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Scripture Reading: Acts 7:54-60

How Christians Die



1.  How we face death makes a statement about how we live, Heb. 11:35.

  a.  Aristides (125 AD) wrote a friend about a new religion: And if any righteous man among them passes from the world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God; and they escort his body as if he were setting out from one place to another near.” (Early Christian Writings, “The Apology of Aristides the Philosopher, XV: On Christianity”)   (cf. 1 Ths. 4:13)

  b.  Live as saint - Die with thanks.

  c.  Live in sin - Die in darkness and despair.

2.  Death of saints precious (valued, prized), Psa.116:15.

3.  How do you view your death? How does the Christian die?


I.  THE CHRISTIAN DIES IN HOPE, Phil. 1:21-23; Col. 1:3-5; 1 Ths. 4:13-16.

  A.  With the Joy of Eternal Salvation.

    1.  Delivered from wrath by Jesus, 1 Ths. 1:10.

    2.  We live with Christ now - death won’t destroy that - Enhance it, 1 Ths. 5:9-11.

  B.  With an Expectation of the Resurrection of Life, Jno. 5:28-29.

    1.  Because of Jesus' resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:20-22.

    2.  At last trump - Incorruptible / Immortality, 1 Cor. 15:51-53.

    3.  Power of God at work, 1 Cor. 6:14.

  C.  With a Desire for Heaven.

    1.  Heavenly house, 2 Cor. 5:1.

    2.  Mansions prepared, Jno. 14:2-3.

    3.  Pilgrims / strangers seeking their own country - Heavenly city, Heb. 11:13-16.



  -(This does not mean pain cannot attend the Christian's death, but that a knowledge of what awaits him gives assurance, not fear.)

  A.  With the Assurance that God is in Control.

    1.  Power over death in resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:24-26.

      a.  Removes fear of death, Heb. 2:14-15.

      b.  Gospel reveals His power, 2 Tim. 1:10.

    2.  Christian lives by faith in His power (Rev. 1:17-18) -- Death is not the end.

    3.  Fear of death need not overtake us.

  B.  There is Victory Over Death in Jesus.

    1.  Freedom from trials, temptations, burdens and despair - REST (Rev. 14:13).

    2.  Death does not defeat the Christian, Rom. 8:38-39.



  A.  Confidently Believing in a Future Judgment.

    1.  He is ready for his appointment, Heb. 9:27.

    2.  Adversaries of Christ face a fearful judgment of fire, Heb. 10:26-27.

    3.  A time of righting wrongs, A time of rest and divine vengeance, 2 Ths. 1:3-9.

  B.  Confidently Believing in a Future Reward, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

    1.  Reserved in heaven, 1 Pet. 1:4.

    2.  Glory with Christ when He comes Col. 3:4 (cf. Matt. 25:31-34, 46).



1.  We must live so as to prepare for death.

2.  When you die and go to meet the Lord, will you be meeting a stranger or a friend? Heb. 10:30-31; Jno. 14:3



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: January 9, 2013