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-How long do we stay dead? -Isaiah 38:18
God is excited about the part of His plan where we are with Him -Job 14:14,15; John 5:24

-What are the second deaths?
The first death is dying physically, the result of spiritual death.
    Adam 'died' to a relationship with God. Adam was offered the "tree of life" -Genesis 2:9.
    Adam walked and talked with God -Genesis 2:19,20,23; 3:9. 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 alienated 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 want clones).
   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: 
Romans 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." 

A second 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 -Romans 7:14-25.
    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 (Romans 6:2-11) and "dead to the law" (Romans 7:4,6) thanks to Him -Romans 8:10 "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." 2Corinthians 5:14 "For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead." Colossians 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 15:51-55; 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:22
    And another '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 righteous 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 Revelation 20:14 "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." 

Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving and the abominable (Romans 1:29-31; Galatians 5:19-21) 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." 

Revelation 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 years." 

Revelation 2:11 "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death." 

-Are those who have killed in war guilty of murder and go to hell?

-Interested in how much time you have left here?

-John 8:52--What did Jesus mean when He said "some wouldn't taste of death"? Does this mean if a Christian we don't die?


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