Reading: “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.” 2 Timothy 1:10
Death now, instead of an enemy has become a friend; it is the gate by which we pass out of a troublesome, vexatious, sinful world, into a world of perfect peace and purity; and the power thereof is broken, for death does not triumph over those who believe the gospel, but they triumph over it. “O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).
He has brought life and immortality to light by the gospel; He has shown us another world more clearly than it was before discovered under the Old Testament dispensation, and the happiness of that world, the certain reward of our obedience by faith: we all with open face, as in a glass, behold the glory of God. He has brought it to light, not only set it before us, but offered it to us, by the gospel.
Let us value the gospel more than ever, as it is that whereby life and immortality are brought to light, for herein it has the pre-eminence above all former discoveries; so that it is the gospel of life and immortality, as it brings them to us, and directs us in the ready way that leads thereto, as well as proposes the most weighty motives to excite our endeavours in seeking after glory, honour, and immortality.
“Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.”—Thomas Watson
Adapted from Matthew Henry