| Spiry Tee
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” (2Ti 1:10).
When slavery was abolished in the United States of America it was big and life changing news. President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 issued an Emancipation Proclamation declaring “all persons held as slaves…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free”. Imagine the celebration among those hitherto held as slaves. But the declaration only makes a difference when it is heard. If unknown, the slave will forever be in bondage even though he was declared a free man.
Apostle Paul says he was appointed a preacher, apostle, and teacher to the Gentiles to tell them about the abolishment of something greater, death. Hallelujah! Jesus abolished death. To abolish means to put an end to a law, a system or an institution. Jesus put an end to death a principle, a system and institution. We are finding out that not only did Jesus put an end to the Law of Moses, He also put an end to death as we know it.
Sin was condemned in His flesh never to lift its ugly head again. When He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself He put an end to death itself. Therefore death no longer has dominion over those on whom sin has no power. Death has been defeated and by His resurrection, Jesus has brought to light life and immortality. Immortality means not subject to death.
Jesus brought to light incorruptibility, unending existence, and real life. He put an end to our mortality; meaning our weakness, corruptibility, sinfulness, and brevity. We are now new creatures in Christ, molded in the image of our immortal Savior.
I am immortal; not subject to weakness, corruption, sin, and death. Mortality has been abolished.