THE BENEFIT OF DEATH

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; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Heb 2:14-15 KJV

Death, like many people would have thought, is not cessation of existence. Rather it is separation–separation from a source of life. Thus James defines a dead body as the body without the spirit (James 2:26). So when God told Adam that the day he eats the forbidden fruit he’d die, he didn’t mean cessation of existence. Rather He meant that the life from God which is the light of man would depart from him. That’s exactly what happened the day Adam sinned. So even though he was still walking on earth, he was spiritually dead.

Terrible as death may seem, there are some great benefits of death for which we are bound to bless the name of God. Greatest of all is the death of our Lord Jesus. By the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, He delivered us from the fear of death by which we were all subject to the bondage of Satan who had the power of death. The fear of death which kept men under satanic bondage is not the fear of dying. Dead men don’t fear death.

The fear of death is the fear that is characteristic of mortal men who are separated from God. There is this fear that stems out of the feeling of unrighteousness and unworthiness of God’s holy presence that makes the sinner to flee from His presence. We noticed this first with the first man that sinned. Before his sin, he enjoyed a blissful fellowship with the Most High God. But as soon as he sinned, even though God still came to fellowship with him, hear what he said:

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Gen 3:10

God has always loved us despite our sins and has always invited us for fellowship. He said in Romans 10:21: “…All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people”. But man has always fled from His presence like our forefather did.

Now God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, He commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Eph 2:4, Rom 5:8). Jesus stepped into hell (the furthest we could flee from God) and by His vicarious death, he put an end to the fear of death. Everyone that believes in Him is dead to the world, to sin and to death. Non of such can have any form of power over those who trust in Jesus. In His death was our birth.

Remember, o Christian, that you have been delivered from death by the death of Christ. You’re dead to sin. Let that remain in your consciousness and never yield your body to sin anymore. Remember that you’re dead to death. It is destroyed and Satan can ever intimidate you with it anymore. Even the second death has no power over you. Thus there’s no way you’re going to hell.

PRAYER

Thank you dear Father for delivering me from the fear of death and the power of Satan

I declare that I am delivered from death. Neither sin nor death can ever have dominion over me again

Father I receive grace to be conscious always that I am dead to sin and dead to the world. Never again shall I yield my body to sin

We rebuke the power of death manifesting through Coronavirus. We put an end to the surge in Jesus Name

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Romans 6:1-14

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