Life and Death

Main Reference: John 8

Every person is in a war for life or death. All work and eat to live, but the unwanted suffering and death draw near.

An ancient prince of India named Siddhartha left his life of luxury in search for the universal creator to know the reason for the four phases in life (birth, aging, sickness, and death). However he did not meet the creator but heard his voice and the resulting teaching was the Buddhist scripture. During the Goryeo Dynasty the Tripitaka Koreana (팔만대장경) was published1, and to this day there is no one who completely understands the Tripitaka Koreana.

Lee Byung Chul, the founder of the Samsung Group, asked a Catholic priest by the name of Mr. Park 24 questions regarding the four phases in life (birth, aging, sickness, and death). Another Catholic priest by the name of Mr. Cha provided answers to those questions in 24 years later, but those answers were revealed to be false. God made known to Siddhartha about 2,500 years ago that the solution to the suffering from the four phases in life is the “Holy One.” About 500 years later Jesus came to this earth as the one sent by God. In regards to life and death, Jesus replied in John 6 that the one who eats his flesh and blood will have eternal life. The Jews seized Jesus and crucified him on the cross, but he resurrected in three days. After this, Jesus revealed to Apostle Paul, his chosen vessel to the gentiles, in 1 Cor 15 that death came through one man (Adam) but life came through one man (Jesus). Adam died and returned to dust, but Jesus died and rose again to life and ascended to heaven (Gn 3:17-19, Lk 24:46, 1 Cor 15:4, Acts 1:9-11).

We who live a life of faith believe that the words in the Bible are the words of God (Jn 10:35). Elijah and Moses, whose dead bodies could not be found on earth, appeared with Jesus at the Mountain of Transfiguration during the First Coming (Mt 17:1-8). If Adam (Gn 3) and the sons of God (Gn 6) did not eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil and sinned, would they have returned to dust? Why is it that these three individuals did not have their bodies on earth but were the only ones to appear at the Mountain of Transfiguration? Jesus took three of his disciples to the high mountains and showed in advance the form he will be in when he returns. Their forms were not only flesh nor only a spiritual body, but a form where the flesh and the spiritual body have transformed into one.

Paul said that we will change in a twinkling of an eye at the last (7th) trumpet. The flesh that have already perished do not rise again, but their spirits transform into a divine spirit living in heaven, while we who have bodies will transform so that what is perishable becomes imperishable, and what is mortal into immortality. Then the saying that is written will come true: death has been swallowed up by victory (1 Cor 15:51-54).

The same content is found in John 11:25-26. Jesus replied, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” And to the disciples he asked, “Do you believe this?” The disciples replied, “Yes, Lord, we believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” Also, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:43-44). This took place so that people may believe in Jesus’ words.

Also in John 8, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my words, he will never see death.” Upon hearing this, the Jews exclaimed, “Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus said, “The Father is in me and I in him.” He meant that because God is eternal, Jesus whom God is with is also eternal. The words that Jesus spoke and the words Apostle Paul testified are the same content about life.

It is written in Revelation 20 that the souls that have been beheaded while testifying to the word of the Lord and those who are alive participate in the first resurrection with Christ. Like Apostle Paul’s testimony in 1 Corinthians 15, the spirits of those whose flesh have died transform into divine spirits, while our flesh also transforms so that what is perishable becomes imperishable. This is the same as the first resurrection that the souls of the martyrs and those who are alive in the flesh participate.

Apostle Paul who had a very particular character said that if there is no resurrection, “we are of all people most to be pitied.” Like Jesus Christ, the firstfruit of resurrection, those who belong to him during his second coming will also resurrect (1 Cor 15:19-24).

After Adam’s transgression, countless people have died. Many men of abilities came and went, and sacrifices for atonement of sins have been offered. Why did God give “Jesus” as the answer to Siddhartha’s question? It is because Jesus bore the cross and shed his blood for the atonement of our sins. Because the wages of sin is death, Jesus paid the price of our sins through the cross. Then death should have ceased to exist on this earth. But why has death been on this earth the past 2,000 years?
When can people eat Jesus’ flesh and blood that he spoke about in John 6? He said in Luke 22 regarding the new covenant established in blood that he “will not drink again of the fruit of the vine (Jesus), until the kingdom of God comes.” Therefore, people can eat Jesus’ flesh and blood at the time Revelation fulfills (refer to Rv 5:9-10, Rv 7:14, Rv 12).

Apostle Paul called the last (7th) trumpet a mystery and said that what is perishable will be imperishable and what is mortal will be immortal. Six of the seven trumpets are blown starting from Revelation 8 (Rv 8, 9), and the last, 7th trumpet begins to blow in Rv 11:15. Through this trumpet, the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of God, making known the victory of God, salvation, and restoration. So Apostle Paul, too, spoke of this last, 7th trumpet in Revelation and the mystery of salvation.

Therefore, the blood that Jesus shed 2,000 years ago takes into effect at the time of Revelation. The “kingdom” of God from his previous statement, “I will not drink until that day when I drink anew in my Father’s kingdom,” is the kingdom of priest purchased by his (Jesus) blood in Revelation 5. The great multitudes dressed in white in Revelation 7 are the people who washed their robes with Jesus’ blood. These are the events that take place at the time of Revelation and the events that take place through the blood.

Death came through Adam’s transgression and life comes with Jesus’ blood. As stated above, the answer to the suffering of the four phases in life that Siddhartha spoke about is Jesus and Jesus’ blood.

At the time Jesus’ blood takes into effect, the path to eternal life and the answer to the question of eternal life for the congregation members who believe in the Lord is knowing the promised blessings and the promised pastor in Revelation 2-3. Amen!

1) The Buddhist scripture contains the teachings of Siddhartha. The complete collection of the Buddhist sutras, Laws and Treatises, history of Buddhism, and other sacred writing by Siddhartha and his disciples were carved on about 80,000 woodblocks during the Goryeo Dynasty. These are called the Tripitaka Koreana.