Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

“Florida Conference 2005, Part 4. The Church at Sardis.”.

Saturday PM, March 5, 2005

A false reputation for spirituality and maturity is a sign of cosmic involvement related to the function of hypocrisy.

Connective conjunction – kai – kaiV = introduces a fact as surprising, and, also, nevertheless, or in spite of that.

Pres-act-ind – echeis – e!cei” = you are, the perfective present tense refers to a fact that has come to be in the past, emphasized as a present reality.

Predicate nominative – nekros – nekroV” = you are dead; a reference to believers living inside the cosmic system.

The Eight Categories of Death in the Bible.

a. The Spiritual Death of the Human Race.

Bayowm taamuwt mowt = “in that day dying spiritually, you shall die physically”

The penalty was imposed at the fall of man and is perpetuated in the human race through the imputation of Adam’s original sin to the genetically-formed old sin nature after birth, simultaneously with the imputation of human life.

The old sin nature is transmitted through the twenty-three male chromosomes which fertilize the female ovum.

We are born physically alive but spiritually dead and that is why we need to be born of the water of the Word and the Spirit of God.

JOH 3:5 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

When biological life emerges from the womb, God creates soul life and imputes it to biological life.
EPH 2:1 “And you, being dead in your transgressions and sins,”

ROM 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death [spiritual death] through that sin, so [spiritual] death spread to all men because all sinned [when Adam sinned].”

We are born physically alive and spiritually dead, so that if we die before reaching accountability, we automatically go to heaven, 2SA 12:3, JoNAH 4:11.

Our sins are not imputed to us but to Jesus Christ on the cross.

Mankind is not condemned by the imputation of his personal sins, but by the imputation of Adam’s original sin to the genetically-formed old sin nature.

1. Real spiritual death. This was the actual spiritual death of Adam, who made the decision for the entire human race.

2. Substitutionary spiritual death. This occurred on the cross, when our Lord bore our sins in His own body and they were judged.

Our personal sins were never imputed to us for condemnation, but to Jesus Christ as our substitute, 1PE 2:24;1PE 3:18; 2CO 5:21; ISA 53:6; ROM 5:8.

MAT 8:22 “Follow Me; let the [spiritually] dead bury their own [physically] dead.”

1CO 15:22 “For as in Adam all die [spiritual death], so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Spiritual death = the status of dichotomy.
We have a soul and no human spirit.

Total depravity = we are in either moral or immoral degeneracy in the status of sin.

Faith plus anything else is salvation by works, which eliminates the work of the Holy Spirit in efficacious grace.

JOH 19:30 “It is finished! [Tetelestai]” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.
He was still alive physically when He said the payment for sin was complete.

b. The Positional Death of the Believer.

While spiritual death occurs at physical birth, positional death occurs at the second birth, the new birth or regeneration.

Positional death occurs through the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation. The believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, ROM 6:1-14.

Positional death, also called retroactive positional truth, is the believer’s identification with Christ in His death.

c. The Carnal Death of the Believer: Cosmic Death or Carnality.

1. Post-salvation sinning.
2. Post-salvation human good.
3. Post-salvation evil.

Dead – plural – nekron = deaths referring to the believer being carnal and out of fellowship for a period of time, or dead ones referring to the importance of separation.

a. The temporal death of the believer, which describes the believer out of fellowship with God.
b. The cosmic death of the believer.

c. The fragmented death of the believer, which is the believer involved in either moral or immoral degeneracy.

1CO 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual persons, but as to carnal persons, even as to babies in Christ.

Carnal, cosmic, or fragmented death refers to the function of the believer’s volition in converting temptation from the sin nature into sinfulness.

Living inside the cosmic system classifies that believer as living in temporal or cosmic death.

JAM 1:15 “When lust has become pregnant, it gives birth to sin. Furthermore, when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”

Temptation is not a sin, the sin is the act of volition which follows.

The sin nature dwells in the cell structure of the body and the Holy Spirit indwells the body.

1TI 5:6 “But that widow who constantly indulges in wanton pleasure has died while she is living.”

REV 3:1 “I know your production, that you have a reputation that you are living, but you are dead.”

ROM 8:6 “For the mindset of the flesh [old sin nature] is death [cosmic death], but the mindset of the Spirit is life and prosperity.”

ROM 8:13 For if you are living according to the flesh [old sin nature], you must die [cosmic death], but if you through the Holy Spirit are putting to death the production of the flesh, you live.

4. The Production Morality of the Believer known as Dead Works.

5. Sexual Death. Sexual death in the male refers to inability to copulate and procreate. Sexual death in the female refers to inability to procreate. This category is only used in relation to Abraham and Sarah, ROM 4:17-21, HEB 11:11-12.

6. Physical Death of the Human Race.
Physical death = separation of the soul from the body so that the person no longer lives on planet earth.

After death, the soul of the believer resides in an interim body until the Rapture, at which time it leaves the third heaven, goes to the second heaven and receives a resurrection body.

The soul of the unbeliever leaves the body and goes to Hades. There it remains in torments until the end of time.

7. The Second Death, REV 2:11.

8. The Sin unto Death.

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