Contrasting Carnal And Spiritual Thinking Concerning Physical Death
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. A brother recently was chastised by his ungodly family members for not contributing financially to the unnecessary burial and social services concerning the death of a family member. His thought process – Luke 9:59-60
1. We understand that law requires us dealing with the physical remains of those whom die in the flesh and that gives us SOME responsibility (I Peter 2:13-16).
2. Jesus’ prospective however is that dealing with physical remains of a dead person is the work of spiritually dead people which is what is meant by “let the dead bury their dead” (cf. Luke 15:11-24; 32 and Ephesians 2:1-5).
B. There is a difference in carnal and spiritual thinking (Romans 8:5-8).
1. That difference in thinking has HUGE implications (Galatians 5:16-25).
2. The carnally minded person will not even begin to understand, though they hear it, the principles of lessons such as this (I Corinthians 2:9-3:3).
II. Body: Death Is Not A “Fun” Subject, But We’d Do Well To Spiritually Think On Death (Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 and Hebrews 9:27).
A. Our minds should be on the focus of the soul rather than physical remains (Mark 8:36-37).
1. It’s all bad for those who died unfaithful to the Lord even amongst the world’s “greats” (Psalms 49:4-12, Luke 12:13-21, and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
2. Different thinking for those whom die faithful to the Lord (Psalms 37:37 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
B. We should understand that physical remains are not people (James 2:26).
1. A person’s fleshly body does not live on (Genesis 3:17-19 and Job 34:14-15).
2. Even in the resurrection, the body of a person will not remain the same as the living shell was on earth (I Corinthians 15:35-54).
C. Concerning gravesite visits… NOBODY IS HOME (Luke 16:19-31).
1. At death the soul departs the body (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
2. The gravesite visit therefore is a visit to dirt, not a person (Ecclesiastes 3:20).
3. Furthermore, that visit (when the thought of visiting a person is present) is a statement that one believes a person is in a grave rather than the dust God says is there.
a. Works tell what we believe (Titus 1:16).
b. If I say I believe the body without the soul is dead, but do something that says otherwise, what does my faith without proper action prove (James 2:14-17)?
D. The Christian view towards our own death should be very different than a carnally minded person’s view of physical death (Philippians 1:20-24).
1. Not selfish in wanting to run from the brethren, but endeavoring to do what benefits our brethren even beyond our death (II Peter 1:12-15).
2. At the same time, ready when the time comes (II Corinthians 5:8-10 and II Timothy 4:6-8).
3. Having an, “We’ll work till…” mentality (I Corinthians 15:58 and Revelation 2:10).
4. A Christian’s view of death should be based on how God views our death (Psalms 116:15).
III. Conclusion: Concerning Death And All Other Matters, Let’s Obtain And Hold Onto The Truth With Real Spiritual Understanding (Proverbs 2:1-9).
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