2001-01-30 - Death
Part 18 - What Actually Happened? The Moment I Trusted Christ
Hebrews 2:14, 15 Since then the children share in flesh
and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death
He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil;
and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery
all their lives.
We come to the 18th thing which occurs the moment we trust in Christ for
I became free from fear of death (Romans 8:2).
In Houston, Texas A 19-year-old Houston boy gambled and lost big time when
he decided to play Russian roulette with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
The young man, was visiting friends when he announced his intention to play
the deadly game. He apparently did not realize that a semiautomatic, unlike
a revolver, automatically inserts a cartridge into the firing chamber when
the gun is cocked. He apparently lost the game, and his life, all in one
Being free from the fear of death does not give us licensee to be reckless,
but it can be freeing to know that, in Christ, death has lost the power it
once had on us. It is just as true for us as it was for Paul in Philippians
1:23, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
The death that we need not fear is not the physical death mentioned in Genesis
25:11. Rather, the death that we have victory over, and need not fear, is
spiritual death. Ephesians 2:1 represents our condition outside of Christ,
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins." The result of forgiveness
of Christ is, "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because
we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death." 1 John 3:14
Spiritual death is also called the second death in Revelation 20:6, "Blessed
and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these
the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ
and will reign with Him for a thousand years." See also Revelation 20:14.
In conclusion, we need not fear death because spiritual death, or the second
death, no longer is in our future if we are trusting in the sacrifice of
Christ for our forgiveness from sin.
That is our legacy in Christ. We no longer need to fear death. It is as if
we can live our lives on the edge all the time. We can go all out for Christ
in all that we do because there is no need for us to fear anything. Death
has no power over us. "But when this perishable will have
put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then
will come about the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is you sting?'" 1 Corinthians
"The fear of death is ingrafted in the common nature of all men, but faith
works it our of Christians." Vavasor Powell
"Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death. Why shouldst thou be afraid
to die, who hopest to live by dying!" William Gurnall
Soli Deo Gloria,
Paul also admitted in 1 Corinthians 15:31, "I die daily."