2nd Sunday in Advent
December 16, 2018.
SUB THEME/8: Benefits of a life that pleases God.
TOPIC: Longevity and painless transition.
Genesis 5: 21-24; I Cor.15:52-58.
i) To discover the divine promise of a long and blissful life;
ii) To understand the concept and, to discover the secret of painless transition;
iii) To also discover the requirements to have longevity and painless transition.
Longevity refers to long duration of life, while ‘painless transition’ implies leaving this realm of life for eternity without spiritual, physical or psychological pain.
The Bible assures all who live to please God both of them. For such, the pangs of death have been taken care of by Christ’s death (I Cor. 15:55-57). In this world, as well as in the great beyond, they will enjoy the riches of Christ, Who is the Author of life.
1. Explain what you understand by ‘longevity’ and ‘painless transition’.
2. From the following scriptures, identify and discuss some of the factors that make for longevity and painless transition: Gen. 5:24; Ex. 23:25-26, 1 Kings 3:14; Psa. 91:14-16; I Cor.15:50-52.
3. Discuss these Scriptures that promise Christians full life on earth and eternal bliss hereafter and find out how we may enter, remain in and enjoy them, Psa. 91:14-16; 118:17; Isa.57:1-2; Luke 2:26.
4. In the light of the sub-theme and the topic of this study, how would you explain some cases where Christians’ lives were terminated through persecution or accident: e.g. John the Baptist, Jesus, the Apostles and many contemporary cases? Cf. Isa.57:1-2; 2 Tim.2:12; Rev. 6:9, 20.
Though there have been exceptions, which are under God’s sovereignty, His perfect will for us is longevity and painless transition as have been the lot of many who walked faithfully with God unto the very end. The scriptures are replete with divine promises and assurances that we can and should rely on. In all, what matters most is that we follow the Lord to the very end.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
While longevity is God’s reward, early transition should not be ruled out.