A Biblical Viewpoint of Death
Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Death is an unpleasant subject which most of us do not like to think or talk about. However, the certainty of this divine appointment makes it imperative that we face the reality of our own death and search the Scriptures so that we can be prepared when our appointed time comes.
I. Death is Indisputable
- According to the Scriptures, only Enoch and Elijah have escaped physical death. No individual living today will escape the reality of death.
- Death is no respector of persons. Death has no regard for social status, age, or occupation.
- Death can come in infancy, youth, young adult, middle age, or senior years. It can come in the night hours and in the daytime.
- Death can come suddenly, after a long and painful illness, accidentally or with advanced warning
- Death has no regard for our plans, love for family, ambitions, or unfulfilled dreams.
- Death is an unpleasant fact, admit it and prepare for it.
II. Death is Separation not Annihilation
- Death is a separation of the body and 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.
- For the believer in Jesus Christ the body goes to the grave and the spirit dwells in heaven II Corinthians 5:8, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
- For the unbeliever the body goes to the grave and the soul exist in torment and is deprived of the fellowship of God. Luke 16: 23, And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
III. Two Types of Death
- Physical death is described in the Bible as a giving up of the spirit. Acts 5:5, And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Ecclesiastes 12:7, Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
- Spiritual death is a separation from God because the individual is physically alive (body and soul are together) but spiritually dead because the spirit and God are separated. Ephesians 2:1, And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;, Isaiah 59:2, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
- It is not enough to have physical life at death one must have spiritual life if they want the spirit to go to heaven at the separation of the body and spirit.
IV. Origin of Death
- In the garden of Eden God gave man the freedom to eat of all the trees except one. Genesis 2:7, 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. Death came because Satan enticed Eve who enticed Adam and both ate of the forbidden fruit.
- Both physical and spiritual deaths were the result of eating the forbidden fruit. Man died spiritual because he began to fear God and not seek his fellowship. He was separated from God in his heart; he was a sinner dead in his trespasses and sins. Man died physically because God pronounced that man would return to the dust. Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
V. Scope of Death
- All human beings can expect to die unless Jesus returns. Romans 5:12, 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:
- Everyone is spiritual died until he is made alive in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:1, And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; A person is released from spiritual death (saved) when he is raised up from spiritual death, given spiritual life (put in a right relationship with God) and becomes a child of God.
VI. Spiritual Death Limitations
- No one can retain the spirit when the time comes for it to depart. II Samuel 14:14, For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. There is no return from the realm of the dead to the realm of our present physical life.
- The decision in this life to accept or reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is eternally settled when death comes. There is no opportunity to change you mind after the grave. II Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Jesus said, John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? You cannot escape physical death, but you can escape spiritual death. Be saved today and enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ!
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867