The Last Enemy

 

clouds-opening-1311447-mWhen the devoted Christian and scientist, Sir Michael Faraday, was dying, some journalists questioned him as to his speculations for a life after death.

“Speculations!” he said, “I know nothing about speculations. I’m resting on certainties. ‘I know that my Redeemer lives,’ and because He lives, I will live, also.”

In 1 Corinthians 15:26, Paul refers to death as “the last enemy.”

Death here is personified as a tyrant, exercising despotic power over the human race; and he is to be subdued at the final resurrection.

However, Paul expresses, in 2 Timothy 1:10, that Christ “has abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."

“Abolished” means “cease, destroy, make void.”2

“That is, He has made it so certain that death will be abolished, that it may be spoken of as already done."I’m resting on certainties."

The meaning is, that, through the gospel, death will cease to reign, and, over those who are saved, there will be no such thing as we now understand by dying.”3

“Death is not the end – it is only a new beginning. Death is not the master of the house, he is only the porter of the King’s Lodge, appointed to open the gate and let the King’s guests into the realm of eternal day.”4

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

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References:

  1. Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book Of New Illustrations,…p. 566.
  2. Strong’s Concordance, Greek Definitions, #2673, p. 40.
  3. Albert Barnes, Note On The New Testament, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus And Philemon, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI., 1949, p. 215.
  4. Pulpit Helps, December 2006, p. 13.