One of the popular sayings of the world is “The good die young.”
The good die young.
Such a well-formed (and popular) thought, but does God’s Word have anything to say on the matter?
While the Bible has something to say about thought’s component parts, it does NOT have anything to say EXACTLY on the matter.
What are the component parts on which God’s Word does comment?
Two main comments on the phrase “The good die young.”
FIRST, the Bible does say that there are NONE good.
“They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”
“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.”
“Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
The general condition of man is that he is not good.
IF a man enters the kingdom of heaven, he may obtain righteousness through the Holy Spirit of God, which dwells within his sinful body (which God formed from the dust of the earth).
Which leads to the second comment.
The SECOND COMMENT on the matter is from the Book of Isaiah.
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
These who God take away MAY be young.
God’s Word is silent on the matter of their age.
However, this last verse from Isaiah has implications for the end times–as explained by Bishop Joseph Hall.
While sensual men do thus please themselves, God takes away his godly and righteous servants from amongst them; and they have not the grace or wit to consider, that this is a presage of great judgment, which shall fall on the heads of those wicked ones that are left behind.
—Hall’s Explication of Hard Texts
The good die young.
So do they?
Do the good die young?
According to the world, the answer is yes.
According to the Bible, the answer is not so clear.
Which will NOT in the least stop the world from repeating those words as if they were the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 17-19 , 2020.]
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