Excellent question. Like sin, death was not a part of God’s original creation:
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31, NKJV)
- Death is a product of sin: “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:15, NKJV)
- The penalty of sin is death: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NKJV)
- Death entered the human race by Eve’s and Adam’s initial transgression: “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17, NKJV)
- “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19,NKJV)
- “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12, NKJV)
Because sin has spread to all men, it has affected all of mankind as an inevitable experience of life in this sinful world. (See Genesis 5, Psalm 90:9-10; Psalm 103-15-16; Ecclesiastes 3:19; 9:2-3; Hebrews 9:27)
NOTE: Only two men have escaped physical death, Enoch and Elijah. (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)
There will be a future group that will escape physical death. Those who are Christians [believers] who are alive on earth at the time of the Rapture. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) will not experience physical death.
Further thoughts about death:
- Death is a universal enemy for living human beings. (I Corinthians 15:25-26)
- Death is feared by those who are unsaved. (Hebrew 2:14-15)
- Death is not feared by those who have trusted in Christ’s completed work in His sinless life, His death and His resurrection. (I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 2:14-15; Revelation 1:17-18)
Why do Christians not have to fear death? Because they have the opportunity to accept God’s free gift of salvation offered through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ:
“For God so loved the world [you] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world [you], 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 3:16-18, NKJV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NKJV)
Note there are three things outlined in Romans 6:23:
- The wages of sin is death.
- The gift of God is eternal.
- But the gift of eternal life only comes through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
Paul in Ephesians 2:8-9 explains how salvation happens as he says:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV)
- Salvation comes by God’s grace, something no one really deserves but God in His love, compassion and mercy extends salvation to sinners.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10)
It is because of God’s wonderful Grace that one can be saved. Perhaps you pick up on the fact that people are saved when:
- When they were without strength to save them self.
- God extends His grace to:
- +the ungodly.
- +the sinner.
- +His enemies.
- People are reconciled to God through the death of His Son.
- People are saved by Jesus’ life [He is living and on the throne in Heaven.] (Colossians 3:1-4)
- Paul explains in Romans 10:9-13, how to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, in other words how to be saved or to have [receive] God’s free gift of eternal life.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13, NKJV)
How to accept Christ as Personal Savior, thereby receiving God’s FREE GIFT of eternal life.
- Recognize that you MUST exercise your will and, acknowledge that you are a sinner.
- Thank God for sending HIS SON in order that you can have His gift of eternal life.
- Repent of your sins, agree with God that you need what His Son did for you in coming to earth, living a perfect life, dying for your sins, being resurrected and from heaven extends to you His gift of eternal life.
- Trust in nothing else but His completed work for you [faith].
- Thank God for His free gift of eternal life.
- Acknowledge that you welcome becoming His disciple and will read and study His Word, growing [maturing] as you learn to apply His Word to your life.
Salvation comes through prayer and so this is between you and God; it is the most personal and wonderful thing any human being will ever do. So, pray in your own words from your own heart. You need no man except the man, Christ Jesus to receive God’s free gift of eternal life.
Rev. Tom Shelton