The Biblical Philosophy of Death
Death is the great enemy of humanity. As such, death is rightly to be feared if it is faced alone. But the believer in Jesus Christ never faces death alone.
The Psalmist writes that he does not need to fear death for his Shepherd is with him (Psalm 23:4). The Lord is present with every one of His people as they pass from one side of eternity to the other. Because of His presence, the believer need not fear.
The apostle Paul gives his simple philosophy of death. He writes that death is gain for the believer (Philippians 1:21). What Paul means is that for the believer, death is a profitable thing. Paul even explains why death is profitable. He explains because the believer, at death, is with Christ. Being with Christ is, in the apostle’s words, better (Philippians 1:23).
Are you afraid to die? Do you have fears of facing that great enemy? Call upon Christ to take away your sins and you can be free of your fear. Death for the believer holds no reason to fear.
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Randy Weddle is the pastor of Community Church of Mooresville, Indiana and Mount Pleasant Christian Church, Monrovia Indiana