Genesis 2:15-17 (17)
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.” (NKJV).
Apart from the natural and second death, the Bible talked about the third type of death; which is ‘spiritual death’. Spiritual death is when someone is alive physically, but dead spiritually.
It was stated clearly in our text that Adam and Eve’s disobedience would bring death. And so, they died spiritually the moment they sinned and were both conscious of their nakedness (Genesis 3:7). They became different beings to the ones God had initially created, which eventually led to physical death (vs.19). Therefore, since every human originated from Adam and Eve, we all are born in a ‘sinful nature and are spiritually dead’ (separated from God).
Humanity is now separated from God by nature, and a sinner is referred to as being dead (Romans 6:23). For example, the prodigal son was regarded as dead in Luke 15:32. Also, Paul affirmed ‘spiritual death through sin’ in Ephesians 2:1-5, and that he once died (Romans 7:9-11). However, Christ’s comments below guarantees salvation from spiritual death.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24— NIV).
In other words, repentance from sin and being ‘Born Again’ by accepting Jesus is the antidote (remedy) to our separation from God (John 3:3). Remember! Christ died for our sins (Romans 5:6-11) and became the bridge between the vacuum created by our first parents (Adam and Eve).
There are imminent dangers attached to spiritual deadness, among such are the lack of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and the fruits (Galatians 5:22-23). Above all, “Spiritual death is the Mother of the Second death”. So, repent now and come alive! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Hymn: Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling – Will L. Thompson (1880)
Father, please forgive me (confess) and move me from death to life.