Though (death) is our last enemy, it cannot do what it likes with us. God has appointed it to its office, but He can also disarm it… For with death the Lord of death is also present. To be sure, He will be present as the Judge and Avenger, as the One who causes us in death to reap what we have sown, as the One whom we must fear now, and then still more. But he is also the Lord of death. If death has such terrors for us, it is because in death we shall finally fall into the hands of the living God.

Karl Barth (as quoted in Bartholomew, 2009, 156)

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