Hope and the destiny of man

And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27 (New Living Translation)

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Hebrews 9:27 English Standard Version

Life is beautiful; life is short; life is unpredictable, uncertain. Most of all, life is how well you prepare today for your eternity.


In our text today, the writer of the book of Hebrews has categorically stated that man is destined / appointed to die once and after that to face judgment. The New Living Translation Bible used the word “destined” while the English Standard Version used the word “appointed”. It means that each one has an ordained time to live, like a boundary or a fix point. A fix point is immovable, something that cannot be moved; so, once you reached that boundary there is nothing more you can do about it.

“Appointment” is a meeting arranged ahead of time. You cannot cancel the appointment. You can only live that long and then that meeting will took place between you and your Maker. You can try everything to delay that appointment but you cannot escape that meeting. Sounds depressing, right? Well, it should not because that’s the truth. And the truth will set us free, I suppose. Besides, the statistical probability is that 10 billion out of 10 billion will die – so what the big deal?

Death is not the end but a separation. In Job 7:9-10, Job laments that when he dies he cannot go back to his house and his family. The truth is, death is a separation from this world, from the people we care the most. When we die, our body decomposes but our spirit – that eternal part of man –  will return to God and live. We were made from the dust of the earth and so shall our bodies return to it (Genesis 3:19). Before Adam and Eve partake of the fruit, both were meant to be immortals. But after the Fall, their bodies underwent genetic transformations. Their blood cells, muscles, enzymes, and bodily tissues started to degenerate at the cellular level. They are now subject to old age and decay, the birth pains of the woman has been increased, they are now sweating as the temperature outside the Garden is different. Now they are to cultivate the soil and make it productive for them to have food. This is the first case of genetic re-setting. Other cases of re-setting the human genes can also be found in Genesis 6 before the Flood when some of the Fallen Angels co-habited with the human females and produce a hybrid offspring; and the case of Noah and his sons after the Flood when a genetic re-setting is required to accommodate changes in the “dietary” configuration as God has allowed them now to eat meat as well.

That is why we must prepare while we are still alive. In 2Corinthians 5:10, the Apostle Paul writes that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in this body – whether good or bad”. We will be held accountable one day of what we have done while in this world.

The good news is that, today, there is still time for us to prepare, a time to make a conscious decision to change. Today is a day of hope, today is the day of salvation.


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