long do we stay dead? -Isaiah
God is excited about the part of
His plan where we are with Him -Job
are the second deaths?
The first death is dying physically,
the result of spiritual death.
to a relationship with God. Adam was offered the "tree of life" -Genesis
walked and talked with God -Genesis 2:19,20,23;
Adam could have chosen eternal life, but he faced a 'stacked deck'. He
was created with all the normal desires we have (had no choice in what
God put in Him); he came into a ready made environment that he had no hand
in fashioning (just like us) and he had the devil
to contend with (us too until Christ is in us and then too if we allow
our minds to become
from God; but only alienated for awhile as God never gives up on us
(Hebrews 13:5; Matthew
28:20) and He allows it because He doesn't
The only advantage
Adam may have had over us was that the environment wasn't as is our present
world (Galatians 1:4), but yet, there
were no lessons to be learned from experience either.
Adam also had
little or no experience with his emotions and the things of life. Adam
was created good -Ecclesiastes 7:29.
God knew what would happen -Isaiah
46:10. It was a 'stacked deck'.
Into the world back then came Adam.
Soon he and his partner Eve reasoned out a way that brought sin into it;
sin being defined as 'missing the mark in
having a relationship
with God', as the word
in the original means.
So we see the first death while still
living; that of Adam dying to the relationship He had with God. We come
here already in that spiritual state.
Because of Adam's choice of trees,
of all things, death was passed onto mankind:
5:12,16,18 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and
death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned-(in
Adam; whether we had sinned or not).
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift. For the judgement
was by one to condemnation,
but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation,
even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto
justification of life."
spiritual death occurs while living also; that of being
dead in Christ -Colossians 3:3.
Here we have
died to the carnal nature
that caused the relationship with God to be severed in the first place
In this death, one 'dies' to the
externals that were his life, and the more the so becomes alive to
the "things from within".
A dead person can't change himself.
That's why we can rest from getting
ourselves to the state
we are already in but may not be aware of it. That's why we are His
workmanship -Ephesians 2:10.
We are now "dead in Christ" (2Timothy
2:11) and "dead to sin" in Him
and "dead to the law" (Romans 7:4,6)
thanks to Him -Romans
8:10 "And if Christ be in you, the body is
because of sin, but the Spirit
is life because of righteousness."
5:14 "For the love of Christ constraineth
us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead."
3:3 "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
To be dead to a thing suggests that
it has no influence over us.
About our physical death -1Corinthians
'second death' occurs also.
As far as God is concerned, when
you're in Christ and He's in you, you're dead (Romans
6:7,8) to the old carnal
nature and sin; and God no longer sees
your sins. He now sees you as perfect, as
and as holy as His Son is. That's what Jesus
the Christ did for us!
The other second death is a physical death talked of in
20:14 "And death and hell were cast into the
lake of fire. This is the second death."
21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving and the abominable (Romans
and murderers and whore mongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake
which burns with fire
and brimstone, which is the second death."
20:6 "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection;
on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God
and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand
2:11 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the
He that overcomes
shall not be hurt of the second death."
those who have killed in war guilty of murder and go to hell?
in how much time you have left here?
did Jesus mean when He said "some wouldn't taste of death"? Does this
mean if a Christian we don't die?