For many people death is the curtain call for their lives, and it makes sense that they perceive it as such. after all, death is the opposite of life. However, for those who believe in Jesus, as John 3:16 tells us, “should not perish, but have eternal life.” We can find comfort in the knowledge that after we die, we enter into eternity. An eternity with God the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, and all the saints that went before us. All falling down on their faces worshipping God, day and night.
Death merely means death to our earthly bodies, the muscles, skin and bones that carry our soul and spirit. The flesh, but as we have read, the flesh is the one that leads us into temptation and away from God.
When the Bible talks about death in the New Testament, it does not always imply physical, fleshly death. Rather it often speaks about dying to self, putting off our fleshly desires so that we may walk in newness of life. Or it speaks about putting off or throwing off the old self and in Romans 6:6-7 the Bible says “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died, has been freed from sin.
Here are a few Bible scriptures that speak about death
1. Revelation 21:4
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”
2. Romans 14:8
For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord. If therefore we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
3. Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
4. Luke 23:43
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
5. John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
6. 1 Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
7. John 11:26
Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
8. Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must become imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable body will have become imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” Isaiah 25:8
55 “Death, where is your sting?
Hades, where is your victory?” See Hosea 13:14
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
10. Matthew 10:28
Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
*Gehenna means Hell.
Gehenna is a small valley in Jerusalem. In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was initially where some kings of Judah sacrificed their children by fire. Thereafter, it was deemed to be cursed (Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6). In rabbinic literature, Gehenna is a destination of the wicked. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehenna
We do not need to fear physical death, death has lost its sting. Jesus defeated death when he rose again after 3 days. Jesus died so that we may live.
The death that we should fear is spiritual death. The death of our connection with the Father, or Jesus, or the Spirit. We can keep ourselves spiritually healthy and alive by reading and studying the Word. The Word was enough to sustain Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days, so much so that when the enemy came to tempt Jesus at the end of the 40-day fast and told Jesus to turn the stone into bread to eat, Jesus simply replied with “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
So, we keep spiritual death away, but we rejoice in the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is through Jesus that we have eternal life.