by Stan Coffey

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A Wise Man Looks At Death (6 of 7)
Stan Coffey
II Timothy 1:7

We have a great lesson today. We have been in a series of lessons called "Know Fear". And that is to know fear is to defeat fear for a Christian. In II Timothy 1:7 Paul said to Timothy, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." As we look at the lesson today it is on death, the fear of death. Many people of course fear death. And as a person realistically thinks about death, they ought to give sober reflection to death because the Bible says that it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.

And particularly if you have recently experienced a death in your family or if you have recently known someone who is close to you who was dear to you who passed away then it reminded you about your own mortality and the reality of the fact that we have a limited amount of time on this earth. And of course as believers in Jesus Christ, we know that God has given us the answer. He has given us victory over death through the Lord Jesus Christ. We have the answer to it. And Paul said to the Corinthians, thank God who gives us victory, and he meant victory over death, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now today we are going to look at how a wise man looks at death and we turn again to King Solomon, this time in the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. There is a chapter in which Solomon describes the aging process. We are not going to look at that chapter today but there is an interesting chapter where he describes the aging process and the natural process, the aging that takes place in our physical body. But as a wise man, he considers death and how we ought to prepare for death and consider the reality of death.

When you pick up the morning paper I wonder how many of you read the sports page first? I wonder how many of you read the obituary column first? You can almost tell your age if you rea ...

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