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1 Timothy 5:6: But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Ephesians 2:1: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Colossians 2:13: And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Revelation 3:16-17: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

How can lost individuals not know they are dead, wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked? And how can believers not notice the desperate state of the lost individuals around them? How can they not know that they themselves have been made alive unto God?

There are two kinds of death. Physical death is when our bodies die and our spirits are separated from our bodies. Spiritual death is separation from God. God told Adam that in the day he ate the forbidden fruit he would surely die. Adam did not die physically that day. He died physically 930 years later.

Genesis 2:17: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 5:5: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Unless God lied, Adam and Eve died a different death when they ate the forbidden fruit. They died spiritually. They were separated from God. They were separated from the source of spiritual and eternal life.

Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .

The wages of sin are physical AND spiritual death. When Jesus died on that cruel cross He died for us physically AND spiritually. He was separated from the Father because our sins were placed upon Him and He died physically when His spirit was separated from His body. He was paid ALL of the wages for our sins.

Mark 15:34: And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

That was the moment when Jesus suffered separation from the Father, spiritual death.

Luke 23:46: And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

That was the moment He died physically. Blessedly, it was not possible that He could stay dead.

Acts 2:24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Revelation 1:18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

If we are to be made alive spiritually, the vital life-giving connection between God and men that was broken when Adam and Eve ate that fruit must be established in each of us. When we receive Jesus into our hearts the life-giving connection is made.

1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Sadly, many who have spiritual and eternal life in them hide it under a bushel. What a waste!

Romans 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

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