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". . . who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

  Hebrews 2:15

  Every person is endowed by God with a conscience. The word conscience means "with knowledge". But conscience does not pertain to knowledge in general, but to a particular kind of knowledge, a knowledge which pertains to the existence of God, His right to rule over us, and what His will or law for us is. A person's conscience compares one's own behavior (thoughts, attitudes, desires, motives, speech, actions, reactions) with the law of God written on the heart, and it declares the person to be either obedient or guilty. After making its verdict, it declares either that God's favor abides upon the person if obedient, or that God's wrath abides upon the person if guilty. Often when we do not live as we should, conscience says we are guilty and that we should suffer for it. The awareness of guilt and liability to God's wrath both in the present and in the future after we die, rightly produces a fear of God's judgments against us. This fear of God's righteous indignation for our sins is altogether proper, but our love for our sins and our desire to continue in our sins repels the voice of conscience. Our affections and our conscience collide and resist each other. Our love of sin seeks to persuade us that there is no God or if He does exist, He is unconcerned about our transgressions. But our conscience puts within us a recurrent fear of death, a fear of the future day of judgment, a fear of hell. This recurs throughout life and subjects us to this bondage of the fear of death. But God has provided for us a way of escape, a deliverance from this fear. It is through sending His Son as a substitute for the guilty to bear the punishment they deserve for their sins. The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son to become a man in order "to deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." It is the blood of Christ which can "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." To have the benefit of His perfect obedience and sacrificial death, we must repent of our sins and trust in Him, not in ourselves. In saving us from our sins, He saves us from the fear of death.
 

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