You cannot buy back your life or pay off God!

Posted: July 27, 2015 in God's Love Letters to you - The BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

The ancient book of Psalms, written as songs, were for the Jewish people to use as praise and in times of trouble. As God inspires all scripture, they also have a prophetic and modern usage all down through time and to our present day. Psalm 49 exhorts people not to depend on wealth. This blog’s title is actually a verse: “You cannot buy back your life or pay off God!” (Psalm 49:7) The psalmist says in verses 3-4 that he will explain a “mystery”, which are “words of wisdom.”

When a person dies, all their accumulated wealth and possessions stay behind for others to divide and inherit. Verse 6 describes a person that lives to make money, “They trust in their riches and brag about all of their wealth.” Here are sober words for us all to contemplate: “It costs far too much to buy back your life. You can never pay God enough to stay alive forever and safe from death.” (Ps. 49:8-9) There are words of celebration for believers which follow though: “But God will rescue me from the power of death.” (Ps. 49:15)

Not making a decision to follow God’s free gift of salvation through his beloved only son, Jesus Christ, is actually making a decision to continue on after death in a place without God. Saying, “No thank you” to the Almighty will follow you into eternity — long after possessions and property are long forgotten. Say “yes” to God’s free bridge to salvation today — a day when you are still alive — don’t wait until tomorrow.


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