christianity. The greatest evidence is not how a man dies, but how he lives. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/sermons/0047.cfm

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2 thoughts on “How Did He Live?

  1. Yet we cannot really live until we die with Christ! “And you he made alive, when you were dead through trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the air, the spirit now at work in the sons of disobedience…but God, rich in mercy, out of the greatest love, even when we were dead through trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by Grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:1-6
    “We were buried with him in baptism, in which we were also raised with him through faith in the working of God…And you who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him; having made us alive together with him…with Christ we have come to fullness of life in him, the head of all rule and authority!” Colossians 2:9-15)!
    “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” John 11:25-26
    Our Father is soooooo Good!! Thank you Jesus for taking us from death to life with you when we give you our living body as spiritual worship and conform to the Son instead of the world through the power of your Holy Spirit! (Romans 12:1-2)

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