Death, the intriguing enemy
The scourge of man, death, the inevitable enemy, taker of all eventually. What is it? Most view death from primarily a physical stand point, a result of the present condition we find ourselves in. It is assumed as common knowledge that this is the normal way of things. Given enough time we can live in an appropriate manner to prolong life as long as possible, but time marches on and we all inevitably succumb to its’ curse.
From a Biblical standpoint, death is primarily understood as separation. When God created man, He created him with a body, soul, and spirit. If you separate any of those three from each other, you no longer have a living man. Death has occurred as a result of the separation or death caused the separation. It depends on how you look at it.
In Genesis 2:16 we read; And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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.”
Now, Adam and Eve lived for many years after they sinned by disobeying God. But God said “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” What did He mean? It is here we see that Adam died the day he sinned. The result was death, (spiritual death, separation) in his relationship with God. His relationship was dead, it no longer existed, it was no longer alive. Adam died spiritually, and it’s been passed down to us ever since. Fortunately for man, God provided a remedy. His own Son bore the penalty of sin, separation (death, physically and He was separated from the Father). For those who accept His offer of forgiveness He provides reconciliation, a restoration of fellowship with Himself. Even for a Christian, death, is still an enemy. Yet there are nuances even in death that are beneficial. Wow, threw that one out there, didn’t I? Beneficial you say? No, no loss of pesky relatives… 🤗
Remember, death is separation.
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:19-21
Let’s replace that word died with separation to see what we have.
For through the law I was separated from the law (it no longer applied to me), so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ was separated from His life and His Father for no purpose.
That is the concept of separation, identical to death in the Biblical sense. It doesn’t end there either, the concept in the beneficial sense is we die daily (or should) to self. Hmmmm, separated from self desire to please His desire. What if someone kept you from doing what you wanted to do, and you could only do what they wanted to do? If you really liked it, and them, it would be pretty easy. But, usually we get in the way, we want what we want and if that’s different than what you want, well, then there’s conflict. The next step? Separation of friends, death or damage to a relationship.
This is the reality for a Christian, if we don’t die to self, then our relationship with Him suffers. The Apostle Paul stated that he died daily, that is what he meant. The strategy remains the same.
Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
If you know Him you are dead, separated from self, to Him. Your life is hid, with Christ in God.