(from a sermon of Bro.Julius Adewumi) In Genesis 3, the pronouncement of judgement upon Adam says: "Because dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return". That was the begining of physical death upon the human race. However God also promised salvation: "The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent". We believe Jesus Christ is that seed of the woman. He came into this world to bruise the head of satan, and to redeem mankind back to the promise given to man by God. That means, Christ has removed the curse from mankind, but how many curses did He actually remove? On the cross Jesus said "it is finished". This means our redemption is complete. What are the things that came into the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve? We know that sin,sickness, and death came into the world. If Christ has come to redeem us, He has got to redeem us from sin, from sickness, and from death -- physical death. For this Jesus said "Verily, verily I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death" (Jn.8:51). There are many verses in the bible concerning abolition of death and that God's will is not for man to die. Christ provides total salvation and full redemption.[ 2Tim 1:10, Eze 18:32 ...] He has removed sin, sickness, and death from mankind (if only mankind will come to believe it) because those were wages of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Jesus is the new Adam; He has removed all these curses from mankind, but individual has got to believe it. If you have been using your faith against sicknesses, know also now, God is revealing to us that He actually removed physical death from mankind. But you have to confront and challenge death; you have to fight it out with the devil -- resist the devil. Jesus said,"The thief cometh not but for to steal,and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (Jn. 10:10). Also He said, " I am the ressurrection and the life ...." (Jn.11:25). That means, if we that are alive can believe, He is able to keep us alive. If you keep the saying of Jesus and believe this message against death, Jesus said He has the power to keep you alive. Jesus said "I am the first and the last" (Rev.1:17,18) "I am He that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive for ever more; Amen! and have the keys of hell and of death". Because Jesus has the keys of hell and of death, He has the power to keep any man from death; He is the final authority now! Satan cannot kill anybody if Jesus does not allow it. Jesus has the power to keep you alive. Believe it! Claim it! Wrestle with the devil against all odds and Jesus will stand by you because the Father has repented of the curse that was placed upon mankind and He is on our side (Psa.118:6,7,17). He is the Almighty, and He is coming soon also.
Let's consider this again; what are the things used by the devil to kill people? Number one : Diseases. But Christ gave us power over diseases as it is written "By whose stripes ye were healed". Number two: Accidents. The book of Psalms chapter 91 is full of promises of God to protect us that trust in Him. It said in verse 10:"there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling". If you lay hold on such promises, you can overcome every accident. What else can you be afraid of? What else can the devil use to kill people? You may say "what about bullets or gun?" Jesus gave us more promises in the bible. In Isaiah chapter 54 verse 17 it says: "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper...". That includes weapons such as bullets or even bombs. You are to claim that promise. That is the level of faith Christ is bringing us to. Remember Elijah the prophet against the soldiers of Ahaziah the king of Israel. He called fire upon them! That is the faith and power Christ can manifest through us when it needs be. Christ has abolished death! It is for the end- time believers to enjoy this benefit of redemption and partake of His immortality. In Heb. 2:9,14-15 it says "Christ tasted death for every man", and that "through death He might destroy him that has the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime, subject to bondage". This Jesus in you and me has brought immortality! I want to tell you something: I just found out today; the man that lived the longest on this planet is in my ancestry. In fact, one of my ancestors is still alive, he has never died; he has been living for the past 5000 years. I want to tell you this that "IMMORTALITY RUNS IN MY FAMILY!" You may say "which family are you talking about?" I say "my family". That is why I can believe this that "Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim.1:10). This same gospel we are preaching to you is what Christ has used to reveal immortality, telling you and me that "verily,verily I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death". He also said "I am the ressurection and the life; he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" (Jn.11:25). Christ is asking you the same question: "Believeth thou this?" Do you believe He has the power to keep you alive? If you believe that Jesus is God, you should be able to believe this. (My message is to show you that it is the Father's will for man to have immortality. Just as preachers have tried over and over again to make Christians understand that it is the Father's will to heal our body. The will of the Lord is written all over the scriptures!) Jesus said "I am the ressurection and the life". That means no man can ressurect unless Jesus ressurects him, and for someone to live alive and never die, it has to be Jesus that will keep him alive! I said above that "Immortality runs in my family". God has just showed it to me today that one of my ancestors lived for about 969 years. In fact his father before him is still alive and never died. You may say "whom is he talking about?" I said one of my ancestors; of course he is also one of your ancestors if you don't know. Let's look at the bible. Enoch lived for about 365 years and God took him; he did not die; he is still alive today. He is my ancestor. His son after him, Methuselah, lived for 969 years. Even in his lineage, we see some other immortality in the line. I belong to that line; that is why I call him my ancestor. I believe that you that reads this literature also belong to that lineage. Which means we are g-r-e-a-t, g-r-e- a-t grandchildren of that man that never die. Many bible scholars always assume that only the Jews came through that lineage. No Sir! Because if you come through Noah, remember Noah was the son of these people, and Noah only was saved in the flood with his children. The whole world now are children of Noah. That is why I can believe this! I belong to the lineage of Enoch and to the lineage of Methuselah. This same God that revealed to Enoch that he can live without seeing death, and he believed God, and he walked with God, and he disappeared, and he is still alive today; this same God has revealed this to me, and this same God is Jesus! He wants me to tell you also that for you to go in the Rapture, you must believe in this power of Jesus that He has the power to keep you alive. Jesus has the power to keep you from death. That is what I'm talking about. Believe it! Claim it! Walk with Him with this same faith of Enoch! For "HIS GOING FORTH HAS BEEN FROM OF OLD, FROM EVERLASTING", SEEKING FROM AMONG THE CHILDREN OF MEN WHOM HE WILL TEACH WISDOM; WHOSE EYES ARE AS A FLAME OF FIRE, AND HIS COUNTENANCE AS THE SUN SHINETH IN ITS FULLNESS. HE ALONE HAS IMMORTALITY DWELLING IN A LIGHT UNAPPROACHABLE AND FOR OUR SAKES HAS ABOLISHED DEATH. (Micah 5:2b; Prov.8:31,35-36,Isa.33:14, Rev 1:14-16; I Tim. 6:16; 2 Tim 1:10) ... Believe in Him!