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When I Am Afraid (Part 11) The Fear of Death

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[e] because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:12-21

A. The Certainty of Death


B. The Cause of Death

– The specific causes of death: Sin and Transgression: Rom. 5:12, Rom. 5:17

1. The power of death (the devil’s role): Hebrews 2:14, Hebrews 9:27

– The power as the tempter to sin and transgression: Genesis 3:1-7, James 1:13-15

– The power as the accuser tempting us to despair over death: Rev. 12:10, Zechariah 3:1-2

2. The fear of death (as part of the curse; God’s role): Hebrews 2:15, Genesis 3:8-10

– Man knows he is accountable to his creator: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

– Man knows he has sinned and transgressed against his creator: Romans 1:32

– Man knows he will be judged: Romans 2:15-16