God of the Living

 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22:31-32 ESV)

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

That line right there gives me goosebumps. It makes me giddy inside. Is it the same for you? Jesus said the above verse when he was confronted by the Sadducees about the resurrection. See the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection. They also only read the first five books of the Old Testament. Jesus answered their questions and said “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

The reason why he said that was because the Sadducees still believed that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The thing is though, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were dead for a few centuries at the time of the conversation. If the Sadduceees really did believe God, they must believe that God is still their (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) God.

Jesus is saying that the three “forefathers” if you will, might have died physically but are alive in Heaven with God. God is still their God and God is not the God of the dead.

Here’s where it gets good. God gives life to dry bones. He breathed the breath of life in Adam. He is the life giver. There is no way that God could be the God of anything dead. We were all dry bones. We were all dead. We might physically be alive, but we were spiritually dead. But as soon as we gave our heart to God, as soon as we give our life to God, we become truly alive. You can not serve God and be dead.

You might not be a Christian but you do good works. You might be a good person. But all you are doing is putting perfume on a corpse. You are still spiritually dead. You might say you are a Christian, you might go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, but you might not truly be a follower of Christ.  But God wants to give you life. If you are not sure you are truly alive seek God. Go to the cross. Where you are made new. Give God your life and become alive.

But with your new life, do not be fooled. It won’t be a walk in the park. It will come with challenges. When you become alive in Christ and a servant of God, you enter a war between Heaven and Hell. But the Lord will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Nothing will ever be too big for our God.

Remember, God is not the God of the dead, but he is the God of the living.

God bless

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