2 comments on “To Those Who Fear Death

  1. What do you think of Hebrews 2:14-15? It almost seems as though the author is suggesting the fear of death is tied together with (or even is itself) the corpus of all temptation. To overcome the fear of death is to overcome all temptation, so it seems to me. I can agree with what you’re saying, for the most part, but where my contention lies is that I don’t think death is simply the last thing that happens to you. I think there is a death that is much more difficult than the stopping of the heart. This is the death associated with “sell all of your possessions”. To take seriously the words of Jesus is death, simply because they are so drastic in their demands. How can you hate your father, mother, brother, sister, and children (Lk 14:26) apart from the next statement, to carry your own cross?
    My two cents. Not entirely sure how to communicate what I intuit. Grace and peace in Christ.

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    • First off, thanks for this comment. I was hoping someone might make it.

      You mentioned Hebrews 2:14-15. In reference to death, the writer speaks of physical death without Christ that those who depended upon works were doomed to before the propitiation was made for all sins.

      }Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;{ –Hebrews 2:14

      Death is an enemy, both in the physical and spiritual, it is the end all of a sinner’s life. The writer speaks of how his children were born into sin, and that same sin was crucified with Christ on the cross. The fear of death belonged to the sinner before Christ ransomed sinners.

      We feared death because of our sins and the penalty for them. Before Christ, we feared death and thus worked to earn salvation, we who were slaves to sin became slaves to the law and to a “works based” salvation.

      The dying to self that occurs daily is less of a physical death, more of a rejection of personal desires and wishes to allow The Holy Spirit to live through you. That’s how I read it.

      And to be clear, I was only concerned with the physical death in my post. Again though, thank for the comment; I love it when I can interact with my readers.

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