Let’s begin with an important question: how does Paul the Apostle say “10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10) while he says in Hebrews (9:27) “27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”?
– First: we must know that the fall of man has brought four types of death:
Spiritual death (death caused by sin)
– Separation of man from God because of sin … This death has entered the world through the original sin of our father.
– that is to say, that man has become living his life on earth without having a relationship or company with God
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” (Ephesians 2:1)
“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” (Romans 5:12)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor15:22)
– The separation of the spirit from the body and then the body decomposes.
– This is what we see every day and see in the media and the social media
– It has also entered the world as a result of the original sin
– When Adam disobeyed God, He prevented Adam from eating from the tree of life, so that he would not live forever with his sinful and corrupted nature.
Because the power and the authority of man changed after the cross … Paul the Apostle regarded this death as a profit
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21)
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)
Eternal death (the second death)
– The separation from God forever – Eternal tournament in Hell
– Everyone was subject to this kind of death in all the times before redemption.
– This is the most dangerous and the worst types of death because it became eternal punishment that will not end.
– The Bible tells us that:” He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”(John 5:24)
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27)
Moral Death (loss of the divine image)
– It is the death of a Christian who was a believer and born again but he follows the evil deeds prompted by the body. “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”(Romans 8:13).
– Repentance is the only way to escape this death. “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”.” (Eph 5:14)
– Because of sin, man lost his dignity, divine image, and the supernatural state that he was created at. And to find what is appropriate to express the cruelty of this death is that (God expelled man from Heaven)
– The animals (represented by the serpent) have become rebellious against man and took power over him (to harm him whenever possible )
– And the land started to yield thorns and thistles.
A- Unfortunately, death has come to work in all mankind, and the law of the Old Testament has not succeeded in preventing death, and all that the law has done is that it has given us a definition of sin … but unfortunately, it has not given us the power to overcome it. And it became as if that the law has become the cause of death. And this is what Paul the Apostle said about: “For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”(Romans 5:13)
– “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20)
B – Death was not a harsh judgment, but a fair judgment that is appropriate to the extreme ugliness of sin.
C – Repentance moves us from spiritual death to eternal life, and this eternal life is not affected by physical death.
” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
– And since these bodies that we use to live on earth are not suitable for life in heaven, therefore, the Bible said that Christ will change the bodies of believers when he comes
“For this corruptible (the flesh) must put on incorruption, and this mortal (the flesh) must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15: 53)
To be continued
15 July 2019