Paul taught the Corinthians on the subject of death and resurrection from the dead. He expounds on Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection and explained that our mortal bodies shall put on an incorruptible body in order to inherit the kingdom of God. “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable”(1 Corinthians 15:50). In essence, Paul was saying that as believers, we do not have a reason to fear death. “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting””(1 Corinthians 15:54-55)?
Paul and the other disciples lived with the certainty of imprisonment and death, given how dangerous their careers as apostles were during that time. Paul also spoke in Acts 20 that the Holy Spirit continued to witness that he was likely to experience imprisonment and affliction. Paul does not seem deterred by the threats, but is ever more determined to carry on doing the work of spreading the gospel. “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”(Acts 20:24).
Over in Acts 21, Paul starts his journey to Jerusalem and the disciples prayed and begged him not to go. One prophet even demonstrated to Paul how he would be in chains if he journeyed to Jerusalem (Acts 21:11). “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus””(Acts 21:13).
In the end, Paul journeyed to Jerusalem and was indeed arrested. His conviction was that he had to do the will of God no matter the consequence. Paul was not afraid of death but was determined to complete his God given assignment. Paul was not moved by the threats because he was persuaded that whether he was alive or dead, that his life belonged to God. “as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”(Philippians 1:20-21).