2 Timothy 4:16-18 – Life and Death

Jesus died.  Death is destroyed.  Satan, the one who holds the power of death, is destroyed.  Death and sin no longer have mastery.  Death cannot separate us from the love of God.  This is why the gospel, when it is properly understood, floods a man with such delight and boldness in the face of death.  This is why Paul almost sings: “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”

The death of death in the death of Christ means victory for those who believe in Him.  Jesus has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  Eternal life and immortality come to all those who believe that Jesus died and rose again to save sinners.  This is the most basic promise of the gospel.  We hear this promise over and over again throughout the New Testament.  It’s an old truth with fresh meaning.  Christian, listen to these promises and stand in them.  My friend if you are not yet a believer in Jesus Christ, listen to these promises and received them by faith today.

Christian, the death of Jesus means your victory over death.  Stand firm in this victory.  Let nothing move you or scare you.  When you think of yourself or your loved ones and death comes to mind, sing with Paul, “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  Rejoice for your last enemy has been defeated.  Through faith in the resurrected Lord, you will live forever in His love.

My friend, if you are not yet a Christian, believe on Jesus.  Believe his word which promises victory over death and eternal life.  Believe He was crucified.  Believe He died in your place to suffer your agony and curse.  Believe He rose again three days later victorious over death and Satan.  Believe that He is coming again to bring His people into heaven with Him.  Believe He loves you and the Father loves you and nothing shall separate you from their love.  Believe on Jesus and you will be saved from sin and death, Satan and suffering, to live a new life of righteousness and hope through faith in the Son of God.  Repent from sin and believe, and you will be saved.

Thabiti Anyabwile

Read 2 Timothy 4:16-18.

How do you think about life and death? Is that perspective informed by Scripture? How can you apply the truths of Scripture by faith to your perspective?

My Jesus, I Love Thee by William Featherston


Posted on: July 1, 2016 - 7:31AM

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