Matthew 10:24-28 states, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus told us that because the Kingdom was here, where healthy fear should be accurately placed. He said not to fear those who kill the body, but rather Him who can kill the soul. Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. The Kingdom has a judicial section, and when that judicial section is accessed, those who set themselves against God’s purposes will face the Ultimate Judge, where their life hangs in the balance. Jesus could have put it this way, “He is the God of double-destruction.” Killing someone the first time is not the worst thing that can happen. It is the second death that hurts the most because it is eternal.
From Rev. Al Houghton of Word At Work Ministries