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Adam, while in the Garden, was told by God that the day he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die. Genesis 5:5 says,

"So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and HE DIED."

The Bible does not reveal to us the immediate cause of Adam's death. Probably his body just wore out from old age. Nevertheless, the divine PENALTY that came upon Adam and all his posterity through Adam's sin was DEATH. Interestingly, the literal Hebrew in Gen. 2:17 says that in the day that you eat from it "dying you shall die."

1. Physical Death

"Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Rom. 5:12).

This passage reveals that sin didn't originate with Adam but came into the world through him (sin actually goes back to Satan's rebellion). And death spread to all men because, in Adam, all sinned, i.e., all participated when Adam sinned. This Biblical principle is demonstrated in Hebrews 7:9-11. 

2. Spiritual Death
Adam's sin transformed him downward into a different being from that which God created. Subsequently, he propagated after his own kind and all his posterity are, in his likeness, born spiritually dead.

3. The Second Death
The second death is the eternal perpetuation of spiritual death. The unending separation of soul and spirit from God and is linked with the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14; 21:8). This death has no power over the redeemed (Rev. 2:11: 20:6).

God could not simply close His eyes to sin and waive the just penalty: death in all its aspects, as listed above -- or He would violate His own righteousness. So, according to His infinite wisdom and mercy He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the unjust (all mankind). The Righteous One died for the unrighteous so that those who come by faith may, in Him, "pass out of death into life."

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life" (Jo. 5:24)

QUESTION: Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

For the Divine Solution to man's quandary, see the Biblicist article finished

Written by Gary Nystrom

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