Death

The cessation of life and the state that follows. The Scriptures speak of: (1) the first death, the common lot of all humans as the natural result of Adam’s sin ( Rom. 5:12 ; 1 Cor. 15:22 ; Heb. 9:27 ); (2) “the second death,” the “wages,” or penalty of sin, at the end of the millennium ( Rom. 6:23 ; Rev. 2:11 ; 20:14 ; 21:8 ); (3) spiritual death “in trespasses and sins,” the condition of those who have never accepted Christ, or who, having accepted Him, fall away ( Rom. 8:6 ; Eph. 2:1 , 5 , 6 ; Col. 2:13 ; 1 Tim. 5:6 ); and (4) death to sin, which accompanies the new birth ( Rom. 6:2–11 ; Gal. 2:20 ; Col. 2:13 ; 1 Peter 2:24 ; 1 John 3:14 ). This article is concerned with the first and second deaths. Seventh-day Adventists conceive of humanity as an integral unity in whic...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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