Scriptures on "Death & Dying"
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
(1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:50)
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
Where, O death, is your sting? Where O death, is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55)
No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? (Hosea 13:14)
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (Isaiah 57:2)
Man's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. (John 5:25)
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. (John 8:51.)
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3)
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living for to him all are alive. (Luke 20:38)
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18-19)
But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. (Psalm 49:15)
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. (Psalm 68:20)
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)
For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. (Psalm 116:8-9)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)
**Copyright, 2002, Brian Campbell (Permission is granted to copy for personal use only.)
Death & Dying
Article by Dr. Brian Cambpell, From: "Godly Counsel: Scriptures to live by"
Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserver
“No one has power over the day of his death.”
Death : the act of dying; the end of physical life
For Christians, death is nothing to fear. Death is merely the end of our life on earth and the beginning of our life in heaven . If you have lost a loved one, or if you are facing death yourself, pray that God, in His infinite love and mercy, will forgive your sins and accept you into heaven . Jesus Himself has gone ahead of you to prepare a place for those who believe in Him and are saved by His sacrifice on the cross.
If you are a Christian, you should not fear death.1,2 The day that you first believed in Jesus Christ is the day that you crossed over from death to life.3-5
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord
comes escape from death.
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem
them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues?
Where, O grave, is your destruction?
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have
the Son of God does not have life.
(1 John 5:12)3
I tell you the truth , whoever hears my word and believes him
who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned;
he has crossed over from death to life.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
All human beings have a physical body and a soul (also called “spirit).6 The physical body of every human being is going to die at some point in time.7,8 The days of our physical existence on earth are numbered by God, and we cannot add to them or subtract from them.9 No one has the power to control the day of his physical death.10
Death first entered into the world with the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden; but just as Adam brought death to the world, Jesus Christ brought life.11 The resurrection of Jesus from the dead, following His crucifixion on the cross, gives hope for all who believe in Him.12 If Jesus Christ had not risen from the dead, then death would be the end of existence for everyone, even for believers.13
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul.
Death is the destiny of every man;
the living should take this to heart.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity
under heaven : a time to be born and a time to die…
Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number
of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no
one has power over the day of his death.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of
the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam
all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
(1 Corinthians 15:21-22)11
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into
a living hope through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead.
(1 Peter 1:3)12
Fortunately, Christ has indeed been raised from the dead14 and those who believe in Him are promised eternal life in heaven .15 When we die, our physical body will decay and go back to dust.16 Our spirit (or soul) will go immediately to heaven .17-19 For unbelievers , their souls will go immediately to hell , where they will await the final judgment day.20
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless
and so is your faith …Then those also who have fallen
asleep in Christ are lost.
(1 Corinthians 15:14,18)13
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the
firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:20)14
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life .
For dust you are and to dust you will return.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands
I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come
into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you
the truth , today you will be with me in paradise.”
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain…I am torn
between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ,
which is better by far; but it is more necessary
for you that I remain in the body.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent
them to hell , putting them into gloomy dungeons
to be held for judgment…then the Lord knows how
to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the
unrighteous for the day of judgment,
while continuing their punishment.
(2 Peter 2:4,9)20
Following the second coming of Christ, the people who believe in Jesus will live for eternity with Christ, even though they have died in the flesh. In a very real sense, whoever lives and believes in Christ will never die (that is, will never be “spiritually dead” and lose eternity).26
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face
judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins
of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear
sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive what is due him for the things
done while in the body, whether good or bad.
(2 Corinthians 5:10)22
But our citizenship is in heaven . And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that
enables him to bring everything under his control,
will transform our lowly bodies so that they
will be like his glorious body.
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body
that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable…
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
(1 Corinthians 15:42,44)24
And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man,
so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven .
(1 Corinthians 15:49)25
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and
believes in me will never die.
(John 11: 25-26)26
No one knows the hour or the day that Christ will return to this world, only God the Father.27 Therefore, it is critically important that we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and repent of our sins.28 For if Jesus returns to this world while we are still alive, we will be judged and we will either spend eternity in heaven or eternity in hell (separated from God).29
If you are a believer in Christ, death should not be fearful; only our physical body dies, not our spirit (or soul).30 Jesus Christ has defeated death.31-34 Jesus Himself has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us in heaven .35 Physical death will not separate us from th
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels
in heaven , nor the Son, but only the Father.
The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news !
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven …
He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)29
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under
his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
(1 Corinthians 15:25-26)31
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14)32
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord
comes escape from death.
Do not let your hearts be troubled…In my Father’s house are
many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you.
the love of God.36 The apostle Paul went so far as to say that he would prefer to be “absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”37
If you are having trouble coping with death, try focusing your thoughts firmly on heaven . In heaven , we will be with Jesus,38,39 and see Him face to face.40,41 He wants us to live there forever with Him and experience His glory.42
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels
nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any
powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else
in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away
from the body and at home with the Lord.
(2 Corinthians 5:8)37
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and
take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
But God will redeem my life from the grave;
he will surely take me to himself.
I see heaven open and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God.
And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake,
I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me
where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have
given me because you loved me before the
creation of the world.
If you have a loved one who has died who is an infant, rest assured that he or she will be in heaven .43,44
If your loved one is a believer who dies, take comfort that he or she is now with our Lord and Savior in heaven .45,46
It is difficult to imagine how beautiful and wonderful heaven will be. It will not be like anything we have ever seen, or heard, or conceived of, here on earth.47 The apostle John describes heaven as being a city made of pure gold, as pure as glass, with foundations of the city walls decorated with every kind of precious stone.48,49
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven always
see the face of my Father in heaven .
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that
any of these little ones should be lost.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain…I desire to
depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.
(1 Corinthians 2:9)47
The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold,
as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls
were decorated with every kind of precious stone.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of
a single pearl. The great street of the city was of
pure gold, like transparent glass.
Although unimaginable, heaven will be familiar to us in many ways. For example, we know that we will have bodies in heaven (our “glorified” bodies) and that we will eat and drink, just as we did here on earth.50 We will have eyes and ears and be able to see and hear.51,52 Unlike our life on earth, there will be no more death or mourning, or crying or pain .52 There will be no sin in heaven and nothing there will be impure.53
There will be no darkness or night in heaven , and no sun or moon.54,55 The glory of God will give heaven its light.54
Finally, as we face death, one of the most comforting Scriptures in the entire Bible can be found in Psalm 23:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil , for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:4-6)
And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one
on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my king-
dom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will
be no more death or mourning or crying or pain ,
for the old order of things has passed away.
Nothing impure will ever enter it.
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of
a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give
them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.