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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
Is it possible that the path that we choose to journey upon has any
connection with issues such as life and death? The Bible teaches
that, “There is a way (path) which seemeth right unto a man, but
the end thereof are the ways (path) of death” (Prov 14:12).
Obviously no one wishes for death; so how are Christians
supposed to know which way we should go?
Eliezer said, “tell me; that I may turn to the right hand , or to the
left ” (Gen 24:49). Do you know for absolute sure, which way to go?
The Bible teaches that there are really only two ways in which we can move about
during this lifetime, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way, (path) that leadeth to destruction , and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, (path) which leadeth unto life ,
and few there be that find it!” (Matt 7:13-14) We now should realize that our search
for a passageway through this life is actually quite simple; Jesus Christ taught as we
have just read, that there are really only two paths upon which humans can journey:
(1) the way, (path) that leadeth to destruction; or
(2) the way, (path) which leadeth unto life !
We either serve (i.e., we obey ) the Almighty God on the one hand or we serve (i.e., we
obey ) the god of this world on the other, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of (1) sin unto death , or (2)
of obedience unto righteousness ? ” (Rom 6:16).
We can gain an insightful understanding if we will simply make a straightforward
association between those last two Bible passages. The scripture teaches that there are
merely two masters that the human can obey: (1) the master of sin unto death , and (2) the
master of obedience unto righteousness ; further, as we have just observed, Jesus taught
that there are merely two paths that humans can follow: (1) the way, that leadeth to
destruction , and (2) the way, which leadeth unto life . We can easily associate these two
masters with the paths on which they would lead:
(1) there is the master of sin unto death who directs his servants in the way, that leadeth to
destruction;
(2) there is the master of obedience unto righteousness who directs Christians on the way,
which leadeth unto life !
The whole concept is so simple it is almost lost upon us. In the same fashion as the person
who fails to capture the concept of the forest because of his limited focus on the trees, if we
are not especially careful, we can all too easily lose sight of the complete picture! Paul
taught us that we have been set free from the first master that we might serve the other,
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
death ” (Rom 8:2). All of humanity since Adam, begins the natural life by serving “the god
of this word” who is the master of “ sin unto death and who leads us in “ the way, that
leadeth to destruction! However, through the born-again process, we are set free from
the first master and we then begin to serve the second. The major problem is that through
conditioning, most Christians continue as if they still served the first master!
Why do Christians continue to think and to act as if they still serve the first master? One of
the reasons is that they maintain a vanquished or conquered perspective! To understand
this vanquished perspective we must get a concept of those two masters and the paths upon
which they lead! We all know that through sin, the devil leads his servants into death and
destruction; and through righteousness, the LORD leads his servants into eternal life and
freedom. Given those two paths, let’s consider the devil’s pathway in order that we are not
tempted to return to it and/or more importantly that we will abandon any and all of his
tenets, which may yet conquer our thinking! A key point is that even though we have been
previously conditioned by the devil, we are no longer his followers! Therefore, we no
longer need to spend so much time thinking about those same death and destruction issues
upon which the world so completely focuses its attention! To get a grasp on the world’s
focus let us consider the following passage concerning Jesus, “that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death , that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage ” (Heb 2:14-15). The
Bible clearly teaches us here that the world is wholly subject to the bondage of the fear of
death! None of the following list of products/services are wrong or in any way sinful!
Rather, I simply want us to realize how as Hebrews 2:15 states the case, humanity is in
total bondage to the “ fear of death! ” That fear drives the sale of so many of today’s goods
and services as the following truncated list shows: health products; health foods; exercise
equipment; critical function monitors such as BP and pulse rate devices; medications;
health club memberships; health insurance premiums; home security systems; low-fat
foods; low-sodium foods; low-cholesterol foods; mental health books; relaxation tapes;
high protein drinks; high energy supplements; etc. Most of this list of goods and services
could simply be categorized under the general heading of people desiring to experience
long, healthy, peaceful, and productive lives! That is certainly a wise goal; however,
consider that every Christian has the right to claim and expect the following from God:
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set him on high, because he
hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble ; I
will deliver him , and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him , and shew him my salvation” (Ps
91:14-16);
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long
life, and peace , shall they add to thee” (Prov 3:1-2);
“my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid ” (John 14:27);
in the third person, David wrote of himself, “He (David the king) asked life of thee, and thou gavest it
him, even length of days ” (Ps 21:4);
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
“if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk,
then I will lengthen thy days ” (1 Kings 3:14);
“for he is thy life , and the length of thy days ” (Deut 30:20);
“just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee” (Deut 25:15);
“for as the days of a tree are the days of my people , and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their
hands” (Isa 65:22);
“fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones ” (Prov
3:7-8);
when one gives alms, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring
forth speedily : and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward”
(Isa 58:8);
“Why criest thou for thine affliction? . . . they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee
will I give for a prey. 17 For I will restore health unto thee , and I will heal thee of thy wounds , saith the
LORD” (Jer 30:15-17).
Rather than the “ fear of death , ” our focus should be upon the blessings of God and that He
has promised to us a long and healthy life! There is a clear distinction between those who
have a covenant with their God and those who do not! The two groups are going in
completely different directions!
Everything that a Christian does after his conversion leads him/her into life; notice several
items from the passages above: they keep God’s commandments; they set Jesus as the Lord
of their lives; they give alms, they give tithes; they give firstfruits; they pray over their
food; they practice honesty; etc. However, these practices, which lead them into life, do
not earn them life, “even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men
unto justification of life” (Rom 5:18). Eternal life in Jesus Christ has been freely given!
On the other hand all the actions of the servants of sin leads him to death and destruction;
that is why the previous truncated list of goods and services seemed so long.
One should be asking concerning the Christian, “What do you mean, “Everything that a
Christian does after his conversion leads them into life? Aren’t both (Christians and non-
Christians) already living? How can someone be led into “life?” Isn’t “life” something
that both already possess?” Instead of relying on our human instincts, let’s learn from the
Apostle John just what Biblical “life” is all about. We notice that he uses two different
Greek words for “life” in John 12:25, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth
his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” Now let’s break down the verse; “He
that loveth his life (Greek word “psuche” pronounced (psoo-khay'); which merely means
breath, even animals possess this “breath” form of vitality and life.) shall lose it; and he
that hateth his life (again the Greek word “psuche”) in this world shall keep it unto life
(‘zoe’ pronouonced (dzo-ay') this form of life is best observed through a question asked of
Jesus, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life (‘zoe’)?”
(Matt 19:16). Here the man asked Jesus how he might obtain something that he knew that
he did not already possess! ) eternal” (John 12:25).
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
There are at least two different words for “life” in the Greek language! First, there is the
natural (“psuche”) kind of life, which all living creatures possess. An angel first used this
Greek word as he spoke of Christ, when he told Joseph that he should return to Israel with
Mary and Jesus, “they are dead which sought the young child's life (“psuche”) ” (Matt
2:20). Secondly, there is the (“zoe”) form of life which all servants of Jesus possess,
“Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life (“zoe”) in
you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life (“zoe”) ” (John
6:53-54). Obviously non-Christians do not partake of the communion of Jesus; therefore
they have no (“zoe”) life in them. As Jesus said, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of
man, and drink his blood, ye have no life (“zoe”) .”
For emphasis, let’s establish one of our main premises of this study: There is a clear
distinction between those who have a covenant with their God and those who do not!
These two diverse groups are going in absolute different directions! This means that even
though Christians have been previously conditioned and indoctrinated by the devil, he/she
should not indulge his/her thinking in the same fashion as the world at large. Since the
non-Christian does not have a covenant with God, and is in bondage to the “ fear of death
he certainly does not rely on Almighty God for his very sustenance, support, and care. This
lack of a covenant causes the non-Christian world to devise every conceivable form of life-
enhancing; life-sustaining; life-extending; life-modifying device as we earlier observed in
this study.
How important is the difference between those who have a covenant with their God and
those who do not? The Bible should be the Christian’s source of knowledge in these areas.
Let’s observe how David understood and made a clear distinction of this critical difference,
“And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying . . . for who is this uncircumcised
Philistine , that he should defy the armies of the living God ?” (1 Sam 17:26). Now
remember scripture records concerning David, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man
after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22). So here is how a man after God’s heart made that
distinction. When David said, “ this uncircumcised Philistine, ” he drew attention to the
“uncircumcised” status of the Philistine, David essentially separated the world into two
broad but major categories; (1) those who have a covenant “circumcision” with Almighty
God and (2) those who don’t have a covenant or the “uncircumcised.” The Christian, like
David must be aware that a distinction does exist. In fact, that distinction should be the
very source of their courage against the old master! Notice David’s words as he continued
his discussion, “David said unto Saul, Thy servant (that is, David) kept his father's sheep,
and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after
him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I
caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion
and the bear and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them , seeing he hath
defied the armies of the living God” (1 Sam 17:34-36). Notice something powerful in this
context; David establishes the Biblical principle that the uncircumcised (those who remain
outside of the covenant of God) are to be in the same category as a lion and a bear, “ this
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them ! ” Here, the Bible reveals to us, through
the words of David, that the uncircumcised (those who remain outside of the covenant of
God) are no different than a lion or a bear! In other words, a man without a covenant with
God lives on the same level as the natural life (“psuche”) world! This does not in any
fashion denigrate or degrade those outside of a covenant with God Almighty (indeed they
are made in the image of God) ; however, it does very emphatically indicate that they
remain in the category of the natural life world! Therefore, they serve that master whom
we have already learned who by sin he is leading his servants into death and destruction!
Now focus on this very important concept; have you ever seen a cow, a horse, or some
other natural creature hopelessly standing out in the harsh elements during inclement
weather conditions? You probably felt a little sorry for the dumb creature. On the other
hand, what did Jesus do when he was confronted with a fierce storm, “they came to him,
and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind
and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And he said unto
them, Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:24-25). The point is that Jesus Christ walked in a
covenant with the Almighty God! Therefore, He did not react to a storm in the same
fashion, which is by doing nothing as an animal or natural creature might react. The
animal kingdom simply cannot do anything about the weather! In the natural world, people
unsurprisingly think that they cannot change conditions and circumstances such as the
weather either! They believe that they are just like the rest of the natural world! During a
dry year the wild animals of the field languish and certainly die! The only real difference
between the human kingdom and the animal kingdom is that humans can create life-
enhancing; life-sustaining; life-extending; life-modifying devices. As a result, natural
humans place their faith in these devices, rather than in God !
What the Christian must realize is that David grouped the uncircumcised (those outside of a
covenant with God) in the same category as the animals, “this uncircumcised Philistine
shall be as one of them” (meaning the uncircumcised are just like the animal kingdom) .
David equated the uncircumcised (those possessing merely the “psuche” form of life) in the
same category as the animals; in essence David asked, “How could an animal (a living
being from the natural kingdom) possibly prevail against a man who is in covenant with
God Almighty?”
As we consider this powerful revelation that David opens to us on the subject of the
uncircumcised (those “psuche” human beings who remain outside of a covenant with
God) , let’s realize just how important the words of Paul are as we review the passage, “For
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
death ” (Rom 8:2)? The “law of sin and death” is evident through: sickness, disease,
natural disasters, war, poverty, and all of those things that the bible relates are the result of
“the curse!” Paul said, “ sin entered into the world, and death by sin ; and so death passed
upon all men” (Rom 5:12). All of the natural creatures meaning those living in the
“psuche” existence, experience death, “For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth
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but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all
one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast (Eccl 3:19). Obviously
then, according to scripture this death experienced in the human family is the same death
which occurs in the animal kingdom, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is
hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion” (Eccl 9:4).
Unregenerate humanity (those who have not experienced the regeneration “he saved us, by
the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5) lives merely
through a “psuche” existence; therefore they experience the same life and death conditions
as the animal kingdom, “ this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them!
Here is a key concept: When death for the human family came into the world through
Adam, it turned out to be the ceasing point of sin for the individual! Notice how Paul
describes it, “sin entered into the world, and death by sin ” (Rom 5:12). Sin naturally
brings death to those who indulge in it as Paul wrote, “But sin, that it might appear sin,
working death in me ” (Rom 7:13). Realize this, sin works death in the individual human
being! The apostle James describes the sin/death process, “Then when lust hath conceived,
it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death ” (James 1:15). Paul
taught us that sin actually takes its adherents captive by a new law, “bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Rom 7:23). Once the individual is
taken captive by sin then death is the natural result! When human beings sin against
someone else they generally experience pangs of guilt and sorrow; indeed, the smitten
conscious is part of the process, “the sorrow of the world worketh death ” (2 Cor 7:10).
God has established this entire process in order that “the law of sin and death” would place
a curb on sinning in the individual human. Upon death, sinning obviously terminates also.
Death therefore became the only factor in the life of the human being that would cease him
from his sin, “the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart
while they live ” (Eccl 9:3). The prophet Jeremiah continues in this expression of the
wickedness in the heart of unregenerate humanity, “The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked ” (Jer 17:9). Imagine what the world would be like if notorious
sinners from the past remained alive! Let’s consider, if Adolph Hitler were still alive, what
manner of evil and destruction would he be instigating in today’s age of atomic, biological,
and chemical weapons of mass destruction? God prearranged that death would bring an
end to everyone who sins , instead of allowing them to eternally exist in that kind of a
chaotic world. In effect, death establishes a curb against the prolongation of sinning on the
part of each individual human! This is the essence of what the Bible describes as “the law
of sin and death” (Rom 8:2).
It is easy to observe that there are “death cycles” in this world such as: war, terrorism,
disease, and natural disasters. All of these cyclical natural and/or man-made conditions
result in death and destruction. Even our financial community is subject to these “death
cycles.” One writer of the 1980’s predicted in his book that there would be a worldwide
financial collapse during the 1990’s. He based his predictions on the fact that
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
approximately every fifty years there was a pattern of financial collapse in the
national/world economy. His predicted financial collapse has been artificially held-up for a
decade; however, everyone is expecting some kind of an imminent massive turnover in the
economy! A key question that we should be asking is, “Should Christians expect to be
adversely affected by future downturns in national/world economic conditions?”
Why would predictable turnovers in the financial world occur every fifty years or so? Why
do rich young rock stars, actors, and sports figures such as: Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin,
John Belushi etc, continually die prematurely? God created the natural “law of sin and
death,” as a curb for sinning in each human. When these young ignoble individuals come
into more adulation and financial resources than their natural human character can deal
with, they begin to binge on powerful and deadly substances such as drugs, alcohol and
other things! Their continued overindulgences in these potent substances naturally led to
their untimely death. A famous historian once said that man learns nothing from history!
As we have just read, the scripture is clear about the “law of sin and death.” Born-again
Christians are no longer subject to that law of death; therefore, they are not subject to its
negative effects! Since they have a covenant with their God, they are different from the
natural world! Therefore, they can pray-off these destructive conditions that the world
naturally suffers! Jesus said that just like salt (widely known and understood as a
preservative in the ancient world) Christians are supposed to be a preservative in this
world, “Ye are the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). Jesus taught that Christians are to be
preserving agent to a dying world! Therefore, the Christian should by “the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” thrive during periods of disaster in: the economy; health;
and natural circumstances; in these instances they bring glory to God Almighty in whom
they place their trust and by whom they are delivered!
Let’s notice a specific example where the distinction between those who have a covenant
with their God and those who do not have a covenant is in plain sight. By implication, the
“law of sin and death” declares that a human being who goes into deep water without a life-
saving device during a storm will naturally drown to his death. However, with the help of
Jesus, Peter stepped out on the water during a storm and he walked on the surface of the
water! Through Jesus, Peter was not subject to the law of sin and death! Paul explains
why, “ the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” hath made me free from the law of sin
and death” (Rom 8:2).
Just like Peter, Christians today are not subject to “the law of sin and death!” Because of
their freedom from the law of sin, they are not authorized to tempt God, “thou shalt not
tempt the Lord thy God” (Luke 4:12); however, they surely are authorized to claim “ the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” especially during times of grave danger! When
Christians vocally claim “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” they even have the
power to suspend or override the natural forces of nature. Once the Christian realizes that
he is “the Righteousness of God,” he begins to speak and act quite differently, “The mouth
of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. 31 The law of his
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide ” (Ps 37:30-31). Born-again Christians are
people of faith and their words are spoken words of faith, “The word is nigh thee, even in
thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith ” (Rom 10:8). This verse presents
quite a different set of circumstances for “the person of faith” as opposed to those who do
not have a covenant with their God. The “uncircumcised” in heart remain under “the law
of sin and death,” those “Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right
hand of falsehood” (Ps 144:8)! The Christian is free from “the law of sin and death!”
Therefore, as they learn and begin to claim and expect the promises of life, they enter into
the powerful understanding that they are not subject to the same circumstances as the
natural human!
It is difficult even for the born-again Christian to operate in this mode of believing faith.
Too many Christians just don’t feel as if they are worthy! However, feeling one’s way
through any circumstance is simply not proper for the person of faith. Regarding this point
of feeling , we should take a lesson from the natural world; only a blind man would rely on
feeling his way through any unfamiliar circumstances; so too is it with those Christians
who remain “spiritually blind!” Christians who continually seek to “feel” God’s presence,
flirt with doubt and therefore they choose to linger in that “spiritually blind” condition!
Christians are supposed to know that God is continually with them, “for he hath said, I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5)! The Christian is supposed to stand firm on
God’s word in believing faith!
Christians, who choose that mode of believing faith, begin to believe and act on the
promises of God. They have Abraham’s grandson, Jacob (Whose name means “the
supplanter/schemer”) , as an example. Through the process of his life, Jacob eventually
began to walk in the meaning of his new name, Israel (Which means “the prince or
overcomer with God” – Notice the Bible’s use of the two names, Jacob – Israel. Each name
conveys to us when he is operating correspondingly in the flesh or in the spirit!) , “And
Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go
(Here we find Jacob wanting his God to lead him, to provide for him, and to protect him;
therefore he placed “conditions” upon God! – Notice the “If – Then” conditional nature of
the verse.) , and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to
my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God ” (Gen 28:20-21). We can
observe Jacob in a subsequent passage where he gives testimony about how God Almighty
proved Himself that He in fact was Jacob’s God, “And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and
I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was
with me in the way (path) which I went. 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods
which were in their hand . . . and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round
about them , and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob” (Gen 35:3-5).
Once Jacob began to serve and trust in his God, he had to learn that God also directed his
path. Notice Jacob’s words concerning God, “ and was with me in the way (path) which I
went. In fact, Jacob’s God never did abandon him or his children. Just like their father
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
Jacob, the children of Israel had to learn to follow the paths that their God set before them!
So today also we Christians must learn to follow the paths that the Lord sets out before us!
God always led the children of Israel; however, He often led them through seemingly
illogical pathways! God’s paths are almost always beyond the realm of human
understanding, “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led
them not through the way (path) of the land of the Philistines (To the land that God had
given to Abraham) , although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people
repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18 But God led the people about,
through the way (path) of the wilderness of the Red sea : and the children of Israel went up
harnessed out of the land of Egypt” (Ex 13:17-18). Instead of experiencing sure war, God
led His people to the seeming dead-end of the Red Sea; He did this in order that they would
become familiar with his miraculous ways and learn to trusting His leadership, “that they
may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth” (Deut 4:10)! So too,
must Christians learn to walk in faith through circumstances that seem odd, “without faith
it is impossible to please him” (Heb 11:6).
We have been learning the various distinctions between the “circumcised in heart” and the
“uncircumcised in heart.” The ancient nation of Israel failed to continually maintain that
distinction between themselves and the nations around them. So too must the Christian
maintain the distinction between those who have a covenant with their God and those who
do not! We Christians can only be successful as we follow the leadership of God Almighty
and trust in Him to sustain us! As we follow his lead, we must abandon the path and
therefore abandon the fear on which “the law of sin and death” holds its captives.
We all should want to be led by God! But, what does the leading of God mean for each of
us? Let’s observe a story in the life of king Saul whose father Kish had sent Saul to find
donkeys which had become lost. Not having found the donkeys after several days, Saul
became concerned that his father might be more worried about his son than the donkeys, so
he indicated to his servant that they should go home. However, Saul’s servant shared some
awesome revelation, “And he (the servant of Saul) said unto him, Behold now, there is in
this city a man of God , and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to
pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way (path) that we should
go ” (1 Sam 9:5-6). In other words, Saul’s servant advised him that they should inquire at
the hand of the man of God! Perhaps the man of God would make their way prosperous.
We who seek to follow God’s direction and path need to learn that in some instances, God
leads us through a man of God.
However, beyond following after a man of God, Christians need to learn that God
continually keeps His own eye on those that follow after Him. God keeps His eye on His
children to deliver, to feed, and to protect them that trust in Him, “Behold, the eye of the
LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy ; 19 To deliver their
soul from death , and to keep them alive in famine . . . because we have trusted in his holy
name” (Ps 33:18-21). Indeed, more than keeping his eye on us, God guides us with His
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
eye, “ I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way (path) which thou shalt go : I will
guide thee with mine eye ” (Ps 32:8). God, Himself becomes our guide. Notice how the
New King James Version describes one certain Psalm, “Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps our pathway ” (Ps 85:13) NKJV. In this passage we learn
that God’s own steps become our path.
Stated as simply as possible the Book of Proverbs teach us to follow the ways or the paths
of God, “Enter not into the path of the wicked , and go not in the way (path) of evil men . 15
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away . . . 18 But the path of the just is as the
shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day . 19 The way (path) of the
wicked is as darkness : they know not at what they stumble” (Prov 4:14-19). Yet again,
from that last passage we should recognize that there are merely two paths for the human:
(1) the path of the just and
(2) the way of the wicked.
The Christian must seek the leadership of God, “ Lead me in thy truth, and teach me : for
thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Ps 25:5). Here David
asked for God’s leadership; however, he was willing to wait (That is to say, he was willing
to patiently look to God in full expectation of his request.) Notice other usages of the word
wait, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”
(Isa 40:31). Those who patiently wait in faithful expectation of their request are never left
in a state of shame because God did not perform, “and thou shalt know that I am the
LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me (Isa 49:23); “The LORD is good
unto them that wait for him , to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should
both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD ” (Lam 3:25-26). Christians
must begin to hope for and expect deliverance from the hand of their God, “the LORD's
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save” (Isa 59:1). As the words of the song about
Lazarus’ death and resurrection go, “Isn’t it great; when He’s four days late; He’s still on
time!” God always delivers His children! Mary and Martha learned this after four days of
death!
We must realize that along with the guarantee of deliverance, the word of God promises
that He will direct our paths! We have God’s direct promise that He will always lead us,
“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God
which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way (path) that thou shouldest
go ” (Isa 48:17). God has promised to lead us in the way that we should go, “He maketh me
to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake” (Ps 23:2-3).
When His paths become our paths, we are promised blessings from God, “The LORD hath
sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn
to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the
which thou hast laboured. 9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it , and praise the
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it” (Isa 62:8-9). The people of
God need to rely on His leadership and blessings. Yet, one may ask, “How does/will God
lead me?”
Today, the Holy Spirit is our leader, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will
guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13). Our personal and
individual guide is the Holy Spirit of God! We must have faith that God leads and protects
those who patiently wait on the LORD! However, we must continually recognize that there
is a distinction between those who live in covenant with God Almighty through the Holy
Spirit and those who do not!
The distinction between those who have covenant with God Almighty and those who do
not is directly associated with one’s attachment to, “the law of sin and death.” The clear
distinction is Life –versus– Death! Notice how all of the following scriptures explicitly or
implicitly make that clear distinction:
“Forsake the foolish, and live ; and go in the way of understanding” (Prov 9:6).
Wisdom said, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death
(Prov 8:36).
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death ” (Prov 10:2).
“Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death ” (Prov 11:4).
“As righteousness tendeth to life : so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death ” (Prov 11:19).
In the way of righteousness is life ; and in the pathway thereof there is no death ” (Prov 12:28).
“The law of the wise is a fountain of life , to depart from the snares of death ” (Prov 13:14).
“The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death ” (Prov 14:32).
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov
18:21).
“thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life , and the way of death ” (Jer 21:8).
“Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart
and a new spirit: for why will ye die , O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him
that dieth , saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezek 18:31-32).
“He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life , and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life ” (John 5:24).
So why do Christians die? With our bodies (that is, in our flesh) , we serve the law of sin,
“So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin
(Rom 7:25). Clearly, the flesh serves “the law of sin and death!” But I do not serve that
law of death! Since I do not serve “ the law of sin and death ” in my spirit or in my mind,
just in my flesh, when can I expect deliverance from God? Now consider Paul’s answer to
our question as he explains just when we should expect deliverance from God, “But we
had (past tense) the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered ( past tense ) us from so great a death,
and doth deliver ( present tense ) : in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us ( future
tense ) ” (2 Cor 1:9-10). The Biblical answer is clear; the Christian should expect
deliverance from Jesus Christ at all times including the past, present, and the future!
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
One cannot be delivered out of something that he is not in; therefore it appears that our
flesh may suffer death! However, even if we die , that should not occur because of God’s
promise that we have lived a long and prosperous life. Even then that death is only
temporary, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last
enemy that shall be destroyed is death ” (1 Cor 15:25-26). Jesus will destroy that death by
a resurrection, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the
dead” (1 Cor 15:21). Jesus gives immortality to us now in our spirit and in our minds and
he will also bring the resurrection from the dead later in our flesh! Notice when this
resurrection is set to take place, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump :
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed” (1 Cor 15:52).
So what about “the law of sin and death?” Are we servants of the law of death, “Know ye
not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye
obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom 6:16). No!
Through righteousness we have gone beyond death, “For when ye were the servants of sin,
ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are
now ashamed? for the end of those things is death” (Rom 6:20-21). Death existed in us in
the past; but it does not live in us today. We are to live in Christ! Therefore, we are not
condemned for anything that we do while in this life, “There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death ” (Rom 8:1-2).
Jesus Christ begins an awesome process which ultimately results in eternal life in the
Christian; “he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (meaning to place that
“zoe” form of life in) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11).
Jesus went through the same process which authorized him to give us “zoe” life, “For
Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). The placing of
His “zoe” form life into His people starts a process that can actually be mapped. Once we
have been given “zoe” life, we begin to call upon His name, “ quicken (“zoe”) us, and we
will call upon thy name” (Ps 80:18). Christians are given this “zoe” form of eternal life
through the word of God, “ quicken (“zoe”) thou me according to thy word” (Ps 119:25).
After they have received “zoe” life from Jesus Christ through the word of God, Christians
are placed upon God’s paths, “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity (the old way
“path” of life) ; and quicken (“zoe”) thou me in thy way (path) ” (Ps 119:37). Once the
Christian is placed upon the paths of God they begin to walk as the righteousness of God,
“he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21); as the Psalmist said, “ quicken (“zoe”) me in
thy righteousness” (Ps 119:40).
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that seems right;
but, the ends thereof are the ways of death.
“Zoe” or eternal life is given to God’s people only through faith! By definition, Enoch was
a man of faith, “ By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death ; and was not
found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony,
that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh
to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
(Heb 11:5-6). This passage unequivocally teaches that Enoch diligently sought after and
became a man of faith; further, it teaches that he became an example for us of someone
who placed his complete trust in God! Why is Enoch’s example so critical to our
understanding? Because there is coming a generation of Christians who like Enoch will
never see death; rather, they will remain alive unto the coming of the Lord! Our generation
is quite probably that very generation which will pass from life to life eternal without the
intervention of death, “we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall
not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with
a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds , to meet the Lord in the air!” (1 Thess 4:15-17). Therefore, God will
reveal special things to this generation, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he
revealeth his secret unto his servants ” many new aspects of His word that He has never
before revealed, shall we begin to understand!
Paul spoke of our “treasure in earthen vessels” and revealed that we are never destroyed,
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our body . 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death
for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh . 12
So then death worketh in us (Here Paul reveals that some are ordained to die while others
are intended to live) , but life in you . . . 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you (notice that Paul cites two
different groups ‘us’ and ‘you’” (2 Cor 4:6-14). In this next passage, we will observe how
Paul clearly expressed that he believed that he actually had the choice of “life” or “death.”
He wrote, “so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
death . 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is
the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not (This life or death decision for
Paul presented to him a great dillema!) . 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire
to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is
more needful for you” (Phil 1:20-24).
There indeed is a “way (path) that seems right unto a man,” and all of living “psuche”
humanity is on that path toward death. However, Christians are following God’s path,
which leads to eternal “zoe” life!
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