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What is death?
October 24, 2005

-------What is Death?-------

Death can be defined as a separation. There are 2 kinds of death: physical and spiritual. Physical death is when your spirit departs your body because the body is no longer functional. It is a separation. Spiritual death is when you are no longer united with God. You become separated from God.

God warned Adam and Eve to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they would certainly die. Both Adam and Eve disobeyed God's commandment and had to pay the consequences. They died spiritually that day as God could no longer walk with them in the Garden of Eden. They became separated from God.

Our day is 24 hours long and Adam and Eve did not die a physical death on the day they ate the forbidden fruit. However, according to Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.From God's viewpoint a day is a 1,000 years. No one has ever lived physically for a thousand years. Methusaleh lived to be 969 years old before he died and he is believed to be the oldest man to have ever lived. He didn't make it to a thousand years or 1 day in the Lord's sight.

Sin is the reason all of mankind faces death. This is confirmed in Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned--

Death is the enemy of mankind. It the last enemy to be destroyed. 1 Corinthians 15:26

Scripture says there are 2 deaths: The first death being physical and the second death is spiritual. How do you defeat death? First you take care of the spiritual death by becoming reunited with God. How is this accomplished? Jesus said in John 5:24 4 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

Every person on earth is a child of the devil until the moment that they receive Christ. Then they are adopted into God's family and are "passed from death into life". Christ does not make bad people good. He makes dead people live. To reject Christ is to be separated from God for eternity. That is the second death. It comes after the physical death.

No one has a right to pray to God until they become reconciled to God by accepting Christ's gift of pardon. Isaiah 59:2 states But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

There will be a group of people who will never experience physical death but they will have their bodies changed. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

Elijah and Enoch are the only 2 people so far that have not experienced death. God took Enoch and Elijah was carried away by a whirlwind.

Who has the power over death? There is only one person and that is Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 1:10 says that Jesus has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. The gospel means "good news". What is the good news? You can have life eternal even though your bodies cease to function because Christ paid the penalty for your sin and mine.

If you are in prison or in jail, who is the person most appreciated? It is the one who has the keys to let you out to freedom. Who has the keys to death and hell? Jesus Christ told John in Revelation Chapter 1 verses 17 & 18 Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Jesus Christ holds the keys to your future. Shouldn't you place your trust in Him?

Copyright 2005 by Gary Goodworth

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