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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010

Death Abolished


Our Saviour Jesus Christ “hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became a man, died on the cross. He died to remove the curses of sin, even death. How has He done this?

Well, the Bible speaks of three different deaths. The first is spiritual death - separation of the soul from God. The Bible describes every man as “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The second is physical death - the separation of the soul from the body. The third is eternal death - permanent separation from God’s mercy and love - Hell. All these are the deserved and predicted consequences of sin: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). However, the Lord Jesus has abolished these three deaths by dealing with the cause of them - sin.

He has abolished spiritual death by dying on the cross to put away sin and so bring us to God. We read in the Bible that “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for

the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). He has abolished physical death by promising those who believed in Him that He will come again to resurrect their bodies and reunite them with their souls. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

He has abolished eternal death by promising eternal life in God’s loving presence if we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Because Jesus took our punishment on Himself and died, those who believed in Christ shall not be sent to hell to suffer for their sin. All those who believe in Jesus shall be brought into God’s presence, which is heaven. Jesus said to the dying thief who repented, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

Christ has brought life - spiritual, physical and eternal - and immortality to light through the Gospel. If you would believe in Jesus Christ, all your fears of death, which is the result of your own sins, will disappear.

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