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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Jul 2010, 10:25 am

*PART 1 of 4*
*Pastor J. C. O'Hair*
A well known author once wrote these words: "the path of glory leads but
to the grave." Then a more famous author once wrote a letter in which he
stated that the path of special suffering leads to glory beyond the
grave. They call him Saint Peter.
The path of most of the people who have gone on to the grave was
anything but a path of glory. Only God knows how many people have left
this world and have gone to the grave. But men have guessed the number
to be over twenty billion. Of this number more that ten billion have
been uncivilized, unevangelized and uneducated heathen. Most of them
have died in poverty, and misery and degradation.
Perhaps you have read the first Book in the Bible, the Book of Genesis.
In the first chapters of that first Book we read of a wonderful man, a
man made in the image and likeness of God. That wonderful man was in a
wonderful Paradise, communing with Almighty God. Then something
happened. What was that something? Three letters tell us. S - I - N. Sin
has played havoc with the human race. "The wages of sin is death." As we
come to the last chapter of that first Book we read the biography of
another wonderful man. His name was Joseph. This is the way the chapter
ends---"So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old; and they
embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt."
What a contrast! Adam in the image of God in Paradise. Joseph in a
coffin in Egypt. If Adam had not sinned, Joseph would not have been in
Egypt or in a coffin. Yes, Joseph was about as fine and noble as any man
who ever lived on this earth. But he went to the grave. "To the grave."
Not a very happy thought, but the funeral cars are constantly passing us
on the way to the cemetery to keep us reminded that we, too, are on the
way to the cemetery, whether we are numbered among the noble or just the
There was another very noble man, a great king, in whose life there was
much glory. But the time of his departure arrived. He said, "I go the
way of all the earth." "So David slept with his fathers, and was buried
in the city of David. (I Kings 2:10). Let's read the account in I Kings
2:1 to 3---"Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he
charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou
strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the
Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep His statutes, and His
commandments, and His judgments and His testimonies, as it is written in
the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself."
More than one thousand years after that great king died another great
and noble man died; perhaps, with one exception, measured by true
values, the greatest man who ever lived on this earth. Note his farewell
message: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure
is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at
that day; and not to me only, but unto all them that love His
appearing." (II Timothy 4:6 to 8).
*PART 2 OF 4*
*Pastor J. C. O'Hair*
Where is this great man now? Is Paul forever dead? It was Paul who
wrote-----"Godlines s is profitable unto all things, having promise of
the life that now is, and of that which is to come." (I Timothy 4:8).
But note again his words in I Corinthians 15:19---"If in this life only
we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."
As we think of David, and Paul, and our loved ones, who have gone to
their graves, the old questions of Job are ever new: "Man giveth up the
ghost and where is he?" "If a man die, shall he live again?" Who has the
The first question, "Where are the dead?" causes us to think of these
strange words, recorded in Ecclesiastes 12:3 to 7---"In the day when the
keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow
themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that
look out of the windows be darkened, And the door shall be shut in the
streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at
the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought
low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears
shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden and desire shall fail; because man goeth
to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets; Or ever the
silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be
broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, Then shall
the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit return unto God
Who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity."
Let us read with these words the story of a great Christian hero,
Stephen. "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud
voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge, And when he had said
this, he fell asleep." (Acts 7:59 and 60).
Paul might well have thought of Stephen when he wrote II Corinthians 5:8
and 9---"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from
the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him."
There were times when Paul wanted to depart to be with Christ
(Philippians 1:22 and 23). That meant that his path led to glory beyond
the grave. Therefore he said: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us." (Romans 8:18). "When Christ, Who is our life, shall
appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." (Colossians 3:4).
*PART 3 OF 4*
*Pastor J. C. O'Hair*
Now let us compare the words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, when He
was here on earth, with that wonderful truth He later revealed to Paul.
" Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have
done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil,
unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28 and 29.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed, 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." I Corinthians 15:51 and 52.
The grave is simply a stop on the way. We are all either on the way to
eternal glory or to eternal perdition. The wonderful, startling news is,
that some are going to eternal glory without going to the grave. Think
of the joy of the redeemed ones who will be raptured in the twinkling of
an eye. No funeral. No grave. But glory eternal.
Did Moses make a mistake in his choice? "Choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for
a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasure in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward"
Hebrews 11:25 and 26.
Moses was not near-sighted. He looked far beyond the pleasures of sins
and the treasures of earth. He believed the truth of I John 2:16 and
17---"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that
doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Every life is a sacrifice. The sinner sacrifices heaven and eternal
glory for fun, fortune or fame. The Christian sacrifices the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life for an eternity with
Christ in glory.
*PART 4 OF 4*
*Pastor J. C. O'Hair*
*Yes, the Christian is going to heaven to share the glory of Christ,
because of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
I Peter 3:18 "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:"
Romans 5:8 and 9 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now
justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
Ephesians 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Can you imagine that any person living in the United States does not
know what is beyond the grave; or that any one in this country does not
know how to escape eternal perdition?
Hear these solemn words in John 3:36---"He that believeth on the Son
hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him."
Hear again Hebrews 10:39---"But we are not of them who draw back unto
perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
The time we spend this side of the grave is a nothing compared with the
unending eternity after we leave this world. But we must decide on our
eternal destiny and destination before we die of before Christ comes.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment." Hebrews 9:27
After death and the grave, what? Judgment---the wrath of God. Not
probation or another chance. You can settle the matter of your eternal
destiny right now. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man
should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:8 to 10.

Be wise and receive Christ right here and now.

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