He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:26–28, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” Never a popular subject, but in these uncertain days it’s the “elephant in the room.” The recent events has placed it squarely before us. We all have that appointment “to die once.” But one appointment we need not face is the second death.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11–15, NIV 1984).
Second death, another unpopular subject. And if we avoid this subject now, it will be unavoidable in the end (“after that to face judgment“). The old adage, born once – die twice, born twice – die once, is true.
“Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them.” (Revelation 20:6, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Are you one of “those who are waiting for Him?” You are if you’ve been born twice (born again). If not, what’s waiting for you is the second death. This need not be. Check out my “The Born Again Experience” musings to find out how.