I know it’s been a while and I do apologize that it’s taking me so long to get the second part of the death series out.
If a refresher is needed, here is the link to the first part: Physical Death
There are three different types of Death: Physical, Spiritual, and Eternal. All three represents a form of separation.
So the first part, we touched on the physical death, which means your body is physically separated from your soul. With spiritual death is a little more complex, because we’re spiritually separated from God.
What makes spiritual death so complex is the fact that everyone born after Adam and Eve were born spiritually separated from God. Some like to call it being spiritually dead, as a result of inheriting a sinful nature from Adam and Eve. (See if always comes back to them). If you remember from the 2nd chapter of Genesis, God told Adam (I’m never quite sure if God also told Eve or if Adam was the one that told Eve, because Eve wasn’t created until towards the end of that chapter….please elaborate in the comments) Anyhoo, God said in a nutshell that they could eat from any tree, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and if they did, then they will surely die.
Here is the actual verse: Genesis 2:16-17 “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
This tree is self-explanatory as to what type of tree it is “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” Not an apple, pear, strawberry or any other possible type of fruit that some of these cultish-religion versions of bibles may say (yeah I went there). So, what happens once Adam and Eve ate from that tree? You know the story. They surely died, just as the Lord told them. But, it wasn’t a physical death, it was spiritual. Their sin cost them their innocence, which push them into a completely different type of dispensation. They were now conscience of what they were doing, including the fact that they were exposed, because they were naked but it didn’t appear to be a problem until now.
Because of all of this, every last human being from that point on was born with a sinful nature and completely spiritually separated from God. Jesus had to die to pay the ransom for every single person, because it was a debt that we couldn’t afford to pay.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Therefore just as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed where there is no law”
Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
He Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
So that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So, we were also spiritual dead via Adam’s sin, but we were made alive through Jesus Christ our Lord. He paid the price for us by dying on our behalf (I told you it was a debt that we couldn’t afford to pay). Why was it a debt that we couldn’t afford to pay? Because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezekiel 18:20).
A blood sacrifice had to be made and the sacrifice had to be pure, without blemishes, innocent, and more importantly, sinless. Jesus Christ was the only human to ever been born without a sinful nature. That’s why Jesus is known as the Lamb. “Behold, the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
1 Peter 1:19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
Revelation 5:12 “In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
As the 2nd member of the Trinity, when Jesus was on the cross, he endured a spiritual separation from God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, crying out “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken thee?” Because, up until the point where he took on the sins of the whole world at that brief moment in time, he had never been separated spiritually from the Godhead and he felt that separation.
Whether one wants to believe it or not, we’ve all felt that spiritual separation from God. If you’ve been born again, of course you have been reconciled back to God and you don’t feel that separation anymore. For an example, I felt something was different once I gave my life to Christ, it was like a completeness and that I felt alive. However, when I was spiritually dead and without Christ, even though at that time I was a child and a teenager, as well as the first two years in my 20s (20 and 21 respectfully), I felt lost, empty, and it was like I was swimming but I had no idea how to get out of the pool (if this makes sense, lol). Now that I am alive in Christ, I cannot imagine how I survived before I knew him.
So, the next and final segment of the three types of death is eternal aka the second death. That one is more finite, because it’s separation is forever. If one physically dies, but spiritually dead, then they participate in the eternal (second) death and it’s forever (hence the word eternal). But that’s next time.
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