“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…”
The letter “D” can stand for a lot of negative things: depravity, depression, despondence, etc. But in this article, I wish to focus on the word “death.”
This word happens to be an ultimate reality issue. In other words, we all have to die, sooner or later. But bear with me.
The biblical concept of death could be understood as separation. When a person dies, his material part separates from his immaterial part. When God speaks about spiritual death, He refers to the eternal separation that sin has caused between God and man, which will also ultimately lead to physical death.
Not too many people cherish the thought of dying. Sometimes it is not so much the uncertainty of what lies ahead, but the nagging certainty that one is going to have to give an account before the God of the Bible and this universe. The criteria of judgment will be one’s relationship to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. If one has placed his faith in the death, burial, resurrection and reality of Christ, death will no longer have any power over that individual. If, however, a person chooses to remain in his sinful estate by rejecting Christ’s gracious offer of salvation, he will be sent to an eternal Hell, and ultimately, the Lake of Fire.
Although we don’t cherish speaking about death, it is nevertheless an unavoidable fact or reality. For those who believe God’s Word, there is everlasting life and only physical death. For those who refuse, there is the second death (Revelation 20:14, 15) – – eternal separation from God, hope and eternal life. He who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!