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There are two kinds of death spoken of in the bible, physical death and spiritual death.  Physical death is separation of the soul from the body.  Spiritual death is separation from God and is infinitely more important to be free from than physical death (Matt 10:28).  We will be looking at spiritual death which everyone is under until they come to Christ.  And even when we are in Christ we can still come under the influences of the spirit of death.  Some people worship death, others find comfort hiding in death but either way they become prisoners of death.  Spiritual death acts like a prison and does not release its prisoners willingly.

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so [physical & spiritual] death spread to all men because all sinned

Romans 6:16
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to [spiritual] death...?

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is [spiritual] death...

Romans 8:6
to set the mind on the flesh is [spiritual] death

1 John 3:24
Whoever does not love abides in [spiritual] death

 

Psalm 18:4-5
4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; 5 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 49:14
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.

Psalm 55:4
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

Psalm 55:15
Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

Psalm 107:10
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,

Psalm 107:14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.

Psalm 107:18
they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

Psalm 116:3
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

Psalm 116:8
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;

Proverbs 2:18
for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;

Proverbs 5:5
Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol;

Proverbs 7:27
Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 8:36
but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 21:6
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Isaiah 25:8
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 28:15
Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;

Hosea 13:14
I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

Habakkuk 2:5
“Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.”

Luke 1:79
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

Romans 6:9
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Romans 6:10
For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

Romans 6:13
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Romans 6:16
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Romans 6:21
But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 7:5
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

Romans 7:10
The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

Romans 7:13
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

Romans 7:24
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:6
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:13
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

1 Corinthians 15:21
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:54
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:55
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

2 Corinthians 2:16
to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

2 Corinthians 4:10
always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 4:11
For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:12
So death is at work in us, but life in you.

2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Colossians 3:5
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

2 Timothy 1:10
and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

Hebrews 2:14
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

Hebrews 2:15
and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

James 5:20
let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit

1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

Revelation 1:18
and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Revelation 2:10
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Revelation 2:11
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

Revelation 6:8
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:13
And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.

Revelation 20:14
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:8
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 

The Solution

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ESV
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days...”

Freedom in Christ

Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself [Jesus] likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

Romans 8:2-6 ESV
2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit [a choice]. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Love Overcomes Death

1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

Characteristics of Being Free from Death

Hope

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Joy

1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory

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