Two Kinds Of Death

There are two kinds of death, physical and spiritual. Physical death is when the heart stops beating and the soul (the non-material real and eternal person) leaves the body. Spiritual death is separation of that person from God.

Genesis 2:16: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 5:5: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Adam and Eve did not die physically the day they ate the forbidden fruit. They died spiritually. They were separated from God. All of their descendants, (us) inherit spiritual death from them. We are born physically alive but spiritually dead. God gave spiritual life to John the Baptist from his mother*s womb and He could do it for any of His elect, particularly if one of them is going to die before they reject Christ.

Luke 113: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother*s womb.

Ephesians 2:1: And you hath he quickened, (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins;

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.

Some receive eternal and spiritual life while they are still physically alive. Those who do not receive eternal and spiritual life while they are still physically alive will be spiritually dead forever.

Excerpts from Spurgeon*s devotional on Colossians 3:4: Christ, who is our life:

Paul*s marvellously rich expression indicates, that Christ is the source of our life. *You hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins.* That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life. He is now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by His life that we live; He is in us, the hope of glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought which moves every other thought. Christ is the sustenance of our life. . . . O wayworn pilgrims in this wilderness of sin, you never get a morsel to satisfy the hunger of your spirits, except ye find it in Him! Christ is the solace of our life. All our true joys come from Him; and in times of trouble, His presence is our consolation. There is nothing worth living for but Him; and His lovingkindness is better than life! Christ is the object of our life. As speeds the ship towards the port, so hastes the believer towards the haven of his Saviour*s bosom. As flies the arrow to its goal, so flies the Christian towards the perfecting of his fellowship with Christ Jesus. As the soldier fights for his captain, and is crowned in his captain*s victory, so the believer contends for Christ, and gets his triumph out of the triumphs of his Master. *For him to live is Christ.* . . . Where there is the same life within, there will, there must be, to a great extent, the same developments without; and if we live in near fellowship with the Lord Jesus we shall grow like Him. We shall set Him before us as our Divine copy, and we shall seek to tread in His footsteps, until He shall become the crown of our life in glory. Oh! how safe, how honoured, how happy is the Christian, since Christ is our life!

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