The Glorification of Death

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Death is not just a thing; death is an Angel. It has his introduction in the Bible and will also face a final judgment. The Angel of Death was supposed to be unemployed, but the sin of Adam and Eve introduced him to humanity and gave him a central place in our lives. We live knowing that we will die. 

The first time the word death appears in the Bible was in Genesis 2:17 when God told Adam and Eve, “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”[1] Death is the direct result of sin (Genesis 3:17-19). In the New Testament the Bible is clear in telling us that “…the wages of sin is death…” As believers we should not be friends with the world (James 4:4), but we should not be suicidal either. God told the children of Israel,

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV)

God also told the Prophet Jeremiah of his plans to prosper and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.[2] Any fascination or desire for death is not of God and it falls at the center of the Devil’s job descriptions who comes “…to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10). Our fascination should be with life and, above all, with the author of life. The end of John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life in full. 

Beloved, we have work to do! God has given gifts to serve a purpose in the Body of Christ. We have a responsibility to be a part of the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We all should be in the business of making disciples for Christ, to teach them the ways of God. First John 2:16 tells us, “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” (NIV) The Great Commission was not, is not and should never be political, is about rescuing souls from the pattern of this secular world.  

When we don’t belong to God, we belong to the devil. Jesus told the Pharisees and Teacher of the Law, “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:43-44 (NIV) 

Because Satan is the God of this world[3], the world is filled with death. This explained the world’s obsession with death and death symbols. The issue here is not death itself; we will all die. The issue here is the alarming suicidal statistics; we can clearly see that the devil’s orders are being carry out perfectly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2018: 

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
  • There were more than two and a half times as many suicides (48,344) in the United States as there were homicides (18,830).[4]

Beloved, we should not be in the side of death; it should not even be in our tongues.  

Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who 

love it will eat its fruits.[5] (ESV) We will surely pay the consequences for the things we say 

and the things we invite in our lives. We as believers will face death also, but our death 

will be different, Psalm 116:15 tells us, “Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of

His godly ones.”[6] (ESV) 

Death will ultimately be judged for the evil he is, together with the devil and everybody 

else that rejected Christ. Revelation 20:14 tells us, “Then death and Hades were thrown 

into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” (NIV) Beloved, today… chose life 

and embrace God’s purpose for you… In Jesus name… Amen! 


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ge 2:17.

[2] Jeremiah 29:11

[3] 2 Corinthians 4:4

[4] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide

[5] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Pr 18:21.

[6] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ps 116:15.

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