This sermon will help you to understand that life is a dream.
The scripture clearly helps us to understand that, this world we are living in – the heaven and earth i.e. the sky and ground – and all that is in them will one day perish.
But the heavens and earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:7)
Lift your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; (Isaiah 51:6)
And; ‘you LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. (Hebrews 1:10-12)
“Heaven and earth will pass away…(Mathew 24:35)
And even our very lives here on earth is for a short while because, we will inevitably die one day.
Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)
Because “all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away. (1 Peter 1:24)
Moreover, those who are in love with the world are enemies with God:
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
And the preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem; after experiencing all the wealth and pleasures of this life left it with this comment:
“Vanity of vanities,” says the preacher; “vanity of vanities, all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
So, because of the facts above, the scripture advices us:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it. (1 John 2:15-17)
Now, the problem most people have in life is that; they believe that once they die everything comes to an end; that they will have no more consciousness of what goes on again on earth.
But these kinds are foolish because, they are blind to the fact that man is made up of two parts:
- The dust of the ground – flesh.
- The breath of life – Spirit of God. As it is written.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7).
And at the point of death, they both must depart from each other.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the Spirit will return to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
And it is through the Spirit that returns to God that every man will be judged according to what they did – good or bad – while they lived in the flesh.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, , according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Finally, the scripture help us to understand that, the knowledge of God and His creational purposes can be perceived in all that He has made:
Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)
Therefore, the knowledge about what happens after we die can be perceived through our dreams. For instance, you have a dream where you win a very big lottery, and the money is being given to you with escorts to help you safely deposit it in a bank.
But on your way to the bank; with the money in a Ghana must go bag safely sitting on your laps, the alarm clock brings you back to reality; and you sit up on your bed thinking and wishing that the dream was a reality, or there could be a way of dragging the money from that dreamland into this world.
Beloved, as we all know there is no way of bringing whatever you see in the dream into reality; that is the same way it happens when you die and wake up in the world of the dead.
All that you acquired and achieved while alive: your certificates, awards, houses, cars, family etc. they all become useless because, you will never be able to take any of them out of this temporary world into that everlasting world.
For this reason, Paul wrote to his god-son Timothy:
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (1 Timothy 6:7).
And the nursery rhyme goes:
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.
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