Summary: To show that we no longer fear death anymore because we are no longer slaves to fear.
Are you afraid to die?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we no longer fear death anymore because we are no longer slaves to fear.
Hebrews 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
2:15 And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.
I no longer fear death anymore.
Freedom from fear of death
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. CHRIST might deliver and completely set free us from death
"And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death"
1. the death of the body
2. metaphorically, the loss of that life which alone is worthy of the name
3. the miserable state of the wicked dead in hell
4. in the widest sense, death comprising all the miseries arising from sin, as well physical death as the loss of a life consecrated to God and blessed in him on earth, to be followed by wretchedness in hell
CHRIST delivered and set us free from all what death means to us and the unbelievers. That's why CHRIST warned the people during His time not to fear those who can only kill the body, but GOD who can kill the body and soul in hell.
Matthew 10:28 (Amplified Bible)
10:28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).
Psalms 56:13 (The Message)
56:13 You pulled me from the brink of death, my feet from the cliff-edge of doom. Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.
Luke 1:74-75 (Amplified Bible)
1:74 To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our foes, might serve Him fearlessly
1:75 In holiness (divine consecration) and righteousness [in accordance with the everlasting principles of right] within His presence all the days of our lives.
What do we do then if we're delivered from death? In holiness and righteousness serve GOD fearlessly.
B. CHRIST delivered us from bondage of fear of death
"were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives"
A genuine believer who knows the WORD does not fear death itself, for those who fear are slaves.
Romans 8:15 (Amplified Bible)
8:15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!