that man’s perfectly balanced nature has been corrupted,
and the image of God in which he was made has been
disfigured, sins destructive forces began to have an
effect upon man’s whole being. The body, which was meant
to be the servant of the soul in allowing man to
function in the physical world, has now become its
surrogate master, which in turn is controlled by Satan.
Instead of man leading a soul-centered life, he has now
become a flesh-centered being, even as a “brute
beast.” The desires or lusts of man’s flesh begin to
dominate man’s thinking; and in this abnormal state man
begins to pursue those lusts that will lead to his
damnation and destruction. These inordinate desires
overwhelm the higher ideals of the deadened spirit, and
the will of man’s soul has not the strength to stand
against them. One has only to look at the countless
kinds of addicts in the world who cannot resist the
things that they fully realize are destroying their
lives. People who are overweight cannot say no to
overeating. Those on drugs, be it heroin, cigarettes,
alcohol, pain killers, etc, cannot deny their fleshly
addiction. Pornography addicts, perverse sex addicts,
whoremongers, adulterers, etc, cannot say no to those
sinful pleasures that are wreaking havoc upon their
lives, destroying their marriages and their homes. Those
who lust for wealth and the material things of this
world are driven by their desire to heap up
riches. Gambling addicts, workaholics, lazy sloughs,
television addicts, shopping addicts, and on and on,
cannot deny what their body dictates.
Tim 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the
snare of the devil,
who are taken captive by
him at his will.
Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which
they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute
beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by
nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have
also told you in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
God was central in man’s thoughts, there were boundaries
to what man would do and not do, and moderation was the
key to living. Now, in this world of “whatever feels
good, do it,” man has overstepped these
bounds and cast off the natural cords that God had
designed him with. Overindulgence is now the rule of the
day. An inordinate obsession with the body—how we look
and how we dress—control many who spend hours a day
putting on their make up and primping to look good to
others. Binge drinking and gluttony—the popular food
bars where we gorge ourselves with “all you can eat”—is
now the norm. We have only to examine how much time a
day we spend on the things of the body as opposed to
spiritual things, to know that we have totally broken
any restraints of higher reason, and even our own self
will. When we add to this all of the psychological and
physiological pressures upon our lives as the result of
our sin and the sin of others, it is not hard to see why
the body is deteriorating. With all this abuse, and
without the resources of God, the body is in the state
of dying, and will eventually become so broken down that
it can no longer function.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I
am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would,
that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent
unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,)
dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me;
but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the
evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do
it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil
is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me
from the body of this death?
Degenerate man, in his lust for the things of the flesh,
now seeks to throw off all the bounds which the Creator
intended for his good. We have become so rebellious
toward God and the things of God, that we purposely
abuse our bodies and drive ourselves to an early grave.
Instead of seeking after God who is life, and in our
quest “to live after the flesh” and “to enjoy
the pleasures of sin for a season,” we end up
destroying our lives, our happiness, our health, and
even our days spent upon this earth. Young people in
particular, who are so full of potential and the
exuberance of life, seem hell-bent on destroying
themselves. In their quest to “live life to the
fullest,” they destroy forever their future health
and happiness through drugs, alcohol, promiscuous sex,
and unclean, unwholesome lifestyles.
Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine
a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his
3 Let us break
their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to
uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,
to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the
Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile
affections: for even their women did change the
natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of
the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men
with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving
in themselves that recompence of their error which was
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to
do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness;
full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without
natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people
of God, than to
enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the
flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live.
Deut 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to
keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I
command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all
the days of thy life; and that thy days may be
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the
flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Howbeit, there are many who would say that they live
their lives with a certain amount of self-control and
moderation, as well as maintain the boundaries that are
good and right. To you that live right, eat right, sleep
right, do right, we say, ‘praise God’; “keep
on keeping on”; but know still, that the sin that
dwelleth in you will eventually destroy your body. Man
is like a person who has had a serious accident or
disease, whose body can no longer sustain itself, and
therefore has been hooked up to a life support system.
The doctor knows this person cannot exist on their own
and is as good as dead without it. Once that support
system is turned off, the person may continue on for a
short while in a diminished state, but only until the
body, which cannot sustain its own life, shuts down. God
was our life support. We were meant to be hooked up
to Him continually and forever; and when we are cut off
from Him, we linger on in our pseudo life, but
not for long. Many have accused Christians of making
religion their crutch to help them make it through life;
but as has been said by another, “God is more than my
crutch, He is my iron lung”— and we cannot survive
without Him. Man’s body, as well as his soul and spirit,
were meant to be sustained by their union with the
Creator. The Tree of Life was in the Garden for just
this purpose, to give to man God’s wisdom and knowledge
to be able to sustain his physical life for an eternity.
Indeed, God sent man from the Garden after the fall to
prevent him from having access to this knowledge in his
Phil 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.
Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is
become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now,
lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of
life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the
garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was
24 So he drove
out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
to this deterioration brought about by man’s abuse of
his body, there are other facets of sin that are at work
to destroy man’s physical life—suicide, murder, war,
disease, famine, accidents, etc. All of these
unnatural events are but the fruits of man’s sin and
rebellion against God. Because the higher spiritual
values of love and brotherhood have been replaced with
inordinate competition and hatred for other men, human
life has become cheap. Many are those whose
greed, passions, and addictions have led them to
disregard the lives of their victims. Robbers who steal
and kill, sexual deviants who rape and murder, power
hungry maniacs who bring about war and destruction for
their own purposes, all add their toll to the account of
sin and death. Furthermore, the judgments of God against
the vileness of man’s sin is clearly seen in
Scripture—the Flood, the destruction of Sodom, famines,
pestilences, and other forces have been employed to
prematurely end man’s earthly life.
Prov 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for
blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and
whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill
our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain
thy foot from their path:
16 For their
feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it
was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon
13 And God said
unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for
the earth is filled with violence through them; and,
behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon
Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and
all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew
upon the ground.
Sam 24:15 So the
LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even
to the time appointed: and there died of the people from
Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
final phase of sin’s assault against the body is death
itself. The process of dying has, for some, taken a
lifetime; but, however courageously many fight against
death, it is always the victor. Just when death occurs
is a subject of debate among many. Those of the medical
profession now say that a person has died when there is
no measurable brain activity; and that may coincide with
what the Scriptures teach. Although physicians may,
through drugs and machines, prolong the physical life of
a person, if their spirit\soul has departed, they are
dead. Those who can afford it have their bodies frozen
and stored, with the hope that medical science will one
day be able to resurrect them. Ancient Egyptians made
similar attempts to preserve the body through
mummification; but as yet, no mummies have returned to
life. Many people claim to have died and floated over
their bodies before returning to them, and the
Scriptures tell of some people being raised from the
dead. The teaching of Judaism says that the spirit\soul
of someone who has died wanders the earth for four days
seeking to return to its body. Lazarus was resurrected
from the dead after four days, but the rich man died and
immediately, “in hell he lift up his eyes.” Jesus
told the thief on the cross, “To day shalt thou be
with me in paradise.” All of these medical and
Biblical accounts make the subject of death a great
mystery to many; but, let us not be fooled, “it is
appointed unto men once to die.” Furthermore, given
enough time, all bodies will “return unto the
ground”; even as God told Adam, “for
out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.”
Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.
Gen 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in
departing, (for she died) that she called his name
Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.
John 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha,
the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord,
by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if
thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where
the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and
said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because
of the people which stand by I said it, that they may
believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud
voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand
and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about
with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died,
and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom:
the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in
torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto
thee, To day
shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment:
Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
till thou return
unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust
thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
the conclusion of this whole matter of dying and death,
we have come to see that man’s whole being—body, soul,
and spirit—exists in a world of darkness that is
controlled by Satan, and is under the sentence of death.
We see that death is not a final event that extinguishes
our being; but it is a state of existence that will last
for all eternity—if we do not repent and receive God’s
offer of forgiveness and life anew in the Lord Jesus
Christ. The Creator has not abandoned us to our doom;
but God still speaks to us through His Word, and works
to redeem us even in our quasi state of life. In
Christ, those who believe on Him are again reunited with
God, the source of life. Man’s spirit is regenerated
by the indwelling Spirit of God; their souls are
transformed into the image of Christ; and though
believer’s bodies will still die, their souls now enter
the presence of the Lord, to be forever with Him.
However, even their bodies, which are decaying in the
grave, will be raised anew in the resurrection of the
justified, forever free from sin and corruption, and
never again subject to death.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God
our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us, by the
washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed
on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Cor 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that,
whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather
to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord.
Cor 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall
all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
Cor 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all
sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
56 The sting of
death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
the unsaved however, the Bible message is not one of
hope, but of despair and everlasting damnation. For
many, if death was simply the end of their existence,
they would be quite satisfied. Sinners would be content
to live out their lives separated from God, and then go
to the grave, forever falling asleep. However, in
examining the truth of the Scriptures, we know that this
is not the case. Man, who was created in the image of
God, was also created with an eternal soul, that will
forever exist in some state of being. When the unsaved
departs this life after the death of their bodies, their
soul enters Hell to await the final judgment. Then, in
the resurrection of the unjust, unbelievers will have
their bodies brought back from the grave to be reunited
with their souls, and then will be judged at the Great
White Throne. It is here that unbelievers will be
sentenced for their sin and rebellion against God; and
then they will be cast wholly—body, soul, and
spirit—into the “Lake of Fire.” It is there that
they will spend eternity bearing the guilt of their sin,
and continue to spiral into greater darkness and death.
Throughout eternity, unregenerate man will continue to
experience an always dying, never ending death, being
forever separated from his Maker, the source of life.
Heb 9:27 And as
it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,
and all the nations that forget God.
Psa 55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go
down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their
dwellings, and among them.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and
judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of
them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and
for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark
upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the
thousand years were finished. This is the first
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,
but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and
shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall
be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in
the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather
them together to battle: the number of whom is as the
sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and
compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved
city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the
lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the
false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night
for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat
on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the
dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and
death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of
life was cast into the lake of fire.
The 1:8 In
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his