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The two types of death

Sakkie Parsons

Translated from Afrikaans
Translator:  Robin Barker

In my previous email, About Death – Part 1, I closed off basically saying the following:

There is something more that I must share with you about Death and all that goes together with it, namely that there are, so to speak, two kinds of death for mankind in this life or rather out of this life.

1. One kind of death is for people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, which is the death of our physical body -

2. But then there is another death for people who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, which is a terrible, horrifying dying process, which you must remember is for eternity (continues for ever).

I will now try and explain to the best of my abilities how I view and understand it through God’s Word:

I want to begin by saying, as I have already mentioned the way I understand the Word regarding this is that there are two kinds of death and I will first mention them and then explain a little about both of them.

The one death is when my soul, or when I, depart my body.  Then there is a parting between my physical body and myself – which is for eternity irreversible

Then there is the spiritual death:  The separation between me and our Lord.

This spiritual death already takes place on this side of the grave – if I so wish, but this can be reversed on this side of the grave, but on the other side of the grave it is certainly forever unrepealable / irreversible / final.

Now I want to say something about this Spiritual death:
Both, to put it that way, these kinds of death, came into this world as a result of sin.

ROM 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of god is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If I decide to go through this life without Jesus, and I depart this life under those conditions, then, so to speak,  two kinds of death are taking place:

My spiritual body is separated for eternity from my physical body and then my physical body is dead and I am permanently, for eternity, separated from God.

Then I, to put it in this way, are dying for eternity the most terrifying death and yet I am not dead.

Unfortunately, as I have shown you in the first of the writings, this is the final destination for most people -
Because they choose the things that satan presents to them rather than accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

JOHN 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

I truly believe, that you can surely see and realize that someone who has not accepted Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Saviour, has doomed him-/herself to a most heinous, horrifying eternal death after his/her death in the flesh.

What about us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour?
We, in which the old person is dead?

ROM 6:3  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

ROM 6:4  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

What are our prospects? (expectancy)

Well, I read in the Word:

JOHN 5:24   “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

As well as:

JOHN 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
JOHN 10:28  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Still further:

1 JOHN 5:11  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

One more of the many examples I could quote should suffice:

1 JOHN 5:13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Now I want to pose the following question to you:

Have you truly accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Saviour?

I am only asking, because there is a large number of so called theologians that are preaching that Jesus was just a ‘teacher’ or prophet, or something along that line.

Many people, as an example, will confess that they are Christians and still use the Name of Jesus in some kind of variation as a curse, or taunt or an expletive and think nothing about it.

Even if they do not do it themselves, they will ignore/accept it in the company that they find themselves and even in the television program they are watching.

Who is this Jesus, which I Sakkie, have accepted as my Redeemer and Saviour?

He is precisely what the Word says, that He is:

He is God Almighty who took on a human body.

JHN 1:1-5 
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  He was with God in the beginning.
3  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
4  In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it

JOHN 1:14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

COL 1:15-17 
15  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16  For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18  And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.

Yes my friends,

This Jesus for whom I love very, very much, is the true God and only through Him there is eternal life.

1 JOHN 5:20  We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true.
And we are in Him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ.
He is the true God and eternal life.


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