9.2 Death

Holy Scripture provides various interpretations of the term "death".

First of all, the term describes a person's physical death, the end of his earthly existence. Once death has occurred, the soul and spirit have left the body.

"Spiritual death" is the separation of man from God, which is brought about through a life of sin (Romans 6: 23).

Holy Scripture also speaks of a "second death" (Revelation 20: 6; 21: 8). This refers to the separation from God which will take effect after the Last Judgement.

Finally, Holy Scripture also speaks of death as a power opposed to God, which seeks to threaten and destroy physical and spiritual life alike. At times this power is figuratively personified (Revelation 6: 8).

Jesus Christ conquered death and thereby made it possible for mankind to gain access to eternal life (2 Timothy 1: 9-10). His power was already manifested when He raised people from the dead (Matthew 9: 18-26; Luke 7: 11-15; John 11: 1-45), but above all in His own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 54-57).

At the end of all things, death will be relieved of all its power (1 Corinthians 15: 26; Revelation 20: 14).

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