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Why We Die

Mankind’s Fall into Sin

Genesis 3:1-24

In the Word of God, Genesis 2:17 records the first mention of death, and Revelation 21:8 contains the last. In between, we find the biblical record of man’s fall into sin and death—and the Father’s work to remedy the situation and reconcile mankind to Himself through the death of His Son.

The Lord takes no pleasure in death (Ezek. 18:32). But sin is contrary to His nature; because God is holy, He must separate Himself from anything less than absolute purity. Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden so that they couldn’t eat of the tree of life and live forever in their sinning state. They were required to face death, and so must all of mankind (Heb. 9:27).

Death Is Separation:

God offers hope through the promised “seed” (Gen. 3:15):

  • Christ “died for sins . . . the just for the unjust” (1 Pet. 3:18).
  • Through Adam’s sin, death entered the world; through Christ’s obedience, many will be made righteous and live (Rom. 5:6-21).
  • Upon death, believers go to be with the Lord (2 Cor. 4:16-5:8).
  • Believers will be resurrected and given immortal bodies (1 Cor. 15:20-53).
  • Christ is victorious over death (1 Cor. 15:54-58).

The Lord Rules in Life and Death:

  • God has ordained the number of our days (Job 14:5; Ps. 139:16).
  • Having planned fruitful labor for each of us, God will leave us on earth until He says we are finished (Phil 1:12-26).
  • Our job on earth is to discover and walk in the good works God has prepared for us (Eph. 2:10).
  • Our goal is to be pleasing to God (2 Cor. 5:9-10).

Questions for Reflection

  1. How can knowing the final outcome of Christ’s victory over death defuse fear, produce peace, and even create a sense of anticipation?
  2. What fruitful work has God planned for you during your lifetime? What changes must you make now, so you’ll have no regrets in death?