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Three Kinds of Death in Scripture: 1. Physical death-- the separation of the inner man from the body (Jas. 2: 26) 2. Spiritual death-- separation from God because of sin (Eph. 2: 1, 5; Isa. 59: 2; Mt. 8: 22; Col. 2: 13; 1Tim. 5: 6) 3. Eternal death-- eternal separation from God because man chooses to remain separated from God in sin (Mt. 10: 28; 25: 41, 46; Rev. 2: 11; 14: 9- 11 20: 11- 15 21: 8; 22: 15 Isa. 66: 22- 24). This is called the second death or second separation from God (Rev. 2: 11 20: 14; 21: 8). Death in all Scripture means separation from the purpose for which one was created, never annihilation or extinction of being. Physical death is separation of the inner man from the body. Only the body dies at this time and goes back to dust (Gen. 3: 19; Jas. 2: 26). The spirit and soul are immortal and are either dead in sins or in possession of eternal life in Christ at the time of physical death. In either case, they continue in conciousness whether in heaven or hell (see notes on 1Pet. 3: 4; Lk. 12: 5; Lk. 16: 23
Always start with a word of prayer before studying your bible and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. To understand death from a biblical perspective we must first look at how God created us. Look at Genesis 2:7(KJV) - "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul". Here we have a formula of how God created us. Dust + Breath = Living Soul Read the text carefully and you will see this. So if you reverse this process it is death. Breath - Dust = Dead Soul Ecclesiastes 12:7 - "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Now people will say here that the person that dead goes straight to heaven and use this text to support that theory. But now lets ask this question. When God form Adam was he alive before God breathed into his nostrils? Or did Adam exist before he was created? Did you exist before you were born in your mother's womb? OF COURSE NOT! Lets look at one more example. In John 11 we see the story of Lazarus which was very sick and then end up dying. In verse 11 Jesus says "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth: but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." In verse 12 "Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well." As you read verse 13 and 14 Jesus stated plainly that Lazarus is dead. Jesus purposely waited four days (Vs.39). Here is the key verse in 43. "And when he thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth." When Jesus called Lazarus he didn't say Come down (heaven) or said Come up (hell), he said come forth. So death is a sleep, our loved ones are not in hell or in heaven at this moment. They are all asleep waiting to be resurrected. Here are some more supporting text Job 7:21; Daniel 12:2; Psalms 146:4. May our names remain in the book of life.
Death 1Co 15:22 Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. 1Co 15:25 He won't let up until the last enemy is down-- 1Co 15:26 and the very last enemy is death! 1 identify or deal with the enemy It’s an enemy because we only experience it once, it’s not a practice that we can master, and that makes dead undesirable. Enemy of the body- grave 2 make peace with that enemy We need some encouragement to carry us through Seeing your destiny and your purpose will help give you the ability to face death or face the departure from your body. “Who for the joy that was set before Him” Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God Phi 1:23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 2Co 5:6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord- 2Co 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight- 2Co 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Phi 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Death: This is the fact we going to face 1 Co 15:22 everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. 1 Co 15:25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 1 Co 15:26 and the very last enemy is death! 1 identify or deal with the enemy It’s an enemy because we only experience it once, it’s not a practice that we can master, and that makes dead undesirable. Enemy of the body- grave To make an overwhelming peace mindset with this enemy called dead we need some encouragement to carry us through Seeing your destiny on the other side of the grave will help give you the ability to face death or face the departure from your body. Eternal life and rewards are waiting, and above all, we are going to see Jesus face to face. The very thought of this joy is too much to bear. This is how Jesus endured--yes, endured, and so must we. Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hallelujah! This principle can also be used here on earth in our trials and tribulations, for Jesus promised all things work together for good...
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