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A Matter of Life and Death: What It Means to Be Alive in Christ

It’s a matter of life and death. We often use this phrase to discuss something of extreme urgency and importance. So when someone begins a dialogue with these words, we tend to pay attention. With that being said, what I am about to tell you in this blog post is a matter of life and death. Why? Because without Christ, you will die. But in Him, you will experience life everlasting.


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A matter of death…

As bothersome as it can be to talk about, death is simply something we all must come to terms with at some point in our lives. We will all face physical death. And not only that, but we will all undoubtedly deal with loss due to the death of someone we care about. We all have a day we come into this world and a day in which we leave it behind.

But the Bible defines death a bit differently. Death isn’t simply something that happens at the end of our lives, rather there’s more to it than that. What we experience at the end of our earthly lives is physical death, but the Bible describes spiritual death as well.

While we will all experience the physical death of our broken bodies (even Believers), children of God will not experience spiritual death. This is what we see clearly happen in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve didn’t physically die immediately following their bad decision. They did, however, die spiritually that day. Everything changed for them in an instant.


A matter of life…

The moment death entered the world, God began a plan to bring life once again. This new life would come through Jesus, and it would come at a high price. Jesus would have to die on a cross in order to rise from the dead and defeat death. As children of God, we will get to share in His resurrection. The Bible says that we have eternal life and will one day even receive new heavenly bodies! (I am super excited about this part!)

While death came through one man (Adam) life would come once again through Jesus Christ. And just like Adam and Eve died spiritually in an instant, our spiritual birth happens in an instant. When we are born again, we are immediately alive in Christ!


For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:21-22


A matter of life and death…

We all have a choice to make. The Good News is that God made a way for life. He longs to make you alive in Him! But we have to take Him up on His offer. We must follow Jesus and be a part of the family of God.

His arms are open wide ready for all who will come to Him… but we must be willing to come.


He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV)


When it comes to choosing Christ, it truly is a matter of life and death.


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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

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