Summary: The Bible is going to ANSWER THREE QUESTIONS about death for us. FIRST, WHAT IS DEATH? SECOND, WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE DEAD? THIRD, WHAT SHOULD BE THE CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TOWARD DEATH?
What the Bible Says About Death
Text: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17).
Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV)
The fact that there are so many DIFFERENT THEORIES about what happens to our souls when we die indicates our desire to understand the phenomenon of death. We hear and use such expressions as “THE OTHER LIFE,” “LIFE IN THE NEXT WORLD,” “LIFE AFTER DEATH,” and “LIFE ON THE OTHER SIDE.” But does the BIBLE SPEAK conclusively about this question? YES it does! And the scriptural answer provides ABIDING HOPE for Christians, particularly as we deal with the death of a loved one or prepare to face death ourselves.
The Bible is going to ANSWER THREE QUESTIONS about death for us.
FIRST, WHAT IS DEATH?
SECOND, WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE DEAD?
THIRD, WHAT SHOULD BE THE CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TOWARD DEATH?
There is a man by the name of JONATHAN EDWARDS, who has a television show called “CROSSING OVER.” He claims to be able to CONTACT THE DEAD, and he has a large following. I am sure he would have an ANSWER FOR THE FIRST TWO QUESTIONS, but they wouldn’t line up with the word of God, because ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE OCCULT IS FROM SATAN, NOT GOD.
For our purposes, LET’S GO TO THE BIBLE, and see what it has to say about death.
THERE ARE FIVE ANSWERS TO THE FIRST QUESTION; “WHAT IS DEATH?”
TO BEGIN WITH, DEATH IS A CONSEQUENCE OF SIN. When ADAM AND EVE broke God’s commandment in the Garden of Eden, death became their companion. THAT’S WHAT PAUL SAID 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.”
THEY DIED SPIRITUALLY, because they broke their relationship with God. The very important FELLOWSHIP they had enjoyed with God in the garden was gone, and now even though they were created to be eternal they would die, just like you and me.
The principal of death became a reality for the first time; THEY BEGAN TO DIE PHYSICALLY. The ultimate DETERIORATION OF THE PHYSICAL BODY is a result of sin. Now, let’s be CLEAR about what we are talking about. IT WAS HIS FIRST SIN, not his second, third or forth sin, but his very first sin of disobedience which brought sin upon all his offspring.
NOW, WE CAN CONSIDER SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT: YOU AND I ARE SINNERS IN FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS.
First, we are sinners because we COMMIT ACTS OF SIN.
Second, we are SINNERS BY NATURE. SIN DOESN’T MAKE US SINNERS, but we sin because we have that nature.
Third, we are sinners because we are in the STATE OF SIN. God has declared the ENTIRE HUMAN FAMILY under sin.
Forth, you and I are also SINNERS BY IMPUTATION. That is, ADAM ACTED FOR THE HUMAN RACE, because he is the head of it. ADAM’S ONE ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE plunged the entire human race into sin. WE ARE ALL MADE SINNERS by Adams sin.