Although troubles still remain, Scripture interprets these not as the prices for eternal death.
Troubles are not always punishments or signs of wrath. Indeed, terrified consciences should be taught that there are more important purposes for afflictions, so that they do not think God is rejecting them when they see nothing but God's punishment and anger in troubles. The other more important purposes are to be considered, that is, that God is doing His strange work so that He may be able to do His own work, as Isaiah 28 teaches. When the disciples asked about the blind man who sinned, Christ replies that the cause of his blindness is not sin, but that "the works of God might be displayed in him" (John 9:2-3). In Jeremiah it is said, "If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it …" (49:12). So the prophets, John the Baptist, and other saints were killed. Therefore, troubles are not always punishments for certain past deeds, but they are Godworks, intended for our benefit, and that God's power might be made more apparent in our weakness.
Paul says God's strength "is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Because of God's will, our bodies should be sacrifices, to declare our obedience, and not to pay for eternal death. God has another price for that: the death of His own Son. (paragraphs 60-63)
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