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February 15, 2011


(1)   Spiritual death or separation from God (as experienced by Adam and Eve and their posterity).  As a result of the Fall, all human beings are born as rebels against God.  With such radical or total depravity, we are born with a "dead" spirit that only our sovereign God can bring from death to life.

(2)  Physical death (bodily death).

(3)  Eternal death (also called the "second death").  The death that never dies (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:10).  Due to the unconfessed and unforgiven sins of the ungodly, their sins are forever before the Father as cosmic treason and a crime against His holiness.  Moreover, the punishment of the wicked is infinite in duration because they committed sins against an infinite God.  Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274), the greatest philosopher and theologian of the medieval church,  well stated that "The duration of a punishment does not match the duration of the act of  sin but its stain; as long as this lasts a debt of punishment remains.  The severity of the punishment matches the seriousness of the sin...God is of infinite greatness.  Therefore, an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him."

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