Dead While She Liveth
1 Timothy 5:6: But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
How can one be dead while they are alive? There are two kinds of life and two kinds of death. There is physical life and there is spiritual life. Physical death is when our spirit is separated from our body. Spiritual death is when we are separated from God. When one receives Christ into his heart, he is no longer separated from God and he is alive both physically and spiritually until his physical death. If one rejects Christ until the day he dies physically, he will remain dead spiritually forever, separated from God forever.
God told Adam that he would die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit. But Adam and Eve had many children between the time they ate the forbidden fruit and the day they died physically. They died spiritually the day they ate the fruit. Adam lived 930 years physically after he died spiritually. They were separated from God when they ate the forbidden fruit.
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. 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Blessedly, God provided a sacrifice for their sin that looked forward to the perfect sacrifice that Jesus made. From Adam and Eve until Jesus death on the cross believers were saved by faith in God. He could only save them because Jesus would pay the wages of their sin on a future day. For us who come to faith in Him today, Jesus sacrifice for us is already accomplished. It is notable that when Jesus died on the cross, He died both physically and spiritually. His spirit left His body AND He was separated from the Father.
Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Because Jesus was forsaken by His Father on the cross on our behalf, we can be reconciled to God and be made alive unto Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ*s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
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.
(Passed from spiritual death unto everlasting spiritual 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. 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
John 11:26: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Except believers who remain alive when Jesus returns, believers will die physically but not spiritually.
John 8:23: And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Those who do not come to faith in Jesus and receive Him before they die physically shall remain spiritually dead (separated from God and all that is good) forever.
John 3:5: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.