Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 204. The mystery of invisible heroes. Part 5.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Point 7. The Death of the Invisible Hero.
a. Spiritual Death of the Human Race.
Spiritual death was the penalty of sin, and was so given as the warning to mankind in the garden. GEN 2:17“dying you will die.”
b. Positional Death of the Believer.
Positional death occurs at the second birth, the new birth or regeneration.
c. The Carnal Death of the Believer: Cosmic Death or Carnality.
d. Production Mortality of the Believer known as Dead Works.
Dead works are all the function of human good apart from the filling of the Holy Spirit.
In the cosmic system, works are legalism, self-righteousness, and arrogance and parlayed into evil.
Dead works can include the function of crusader arrogance and all Christian activism.
All works, production, and Christian service of the believer in the cosmic system is dead, and will be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ, 1CO 3:12-15. All Christian production will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ, ROM 14:10; 2CO 5:10.
e. Sexual death in the male refers to inability to copulate and procreate.
This category of death is only used in relation to Abraham and Sarah, ROM 4:17-21; HEB 11:11-12.
f. 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.
Physical death cannot separate the believer from God, ROM 8:38-39. Physical death is a matter of the sovereign decision of God, based on His perfect knowledge of all the facts, PSA 68:19-20.
God can and does prolong physical life, PSA 102:19-20, 23-24; 118:18; PRO 14:27.
God also delivers the believer from death, JOB 5:20; PSA 33:19; PSA 56:13; 116:8.
The believer who attains spiritual maturity departs under dying grace, PSA 23:4.
PSA 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.
It is victory for all believers, 1CO 15:54-57.
a. Death means no appointment with judgment, HEB 9:27.
b. Death means being face to face with the Lord, 2CO 5:8; this implies an interim body.
c. Death means the end of pain, REV 21:4.
d. Death means an eternal inheritance, 1PE 1:4-5.
e. Death means a new home, JOH 14:1-6.
f. Death means realization of eternal life, JOH 11:25; JOH 10:28; JOH 20:31; 1JO 5:11-12.
g. Death means waiting for the resurrection in an interim body, JOH 11:25; 1TH 4:13-18; JOB 19:25-26; PHI 3:21; 1CO 5:51-57.
PHI 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and dying is profit.
The believer living in the cosmic system dies under maximum discipline of the sin unto death,
1JO 5:16; REV 3:16.
The seventh category is called the Second Death, REV 2:11.
It is the final judgment of all unbelievers, HEB 9:27; REV 20:12-15.
h. The Sin unto Death.
No believer suffers after the sin unto death because he is in an interim body, REV 21:4.