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For such a modest little word, "all" plays a significant role in Scripture, appearing nearly 6,000 times to amplify noble truths, commands, and promises! In his uplifting 365-day devotional, Morgan continually reminds you of God's purposes, power, and compassion. Prepare to gain deeper knowledge of your Creator and Savior! Originally titled My All in All. 400 pages, hardcover from B&H, Copyright 2012.
October 7th - Day 281
He is not God of the dead but of the living,
because all are living to Him. - Luke 20:38
What if someone asked you to prove from the Old Testament that we are immortal souls with eternal life in Christ, that there is life after death? That's the challenge the Sadducees flung into the face of Christ in Luke 20. It was the final week of our Lord's earthly life, and Jesus was fielding questions in the temple. The Sadducees, who didn't believe in the resurrection, pressed Him with a hypothetical story of a woman who had been repeatedly widowed and remarried: "In the resurrection, whose wife will the woman be?"
Jesus answered their question, then He flew straight to the Old Testament to show how the Sadducees were mistaken in their presuppositions. The passage He quoted was from Exodus 3, when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and said, "I am the God of Abraham and . . . of Isaac and . . . of Jacob."
That was it. That was our Lord's whole argument and, on this occasion, the entirety of His scriptural proof for eternal life. He rested His case on the tense of the verb. God didn't say, "I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," but "I am their Godóright now, even though they've not walked this earth for hundreds of years. They're still alive, and I am presently and actively their God."
Think of your loved ones in heaven. Think of yourself five minutes after your death.
God is not a God of the dead, but of the livingófor all who are in Christ are alive and enjoying His presence (v. 38).