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Graduation Day: Dying to Live

God says in His Love Letter to us:

“You know that if the earthly tent which was our [To make it personal, substitute the pronouns with your name. I’ll use the name “George.&#148] house is torn down, George has a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For indeed in this house George groaned, longing to be clothed with his dwelling from heaven;

For indeed while George was in this tent, he groaned, being burdened, because he did not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”

II Corinthians 5:1-2,4

God separates George’s “earthly tent” (or earthsuit) from the real George—George, the personality and spirit—who formerly indwelled it. Does God say George’s earthsuit “groaned” or that “George groaned” inside his body? It’s the latter. The true George is the saint who indwelled that old earthsuit that wore out like an old car.

Sometimes earthsuits, like cars, may look fine on the outside, but have vital parts that go awry. The earthsuit is somewhat similar to the booster rocket on the shuttle. When it’s completed its work, it falls to the earth while the payload soars on to the target it was aimed for. The payload is the real George, the true George, the spirit-soul person who formerly indwelled the earthsuit. God uses physical death to peel away the physical husk enabling the inner spirit-critter to enjoy heaven to its fullest. I believe George now moves with the speed of thought, that he’s no longer limited by time and space.

You and I do not fear death. We know what awaits us. We know that we have a glorious future, a glorious eternity. The thing that may bother us is the dying part, the event or perhaps the long, sometimes painful process by which we enter into God’s presence. Being left behind as a loved one dies doubtless looks difficult or even frightening as is the case with any dramatically new experience. Being left behind is very unsettling. But He promises you that He will take good care of you. In fact, it is He who has been taking good care of you for all these years, even through George. He is faithful. He will come through on His promises to you and yours.

C.S. Lovett said that physical death is the saint’s “graduation day&#148. Just as you and I experienced numerous emotions as we marched into the auditorium to graduate from school, we’re now marching toward the halls of glory. Paul said to us, “To be absent from the [earthsuit] is to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8). Jesus is beckoning; He and “George” are both saying, “You’ll never believe how great this is! This is really living for the very first time!” Jesus is saying, “You’ve got it made. You’re going to cross that stage to get your diploma, even if I have to carry you across, but you will graduate (Philippians 1:6). Trust Me. And when you have your diploma in hand, George and I are going to begin explaining the glorious, active, eternity I have planned for you both” (Jeremiah 29:11, LB). On that day more than ever, we’ll be dying to live.

About the Author

Bill founded Lifetime Guarantee Ministries to encourage people to experience the reality of Christ as life. His transparent, humorous, down-to-earth style and sense of humor made him one of the most effective teachers of his time. He communicated with great clarity the full extent of what God accomplished in Christ and what that means for the Christian identity. Although Bill passed away in June 2011, his messages are timeless and will continue to impact generations to come.