Hebrews 2:15 tells us about Jesus, who, through His own death, might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. The author’s not writing about physical death (at least not ours), and he doesn’t mean human slavery – he has more crucial issues in mind. He’s referring to spiritual death, the kind of death that tears apart our innermost beings; he’s focusing on spiritual slavery, a slavery to sin. And when he says fear he’s pointing to the fear that makes us willing to disobey God.
I’ve pondered these words from Hebrews for some time because I (just like Paul in Romans 7) keep acting like sin’s slave. What trips me up? It’s my fear of death. It happens to us all. Let me explain.Read more