Life’s Term Limit- Career sinners Set Term Limit- Death Is The Equalizer
When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Genesis 6:1-3 –
We all have heard people talk about term limits in a political sense for some forms of office. Yet truth is each of us have a term limit- our lives are not immortal as human beings- we all will die and give account to God for the term we served and what we did in the physical body.
When God says this in Genesis he decreased human life expectancy to only 120 years, and it got shorter after that. David in the Psalms says
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
Psalm 90:10-11 –
Human life generally does not exceed 70 or 80 years. As sad as death can be to ponder over we must realize death was not a natural thing God authored but sin brought. God after all cannot entrust immortality to evildoers or people who sin. Imagine how horrible it be if evil people were immortal? A greater horror then the fate of death itself I suppose you could say. Death is both bad and good at the same time considering if people lived forever and did evil and devoted themselves to doing wrong, imagine how much damage they could cause in thousands of years?
Some people can accomplish such evil and cause so much pain in even a decade but imagine if they could live forever? So many people are indeed only going to stop creating problems if they end up dying- we lock some up in prisons for life just to keep them from creating any more victims- because if they got out even after ten or twenty years they would not change a bit. Thats the sad reality- some people wont stop creating grief or sorrow or harm until they are buried. That is just reality.
Our souls were created immortal- but God took away physical immortality when sin became a problem. He cannot trust evil doers or sinners with such unlimited or unchecked privilege.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned —
Romans 5:12 –
Yet the Bible is clear we all are guilty of sin so we all must die. However, the Gospel is God’s solution to death- if we repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ- we can have eternal life. After our body dies we will go to the Lord. Eventually God will raise our dead bodies at the end and resurect them and we will be both immortal souls and physically immortal.
(1 Corinthians 6:14, 1 Corinthians 15:13,
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:21-26 –
Yet how should we live here in our “Term” of life. We should live for Christ and do right and good, no longer living for sin- if we continue to live for sin and in sin then “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.Romans 8:13 –
Does that mean Christians won’t physically die? No, our bodies eventually die but our soul will return to the Lord and in the last days he will raise the dead body and restore it to immortality- provided we truly belong to Christ and live His way
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:8-14 –
If we are truly saved/ if Christ truly owns us- Sin is no longer master- Jesus is Lord and master. Yet if we choose to live in sin we will share the fate of the “sinner”- and they will not be raised for eternal life but swallowed up in eternal death and shame
Since the human soul is immortal- both believers and unbelievers souls will not be destroyed- but in the believers case they go to heavenly places but the souls of those who live for sin will be banished eternally.
Yet the Gospel is offered to all- not all will receive it but as believers in our physical lives hear/ we should devote our time on earth to reaching as many as possible with this only message of hope