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In what way do we understand the word "death" in Romans 6:23?

The verse reads, "For the wages of sin is death..." Since the Bible teaches that there are three aspects of death, we must understand this verse in that light. Man is a three-part being, spirit, soul and body. 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

There is a spiritual death that has to do with man's spirit. There is a physical death that has to do with the body. There is a second death that has to do with both body and soul. Death in the Bible is always a separation. So the first death we die is physical, then follows the second death after the resurrection. This Jesus spoke of in Matthew 10:28, "Fear not him that...can kill the body, but not the soul, but...fear Him that can destroy both body and soul in hell." This is when both body and soul is cast into hell.

These three deaths are all in view in Romans 6:23. Why not trust the Saviour and not die this awful death.

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Updated March 1st, 2014 by Sandra Felix