Jason in John Knox pulpitsmallMatthew 10:28 (ESV)

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear  him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This verse has a very straight forward message to the reader.

Let’s break down this verse into two parts.  The first part being “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul….”  This first part is Jesus telling us not to fear man because man is only able to kill the body.  The worst that man can do to us is simply kill our bodies.

This leads us to the second part of the verse; “but rather fear him which is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell.”  God is sovereign.  God is the Almighty Creator of everything around us.  God created us, and He has the power to kill us, too.  Not only does God have the power to kill our bodies, but He also has the power to kill our souls.

So why am I writing about Matthew 10:28?  During my class I came across a quote from Charles H. Spurgeon which filled my heart with sorrow and conviction which also leads to the second part of this blog post.

“If I never won souls, I would sigh till I did.  I would break my heart over them if I could not break their hearts.  Though I can understand the possibility of an earnest sower never reaping, I cannot understand the possibility of an earnest sower being content not to reap.  I cannot comprehend any of you Christian people trying to win souls and not having results, and being satisfied without results.”

Even as I read that a second time, I can feel my heart being ripped in half and filled with sorrow.  I live in a fallen world full of unconverted souls. Souls that will die in Hell.  My own heart breaks for these souls, but my heart breaks even more knowing that I’ve done little to try and reach these souls to share the Gospel with them.  Why haven’t I done anything to reach them?  It’s because I’m afraid of human judgment.  When I read Matthew 10:28, I realized that the fear of man is a pointless fear that leads only to further sin.  We should only fear God.

God commands us to go out into our neighborhoods, our cities, our world and spread the Gospel.  God wants every knee to bow to Him.  What’s stopping you from sharing the Gospel with your neighbors, your family, or friends?  Is it the fear of judgement?  The fear of not having the proper knowledge?  The fear of persecution?  Is it the fear of death?  None of those things matter.  It does not matter what the world thinks of you.  There are millions of the lost souls in our fallen world, and the only way that they will hear the Gospel is if we go out and spread the Gospel.  The number of lost souls in this world should break our hearts and make us all realize how urgent the command to share the Gospel is.  The only thing that matters is reaching the lost souls and sharing the Gospel.  The chief end of man is to glorify God.  We glorify God further when we follow His commands so what’s stopping us?

I challenge you to go out and try to win souls.  I challenge you to share the Gospel message with a non believer.  I challenge you to face your fears.  I challenge you to not be content until you see results.  I challenge you to pray for the salvation of the lost souls.  Don’t fear man.  The worst that man can do to us is kill us for the Gospel of Christ.  Fear the One who can kill both soul and body in Hell.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Jason Buchholz

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