Scripture Reading: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power. —Revelation 20:6a
Summary: Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden brought the curse of death upon mankind. This death, the first death, was both physical and spiritual. Jesus Christ came to this world that through His death and resurrection mankind would have an antidote to the twofold consequence of sin. The first resurrection is the spiritual resurrection that occurs through salvation and the second resurrection is the literal, physical resurrection that will occur at the end of time. While there is a remedy for the first death, for those that do not accept Christ and partake of the spiritual resurrection, there will be no remedy for the curse of the final and second death which is eternal damnation in hell.
I. Consequence of Sin in the Garden of Eden
A. Genesis 2:9 Two special trees in the Garden of Eden.
B. Genesis 2:16-17 Benefits and consequences of the two trees.
II. A Twofold Death
A. Romans 5:12 Death is a consequence of Adam’s sin.
B.Genesis 3:19 Physical death.
C. Genesis 3:22, 24 Adam kept from the tree of life.
D. Romans 6:23 Wages of sin is death.
E. Genesis 3:6-7 Innocence lost through sin.
F. Psalms 51:5 Depravity of man.
G.Isaiah 59:2 Iniquity separates from God.
III. Spiritual Death & Spiritual Resurrection
A. Luke 15:24 Prodigal son.
B. John 5:24-25 Passed from death unto life.
C. Ephesians 2:1, 5-6 Those dead in sin were quickened.
D. Romans 5:8-21 Death by Adam. Salvation through Christ.
E. John 11:25-26 Life through Christ.
IV. Physical Death & Physical Resurrection
A. John 5:28-29 Resurrection from the dead.
B. 1 Corinthians 15:26 Death is the last enemy.
C. 1 Corinthians 15:42-57 Physical resurrection.
V. The Second Death
A. Revelation 20:12-15 Second death is eternal damnation.
B. Matthew 22:13 Weeping and gnashing of teeth.
C. Luke 16:23-24 Hell is a place of torment.
D. Mark 9:43-44 The fire will never be quenched.
VI. Partakers in the Second Death
A. Revelation 21:8 The unrighteous.
B. Revelation 2:11 The overcomer will not be hurt.
C. Revelation 20:6 No power over the saved.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. —Revelation 2:11