Alive For Evermore
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – (Rev.1:18).
This verse speaks of Christ’s sacrificial death for our sins on the cross and His resurrection three days later. This phrase attests to the fact that we worship a risen, living Christ. He is alive forevermore. He died once for sin and he will not die again. He is the eternal one who conquered death and has the keys of hell and of death. The force of the keys is the symbol of undisputed authority. His keys denote complete mastery over the bodies and souls of all. Christ has the right to open and shut – He has the absolute authority over death and hell. Easter Sunday cannot be separated from the cross three days earlier. First Christ must die and shed His precious blood on the tree as the perfect, supreme sacrifice and atonement for sin and be our Savior and save us from sin. He must show that He has conquered death and “Who only hath immortality” – (2 Tim.6:16). And because he has conquered death and lives eternally, we who are saved by Him have also conquered death and have eternal life – one day we also will be alive for evermore.
Fear not O’ born again Christian, do not fear to die and meet your Savior. Jesus has removed the stinger from death. Death has no sting for a true Christian, for our Lord has promised to go with us through the valley of the shadow of death and therefore we should fear no evil. We will resurrect from death with an incorruptible, immortal body unto eternal life. Death is swallowed up in victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. “For this corruptible must put on incorruptible, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying this is written. Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:53-57). Do you have eternal life through Christ? Will you live for evermore? Do you have victory over your death through the Lord Jesus Christ? Be saved and born again - only then can you truly know what Easter is all about.
First we repent of our sins and by faith believe in Christ in our heart and receive remission and forgiveness of sins. By faith in the precious blood of Christ our sins are washed away and we are saved and become a new creature in Christ – born again. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ – (2 Cor.5:17). Spiritually we have died with Christ on the cross and passed away and resurrected unto newness of life. “We know that we have passed from death unto life…” – (I Jn.3:14). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” – (Jn.5:24). The hearing ear and the believing heart are the qualifications for obtaining eternal life and being saved form hell. Only Christ has the keys of hell and death. He’s the key man.
Each one who is born again in Christ has immediately obtained everlasting life. He has experienced his own personal Easter – salvation on the cross of Christ and newness of life. The Holy Spirit in us is the earnest (down payment) and assures us of a new resurrected body. “That mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the spirit” – (2 Cor.5:4,5). Being born again of the Spirit assures us of eternal life – we shall be alive forever more. PTL Jesus.
The gospel that we preach is a gospel of life over death. Jesus Christ died on the cross at Passover as God’s Passover Lamb. All who are saved by His precious blood have life instead of death, everlasting life. God will ‘pass over’ us and we shall not partake of the second death in the lake of fire – (Rev.2:11). “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” – (Jn.3:15). “For the wages of sin is death (that’s the cross of Christ) but the gift of God is eternal life (that’s the resurrection) and it’s all through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Eternal life is a great gift from God to all who receive His Son as their Savior. O’, don’t just have ham for dinner on Sunday, or lamb for the Passover meal, believe on the shed blood of God’s Passover Lamb on the cross and receive the most fabulous gift of eternal life. God’s gospel of eternal life is for all people on earth, both Jew and Gentile. All who have faith in Abraham’s seed, the Lord Jesus Christ, are true children of Abraham. “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. There is neither Jew nor Greeks, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” – (Gal.3:7,26,28,29).
We see this when God changed Abram’s name to
Abraham and said – “Neither shall thy
name any more be called Abram, but
thy name shall be Abraham: for a
father of many nations have I made
thee” – (Gen.17:5). A father of not just the nation of Israel but of the
nations of the Gentiles as well – through his seed the Lord Jesus Christ – the
Son of God. My heart is filled with compassion for the Jews during this Easter
Don’t have an Easter bunny Easter and follow after this Satanic deceit that takes your mind off of God’s Easter and eternal life. Our nation is filled with Easter bunny churches that compromise with the world and lose their light. Our cemeteries are more and more being filled with Easter bunnies, especially on Easter as our nation falls into more and more sin and satanic darkness. It’s the Lamb that is the symbol of Easter - not a bunny and the Lamb’s name is the Lord Jesus Christ and He offers you the only way to conquer your death and have eternal life. You must have remission and forgiveness in Him in order to have victory over death, which is God’s righteous judgment for breaking His laws. Be saved and throw the Easter bunny and Santa out of your house and worship Christ. If your church has an Easter egg hunt, get out of that church. To God, the Easter bunny is not funny. Follow after truth not fables.
Jesus Christ is the most important key man in the universe. He alone has the keys that can save you from hell. He alone has the power and authority to open and close the door of hell.
Be like Peter when he said – “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” – (Jn.6:68). Jesus Christ alone has the words of eternal life. His preaching shows us the way to eternal life and He proved it when He rose from the dead that first Easter.
He proved to be God when His blood He shed
He proved to be God when He rose from the dead
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He has the power to raise the dead and give eternal life to all that repent of sin and believe on Him and get saved and born again. “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” – (Jn.17:2,3). Both Jews and Gentiles, whosoever will, can have eternal life through Christ. “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” – (Acts.13:48). Seek eternal life in Christ. Conquer your death, both the death of your body, and the second death in the lake of fire. Don’t reject the amazing grace in God’s beloved Son on the cross. “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.5:21). Repent of your sins, turn away from your wicked ways and turn by faith to Christ for remission of sins.
You can be alive forever more -
Be saved today!
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
Would love to hear from you!