“Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear him.” We cannot deny the truth that people can wound our body, They can smite us, and they can slay us. The story of mankind contains many illustrations of this truth. Notice what Luke stated in (Acts 12:1,2) “Herod the king stretched forth his hand…and he killed James the brother of John with the sword.”
Man can wound our spirit, he can mock us, he can sneer, he can indulge in foolish and heartless belittling, Notice What (Matthew 27:42) stated “If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Oh, how they mock our Lord in this setting.
People can tempt us to do evil, man can make evil suggestions, he can give us a perilous invitation and overture which will lead to sin and to spiritual shortcomings.
There is limitations to the evil power of man. No man can follow us into the unseen world. Satan’s power and mans power all end at death. Beyond this life we are safe from the blows of any tyrant, as well as the suggestion of Satan. If this life were the total sum of our existence, that would be much indeed, yet we know this is not true, we have learned that life is but a short while; it is our initial stage, life is just a brief introduction to the world that is to come. After death the greatest dictator, with the sharpest sword can harm us no longer.
No man can compel us to sin therefore a sinful deed includes our consent, and all the forces of iniquity and error can never compel a true and brave soul to assent to an evil deed. If more is done, if the line is crossed, it is of our accord, the tempting is there, the sinning is on our part.
Who is it that we must fear? “Fear him.” Let us shrink from the displeasure of that Divine Lord of the human spirit who can punish according to our deeds. We should shrink from the condemnation of God, for God is the only righteous one. Let us fear God’s disfavor. We must keep in mind if God should inflict penalty, there is no man that can deliver us from death and judgment. Let us never forget that beyond the veil of this life, we are as much with in God’s reach as we are on this side of life.
Who is the one whose friendship we should seek after? We should seek after Jesus, for Jesus said “I say unto you my friends.” We do not want to just escape the wrath of an offended God, we must desire to aspire to his pleasure and love. Jesus has offered his love and friendship to all mankind. The Lord stated “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (St. John 15)
If we will give our life to him, we will find in him the loving God whom we should daily serve, one we shall gladly and happily follow and by whose side we shall walk till the gates of home are reached. Let us “casting all your care upon him for he careth for you.” (I. Peter 5).