Is There More Than One Kind Of Death?
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He who believes in him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:17-18 There is a hard truth revealed here. "He who does not believe is condemned already." Why is that? We need to get to the crux of the situation. It's because we are fallen by nature, sinful by nature, and no one guilty of sin can enter heaven. Satan lured Adam, our first father, into sin and rebellion against God. The Lord had made it clear to Adam that if he should rebel against him, death would be the result. We know that Adam did not die on the day he rebelled against God and brought sin into our world, in fact he went on to have children. So ...did God lie? Of course not, Satan lied, indeed Jesus called him the "father of lies" (John 8:44). Adam DID die the very moment he brought sin into the world. When we think of death, we think of the spirit leaving the body. Everyone has seen a dead body, and we know how dead death is. But that is only one kind of death. Death means "SEPARATION." At physical death, the soul leaves the body, and the body without the soul is dead as a door-nail as we all know. But there is another death, and that is when the spirit of man is SEPARATED from God. Adam had been created a perfect human being whose spirit was in perfect harmony with God. When Adam sinned, that harmony was destroyed. The spirit within Adam died. There was no longer the life in God that was there before. Adam's spirit was dead and all his descendants would now be born in spiritual death. That's why Jesus so adamantly stated, "You MUST be born again" (John 3:7). Satan achieved his great goal and his great victory when he caused Adam to sin. It resulted in the destruction of mankind's relationship to God. But ...God provided a remedy for that. He sent his Son to bear on a Cross the terrible judgment due on our sins. When a person comes to Jesus Christ and receives him and the atonement Christ provided for him, that person is made alive to God in what Jesus termed being "born again." So now, a supernatural change happens within the person. The spirit of the person who has come to Christ by faith is made alive and the harmony between him/her and God is established. The Scriptures tell us that at that moment the person becomes a "new creation." "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is A NEW CREATURE; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 Are you born again? If not, or if you're not sure, pray with me: Father God, I'm very aware that I was born a sinner, living in the world without connection to you. Jesus told us that when we receive him and the atonement he provided, we CAN be "born again," that we become a new creation and that all is made new. Lord, I believe your Word and I ask you to receive me into that relationship with you, that I may be a new creation in direct contact with you. Make my spirit alive, Lord, I pray. Put that new life in me. I'm willing to surrender all to you and to be yours for all eternity. I thank you so much for the provision you made for me in Christ Jesus, and I receive it now by faith. More on this: Born Again -What Does That Mean?