These are the days when fear mounts all around us. However, these are the days when believers need not fear. We need fear neither man nor death. Man holds only the power that God gives him.
Death has been conquered once and for all by The Lord of Life and Death. Those who belong to Him will never see death because they have been united as one spirit with Him.
In Matthew 10:28 (below), we are instructed not to fear man who can kill the body. In this verse, Christ differentiates between man who can kill the body –and- He Who can destroy both the body and the soul. In all his given power, man can kill only the body.
When Christ refers to the “body,” He implies that the body is a passing vapor, created for the glory of God, lives an appointed number of days, and can be raised back to life by Him, if necessary. As if to say, “What glory is the body without God? Each body will surely see death. Glorify God in life and in death.” Matthew 10:28 gracefully and effectively takes the weight out of the physical body and deposits it wholeheartedly in the spirit man.
As the eschatological clock ticks in our hearts and our day of redemption approaches, let’s keep in mind that whatever each of us may face according to His will and purposes, we need not fear man or death. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on our Beloved Christ for truly it is the spirit man who is the real man. The man in Christ who lives forever.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.
Luke 21:31, 34
31 Even so, when you see these things taking place, understand and know that the kingdom of God is at hand.
34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].
1 Corinthians 6:17
But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:20
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
1 Corinthians 15:55
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
2 Corinthians 5:8
[Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord.
Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.
1 Peter 3:14
But even in case you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed (happy, to be envied). Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed [by their opposition].
Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].
Be loyally faithful unto death [even if you must die for it], and I will give you the crown of life.
Since a man’s days are already determined, and the number of his months is wholly in Your control, and he cannot pass the bounds of his allotted time—
By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?
In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones).
Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.