Open Heaven 4 April 2020 Daily Devotional By Pastor E.A Adeboye
TOPIC: The Agonies of Eternal Death
“And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” – (Matthew 13:42)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
READ: Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
18. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Eternal death is the same as damnation to hell. It describes the condition of living in eternity without God. Eternal death is for those who die physically and depart this world without repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. This is also known as the second death, which is the final banishment of unbelievers from God’s presence. To this effect, (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) says:
“…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed… in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…”
The agony of eternal death may be described in two major ways: (1) The loss of eternal peace and joy with God (2) The hardship of eternal damnation in hell fire. Romans 6:23 categorically states that eternal life is a gift from God. Romans 1:16 further tells us that this precious gift is available to those who believe in the saving power of the name of Jesus.
Eternal life provides humanity with rest from the troubles of life and grants the pleasure of being in God’s presence forever. Thus, missing out on eternal life will be a major agony of eternal death. The second major agony of eternal death comes from the suffering, pain and anguish of hell itself. The Bible describes hell as an everlasting fire that is prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
Dwelling with the devil and his angels will be such a horrific experience. I pray that you will not partake in the agony of eternal death in the mighty name of Jesus.
To escape this agony, simply accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are saved already, congratulations! Please guard your salvation diligently to the end (1 Corinthians 10:12). Acts 4:12 says “Neither is there in any other: for there is none other name yen given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Father, please don’t let me partake in the agony of eternal death, in the mighty name of Jesus.
HYMNAL: Hymn 30 – When we walk with the Lord
1. When we walk with the Lord,
In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey!
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear,
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss,
Nor a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows
And the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.