The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 39


What is the biblical view of death?


Death per se is a condition of separation. According to the Bible, there are only two kinds of death. First, there is physical death, which involves the temporary separation of the spirit from the body. In the resurrection, the body is later rejoined with the human spirit. Second, there is spiritual death or the eternal separation of the human spirit from God. This condition has no remedy.

Death is not good—it has never been good. Physical death—separation from the body—is not good since man is left “unclothed” (2 Corinthians 5:4; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15) and in an unnatural state. Spiritual death—separation from God—is also obviously not good since it is eternal.

“Death” and “life” are irreconcilable and opposite conditions of existence in both this life and the next. Apart from Christ, death leads to one thing only—eternal judgment (“It is given for man to die once and then comes judgment” Hebrews 9:27). But with Christ, death leads to life: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). And, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24).