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Lesson # Matt. 10:28
Study Material - Matt. 10:28
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28 And [kai] fear [phobeo] [apo] not [me] them which [ho] kill [apokteino] the body [soma] , but [de] are [dunamai] not [me] able [dunamai] to kill [apokteino] the soul [psuche] : but [de] rather [mallon] fear [phobeo] him which [ho] is able [dunamai] to destroy [apollumi] both [kai] soul [psuche] and [kai] body [soma] in [en] hell [geenna] . KJV-Interlinear
28 'And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. NAS
To this verse I have a couple of quotes in my notes as follows:
'Hugh Latimer was preaching one day in the presence of King Henry VIII, he reports that he said to himself, 'Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the king is here; be careful what you say.' Then he said to himself, 'Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the King of kings is here; be careful what you do not say.' For such unflinching faithfulness Latimer was eventually burned at the stake. But He feared failing God more than he feared offending men.'
'Over a period of some 300 years of terrible persecution, ten generations of Christians dug nearly 600 miles of catacombs beneath and around the city of Rome. Archaeologists estimate that perhaps a total of 4 million bodies were buried there. A common inscription found in the catacombs is the sign of the fish, the Greek word for which (ichthus) was used as an acrostic for 'Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior.' Another common inscription found there is 'The Word of God is not bound.' During the most prolonged period of persecution in the history of the church, those believers revered God more than they feared man.'
In the centuries since, millions of Christians died through the dark ages, through periods of religious persecutions, and even in our own current age, Christians die because of communist regimes, and Islamic regimes across the world.
Mankind has not grown up. Mankind will never grow up. Intolerance and rigidity is a strong characteristic of anti-Christian beliefs. Only in Christianity will you find tolerance of others.
Here we have two 'fears.' The first, fear of man, deals with terror, freight, and pain. These are sensations of the emotions and senses. They have to do with the physical body only, for that is the only thing that can be harmed by the world. The damage to the soul comes in the form of mental anguish, but again that is temporary, just as the physical pain is temporary. Once death overtakes us, then these sufferings vanish forever - that is if you are a believer. 2 Thes. 1:9 tells us that the destiny of the unbeliever is terrible and eternal destruction, eternal separation from God. The destiny of the believer is eternal life, peace, happiness with God, Matt. 25:46.
What should be in the forefront of our minds is the question, 'What is going to happen to me after I die?' Life here on earth is generally obvious. We can see forms of prosperity, and many forms of suffering. Both of these examples of life should teach us that there is an after life and we will either experience greater prosperity or we will experience greater suffering. By the way, we all know that death is a fact and will apply to each one of us. So there is an after death existence. Simple logic. You can either be smart and recognize it, or you can be arrogant and ignore it or argue against it. The next question is, 'Which faith do I believe in to secure the proper eternal destiny?'
To this we have already studied the various religions in the world. I refer you to the Bible Study Index page for those special studies.
The second fear mentioned in this verse has to do with fear of God, and that does not deal with pain or fright, but with awe and veneration. You either learn enough Bible doctrine in order to understand clearly the repercussions of your decision to reject Christ - eternal hell. Or you learn enough to understand the repercussions of not advancing to spiritual maturity - loss of blessings in eternity. Or you believe and study and come to the point of spiritual maturity and arrive at the understanding that is far beyond all others who do not pursue that course of study in life. God becomes more real than anything in life, including the worst possible suffering you can imagine. You become less greedy, less fearful of life's circumstances, more tolerant, more sharing and so forth.
With a clear vision on your destiny in Christ, then everything else is moot. You are responsible and stable in life. You are confident and mentally stable. Sure there are many questions of uncertainty in life, but remember that God takes care of everything, all the details in life. But then that is now a lesson on sparrows and that lesson is tomorrow.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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