- The purpose of this teaching is to show the stark differences between life and death.
- We will also look at the origin of life and the origin of death.
Introduction to death
- Genesis 2:16, is the first-time death appears in the Bible.
- God tells Adam if He disobeys His commandment, he shall surely die.
- Adam disobeyed God but he goes on to live 930yrs.
- This means that God meant a different type of death to physical death.
- John 17:3 states, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
- When Adam were in the garden, they had a relationship with God and the Lord would reveal Himself to them. When they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were separated from God (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) or Life (John 1:4).
- The death that God meant in Genesis 2:16, was a spiritual death which is separation from Himself.
Effects of death
- In John 9:1-5, we see the effects of Adam’s sin. In verse 3 of the account, Jesus tells the disciples the following, “…Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” Jesus gives this answer in response to the question the disciples had asked whether this man’s or his parents’ sin caused his condition.
- In Jesus’ response, He doesn’t deny sin being the issue He simple denies that it was the parents’ sin or the man’s sin that caused his blindness.
- The logical question to ask is whose sin caused the man to be born blind?
- In Roman 5:12:14, we get the answer, “Here is how it works: it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin, death; and in this way death passed through to the whole human race, in as much as everyone sinned…. Nevertheless, death ruled from Adam until Moshe…” (CJB)
- When Adam sinned in the garden he opened the door for sin to come into the world and sin brought with it death (the devil). Not only did death (the devil) come into the world but it ruled everybody who was born into sin.
- In Psalms 51:5 David states, “True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.”
- Also in Romans 3:23 Paul states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
- Since we were all born into sin, death ruled over every human being that was born into the world.
- Deuteronomy 28:15-68 shows us the effects of death. From the work of our hands to the health of our bodies.
Introduction to Life
- In John 10:10 Jesus explains to us His purpose of coming. He states the following, “The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.”
- What He is saying is that He is here to restore the lost relationship that Adam lost in the Garden.
Effects of Life
- In John 9:1-5, in the answer Jesus gave the disciples, He added a very important fact. He added, “…but that the works of God should be revealed in him…”
- A couple of verses down this happens, “… Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, put the mud on the man’s eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash off in the Pool of Shiloach!” (The name means “sent.”) So, he went and washed and came away seeing.”
- From this passage, we see what the works of God are.
- In Luke 4:16-21, Jesus (Life) tells us what the works of God are, ““The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.””
- All those are the works of God and they bring life and life more abundantly.
- In Romans 5:18, we see what Jesus did for all man-kind, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.”
- When Adam sinned, death came through sin and when Jesus obeyed God till the death, life came through righteousness.
- In 2 Corinthians 5:21, it states that we are the righteousness of God. Since I am righteous, I can expect life to reign through me and in me.
- In Ephesians 2:8-10 states the following, “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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
- With the life of God dwelling in me (Galatians 2:20) I can do all the good works that Jesus did and greater works than what He did (John 14:12) because I have been created for good works.
- Deuteronomy 28:1-14, shows us the effects of the life of God when it impacts our lives.
- In conclusion, sin is the root of death and righteousness is the root of life.
- Every time in the bible it talks about healing or anything of the sort the first thing it states is the forgiveness of sin then the effects of forgiveness.
- Psalms 103:2-4
- Luke 5:17; Mark 2:4
- Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24
- When Christ became a curse for us, He was separated from God (Matthew 27:46) and took our punishment so that we can be united to God or Life (John 12:32).
- Galatians 3:13; 3:29