Our Last Enemy Already Subdued (Duncan)

This is an awesome part of John “Rabbi” Duncan’s sermon on Revelation 1:17-18 (When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive—forever and ever—and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! NET):

[Another] basis for the Church’s confidence is Christ’s resurrection life, never to be followed by any death. ‘And behold, I am alive forevermore.’ Death had an apparent victory; Jesus had the real victory. ‘Through death he destroyed him that had the power of death.’ He ente

It was our Lord and our God who was with the pardoned thief that day in paradise. It was our Lord and God who lay in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. …It was impossible that he should be held by the bands of death. Justice was satisfied when he poured out his soul unto the death…. He rose victorious; death could not hold him. Thus the Church finds the last enemy already subdued. We have in a risen Savior, the proofs of a power beyond the most dreaded of all hostile powers – the power of death. ‘He is alive forevermore.’ In that he was crucified, he was crucified in weakness; in that he lives, he lives by the power of God. In that he died once, he died for sin; death has no more dominion over him. ‘He is therefore able to save unto the uttermost all who come unto God by him, because he ever lives to make intercession for them….’

John Duncan, Rich Gleanings from Rabbi Duncan, p. 20-21.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54002