Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

Judges 15:12-13 (KJV)
And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

Hebrews chapter 9 verse 27 says, “And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Even a man with the strength and ingenuity of Samson, a man who knew that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, feared death.

  • He was strong but he was not immortal
  • He wade reckless but he was not immortal
  • He was a ruler of his people but he was not immortal
  • He was able to defeat the enemy over and over but he was not immortal

In the end he met the fate of all men.

The Psalmist taught us to measure our days, to remember that we are but dust and that our life on this earth comes all too quickly to an end. Samson seems to have forgotten that.

When it is all said and done, it is not what happens in this life, but what awaits us in the next that is most important.

 

 

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Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

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All Are Judged

2 Timothy 4:1 KJV

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

 

Paul charged Timothy to his duty by using a Biblical truth; that both the quick and the dead, the saved and the lost, will be judged by the Lord at His coming.

 

A great deal of damage has been done in the Christian faith by the idea that, once we get saved, we are no longer accountable. I am absolutely convinced that the work of Christ on the Cross has entirely and completely saved us to the uttermost. The saved are saved:

  • securely
  • eternally and
  • irrevocably

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. This, however, does not mean that we have been set free to wander about our life without restraint or expectations.

 

Certainly the judgments of the two are different in

  • their focus (Christian judgment is regarding our works and not our sins)
  • their scope (Christian judgment is regarding position in heaven and not whether we go to heaven or hell)
  • their consequence (Christian judgment is regarding rewards and not punishment)

but the fact still remains that the saved are judged. The fact also remains that this judgment is of a serious enough nature that it serves as a motivator to those who comprehend it.

 

To assume that saved means saved with no respect, regard or consequence for

  • obedience or disobedience
  • believing or disbelieving
  • following or not following

the lessons of the Word of God is to place ourselves in a position to miss the greatest lessons for life the Bible offers.

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Judgment

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The Power of Knowing Our Master

Colossians 4:1 KJV

Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

 

Knowledge is a powerful thing.

  • It is in knowing Christ that we are saved.
  • It is the knowledge of truth that we have confidence in our faith.
  • It is through the knowledge of the Word of God that we are perfected and matured.

 

It is in the knowledge of our Master in heaven that we learn to treat others justly.[1]

[1] I spent this time with the Lord about 6:30 AM on a jet bound for San Francisco, where I am speaking at a H.O.P.E. Addictions Ministry Conference.

 

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Treat others justly

Pressing Forward to the End

Philippians 3:13-14 KJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

What a unique outlook is the apostle’s considering that he was in prison facing near certain execution. Under such circumstances a person might have spent his time looking back. Indeed, in Paul’s second letter to he does glance back to recall;

2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV

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:[1]

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 also that love his appearing.

Paul did not view the end of his life on earth as the end of anything. Nor did he, in the shadow of his own gallows as it were, give up. He continued

  • to press forward
  • to think ahead
  • to set a mark and reach for it.

 

Hope in Christ changes how we view the final times of life. It makes every moment of breath matter. There is no time when we view life as invaluable and meaningless because the last moment on earth is one that may still be used toward the eternal moments of heaven. We live in a state of constant progression rather than reaching a point where we begin to decline because we know that, for the believer, there is no end; only a new beginning.

[1] But even in this there is a forward-looking turn as the apostle announces and for the sake of other promises.

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Eternal Rewards