Full text of Bible teacher David Pawson’s teaching on Life After Death titled ‘Judgement (Part 4)’
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David Pawson – Bible Teacher
Our Heavenly Father, if our outlook was conditioned only by those things which we can see, we would not rejoice this morning. As we look out upon the world in which we live, there are many things in it to sadden our hearts, to cause us to doubt and to fear the future. But we rejoice because we do not walk by sight, but by faith. And by faith we see Jesus on the throne. We rejoice that He is King, that He must reign until all His enemies are under His feet. And the last enemy of all to be conquered we know is death. But we thank You that He has both conquered it in the garden tomb, and will conquer it in our own lives one day, so that even death must die.
We thank You for our hope for the future. We thank You that eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man to imagine what You have prepared for those who love You. And we pray this morning for minds that are wide open to the truth, willing to face the facts, ready to look at the worst and then see it in the light of the best, to look at death and see it in the light of immortality, brought to light by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead.
And as we continue to study this all-important subject, which concerns each one of us with our future, with where we are to spend eternity, we pray that You will so teach us and so illuminate our thinking that our daily lives may be different, that we may be able to see this life in true perspective, its sufferings as not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall follow, its questions and mysteries as not worthy to be compared with the moment when we shall understand as we have been understood, and no longer see through a glass darkly.
And so we come here this morning as we come week by week, not just to learn how to live but how to die as well. We come here that we may live as we ought to live in this world, that in the next we may have everlasting life. We thank You for Jesus Christ, that He has shared this life that He might make the next possible. We thank You that He has faced all that we have to face, and we thank You that He is alive and here now, and that we meet in His name and in His presence. So bless us according to His grace, we ask it for His name’s sake. Amen.
Now if there are any waiting outside in the vestibule, perhaps they could come in now.
From time to time every minister takes funeral services. It’s part of our calling to minister at times of need like this, and that brings us into contact with a group of people known as funeral directors. It’s a great joy to a minister to meet from time to time a Christian funeral director who understands what the minister is seeking to do, what the real need of the situation is, but above all who’s in a position to help people at this time of deep need and often is the first to be in the home and to be able to bring some word of comfort.
I’m most grateful to Mr Wakefield for coming along this morning, and I’m going to ask him one or two questions which we’ll share with you perhaps in his answers. Some of the insights he has gained because of all callings, his is one that faces and has to face the fact of death and come to terms with it and seek to help people to face it.
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