The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
God created Adam and Eve, the first parents of humankind, before the fall they were having eternal life. When they sinned or rebelled against Him, physical death came in while their spirits and souls were still alive but their relationships with Him were cut off.
Speaking of death means the separation of the spirit and soul from the physical body whereas the spirit and soul were separated from God, who is the source of physical life as well as the spiritual and soulish life.
Right then and there in the Garden of Eden, the warning of God to Adam and Eve that the moment they eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they shall surely die, it happened to them at that instance when they disobeyed the command.
They were spiritually dead or their spiritual relationship with God was severed. Physically, their lives have been prolonged as recorded in the Bible, especially for Adam he died at 930 years old (Genesis 5:5).
Since then all the people will die physically and God has reduced the years from 1,000 years old to 120 and in Moses’ time to the present it reaches to 70 to 80 and if a man or a woman has the strength it will exceed maybe 90 or 100 (Genesis 6:3; Psalm 90:10).
Though the people are still kicking or breathing yet the Bible describes them as spiritually dead as they are under Satan’s grip and his kingdom of darkness because of sins or rebellion against God (Ephesians 2:1-2).
The spirit and soul of man don’t die as it comes from the eternal God but only his body dies as it is subjected to decay as it comes from the earth (Genesis 2:7).
When the Lord Jesus, however, will come back on earth, He will resurrect the departed physical bodies of His people and change them into glorious, incorruptible, powerful like His resurrected body which is not limited to space and time. Their spirits and souls are in Heaven before the presence of God and when their bodies are raised again, their spirits, souls and bodies are joined together as man is composed of body, soul and spirit (Philippians 1:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Jesus also will resurrect the dead bodies of the people who have no Christ but to eternal damnation as their spirits and souls have been shelved there in Hades, the place of the dead, prior to the casting of death and Hades into the lake of fire or Hell eternally (Luke 16: 22-23; Daniel 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 20:14).
This is the reason that the Lord Jesus, who is God, the Son of God, has come to earth in the form of man and to die on the cross as payment for the punishment of sins or rebellions of mankind.
Jesus now is offering forgiveness of sins to man if he has repented of all his sins and put his faith in Jesus as his Savior and Lord.
Jesus said that He gives eternal life to those who have faith in Him that His death on the cross, burial and resurrection is enough for man to be saved from condemnation in Hell (John 3:15-16; 10:28; 1:12-13; 14:6).
It is not religion that a man can be saved but only the Lord Jesus of the Bible.