Why Do You Fear Death?

Posted: December 28, 2022 in Evagelism, Gospel, Salvation

Most people fear death because they aren’t sure what might happen to them after they die. Is this your concern? If it is, please keep reading. Otherwise, give this to someone who might be interested or near death.

Some people believe that all of us will be annihilated when we die. Others believe in “reincarnation” and hope they will have another chance to “get it right” so they eventually can get to “Nirvana.”

Going to “Purgatory” first, before one can enter heaven, is taught in some churches because they don’t believe that Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient to cover all their sins. What do you believe?

Is it possible for us to know for sure that we will go to heaven immediately when we die? Yes, if we believe that Jesus and the Bible are truthful / trustworthy sources of information (John 14:6; 17:17).

The Bad News

We’ve all sinned / acted lawlessly. God’s Word tells us that “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (See Romans 3:10-12, 23).

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting defiantly toward God Who has placed helpful restraints on us. It entails the attitude, “I’ll do whatever I want to do.”

We all deserve to die spiritually and physically. Death means separation, not annihilation. When Eve and then Adam ate the forbidden fruit they were immediately separated spiritually from intimate fellowship with God, and they began to die physically (Genesis 2:16, 17; 5:5). This is when sin and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12). And “…the wages [i.e., payment] of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a).

Therefore “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Death is a “general rule.” (Note some exceptions: Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1, 11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)

The Gospel (Good News)

Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4a). Why? To pay the debt that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23a). “He was buried…” Why? To prove that He really died and didn’t just swoon / faint.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by [God] the [Holy] Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).

Christ rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4b-6; Luke 24:36-43). “… He was seen by [Peter], then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present [as the Apostle Paul was writing this], but some have fallen asleep [i.e., died physically].”

The Solution To Our Problem

What must we do to be saved from hell and enter heaven?

(Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 14:1-3)

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone, Who died for ours sins…and rose again bodily], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

“For God [the Father] so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [the Lord Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life.” “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16, 18). Are you currently an unbeliever or a believer?

Our salvation is not by works. “For by grace [unmerited favor] you [are] saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”(Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Time To Decide

My Friend, If you want to be saved from hell to heaven, but haven’t transferred your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone, let me encourage you to do so NOW! We have no guarantee that we will be alive at the end of today (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

True believers can have assurance of their salvation as they rest their faith in Christ and the trustworthiness of God’s Word (John 17:17).

“[God] the [Holy] Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that [believers] are children of God,” and no longer the children of the devil (Romans 8:16; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” [as a present possession] (1 John 5:13).

Christians, who are abiding [feeling at ease] in Christ (John 15:1-8), and who have their known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9), don’t need to fear death. Death is only a shadow that can’t hurt us (Psalm 23:4). And “…to be absent from the body [means being] present with the Lord [which is far better]” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).

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Once we’ve been saved, God wants His children to share this Good News (Gospel) with others so they can be saved too.

“…you shall be [My] witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). “And [Jesus] said to [His disciples], ‘Go into all the world and [proclaim] the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). If you’ve been saved, will you do this?

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c. 2022 Wm. Kelsey Pietsch Ministries

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

Copyright c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

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