Did you know real and lasting peace begins in The Heart and exists forever?
What does the term “rest in peace” or “R.I.P.” actually mean in light of eternity?
Romans 8:35-39 (KJB) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You can find many verses in the God’s Word to substantiate that yes! there will be peace with God in the eternal realm that nothing, not even death, can come between.
However, this eternal peace is present only when certain spiritual parameters are met on earth prior to one’s physical death.
People often profess this, or the shortened version R.I.P., to respectfully and dutifully acknowledge another’s death. This phrase is meant in kind bringing words of comfort to anyone facing death, whether it be the death of a loved one, an acquaintance, or close friend. Perhaps its widespread use brings a false sense of security about physical death and future existence in the eternal realm.
Have you ever stopped to think perhaps this phrase is often misused? Does it paint an acknowledgement of death with a swath of a wide brush? The word peace used in conjunction with death certainly conjures up a pleasant mental picture of passing from physical life unto death and reasons or presumes all souls are resting at ease in the eternal realm.
Many know about God’s love for mankind, and that He desires they live, and some can recite this verse word for word:
John 3:16-17 (KJB) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The phrase “rest in peace…” spoken or written to loved ones tends to paint palatable and peaceful circumstances about a person’s death. Does this commonly used phrase respectively speak about the eternal state of all who die?
Hebrews 9:27 (KJB) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJB) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
These verses both plainly tell us about death. That it is inevitable and so is God’s judgement.
Please understand peaceful and blessed circumstances are possible and do exist upon physical death. So a statement professed about a person resting in peace may very well be true. However, the Bible promises a peaceful state upon death for the child of God but not every person who dies is a child of God. Some people are a child of the devil and there is a big difference, especially when it comes to his or her personal judgment, or eternal rewards ceremony, and the location of their permanent address in the eternal realm.
I love you enough to desire that you know and understand in your heart precisely what God’s Word has to say on the subject of death and eternity (Ephesians 4:15).
Death is not always presented as palatable and peaceful in God’s Word, but rather can be a time for some souls of perpetual sorrow and suffering.
What is the difference between suffering upon physical death and being planted amid peaceful circumstances? It all begins in the heart of man. Mankind’s heart has either been quickened spiritually alive with God and given a permanent address sharing the glory of God forever. Or mankind’s heart is spiritually dead and aligned with the god of this world and set to reside in Hell and to simmer and seethe in the flames forever. This second eternal state certainly will not be peaceful, pleasant, or palatable but rather provoking unimaginable agony forevermore.
You can count on an eternal state of resting in peace forever for anyone whose heart is found to have the presence of God being sealed in a personal relationship with Him forever.
A perpetual state of unrest is definite for any person who has chosen to exist in this world who intellectually knows about God but has ignored and dismissed all spiritual truths of God preventing them from taking hold inside their naturally dead heart. Those who exist as spiritually dead never allow God’s presence to rein and rule inside their heart, therefore, they are destined to spend eternity in the fires of Hell forever.
Yes! Rest in peace is divinely possible for whosoever is destined in their heart to live in spiritual fellowship with God for all eternity.
Resting in peace is a matter of the heart, not just a state of mind which freely acknowledges God does exist. Your state in eternity will not depend upon your good deeds or wishful thinking about eternal matters. The truth is, without possessing a personal and eternal relationship with Him, man will certainly spend eternity without God in the fires of Hell.