What Will Be Clear After Death

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When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Rev 6:9-11)

On this side of death, there are seasons wherein we struggle to maintain confidence in an all-present, all-powerful, all-knowing God who reigns supreme with perfect power and complete authority.

On this side of death, there are stormy days and nights that threaten to overwhelm our feeble grasps on the anchor of a God who is beyond reproach in his holiness and love.

On this side of death, there are heartbreaking moments that shake the very foundations of our faith in a God who is true and worthy of trust.

On this side of death, believers have no choice but to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7).

But on the other side of death, how different is the story!

On the other side of death, faith is unnecessary. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). On the other side of death, we will see.

On the other side of death, there is no reason to hope. “Hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (Rom 8:24). On the other side of death, we will have realized.

On the other side of death, the root of the obedience of faith will have borne the fruit of an eternal reward. “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). On the other side of death, we will believe that this crown is worth the cross we were called to bear.

Revelation 6:9 envisions “the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.” Their faith had led to their deaths. Their convictions had cost them their lives. But on the other side of death, there was no doubt in their minds. There was no wavering in their praise. Though their relationships with him had required the greatest of earthly sacrifices, their God reigns supreme with perfect power and complete authority. He is beyond reproach in his holiness and love. He is true and trustworthy.

“O Sovereign Lord, holy and true…”

On the other side of death, those characteristics of God will not be in doubt. The challenge, prior to death, is to trust what will be abundantly clear after death.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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