The Causality Between Spiritual Death and Physical Death

posted Aug 14, 2016, 8:58 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 8:59 AM ]
There is no causality between spiritual death and physical death. The two are not related; one does not cause the other neither does one influence the other. Spiritual death is defined as separation of spirit from soul and body while physical death is defined as separation of soul from body. Spiritual death was initially incurred by Adam at his fall (Genesis 2:17; 3:7) and have since been experienced by all members of the human race at physical birth [except for Jesus Christ] (1 Corinthians 15:22a). Physical death was not part of the penalty of Adam's original sin nor is it the consequence of spiritual death (Romans 6:23). In the case of Adam's physical death, he did not immediately die physically after dying spiritually (Genesis 3:7). Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years before dying physically (Genesis 5:5). The reason why Adam died physically was not because he was spiritually dead but because he was expelled from the Garden of Eden and no longer had access to the Tree of Life. Had God not blocked access to the Tree of Life for Adam, he could have lived forever in a fallen state [with a sin nature] (Genesis 3:22, 24). In the case of Jesus Christ's physical death, Jesus also did not immediately die physically after dying spiritually. He remained physically alive on the Cross for three hours after incurring spiritual death at noon (Matthew 27:45). Jesus' physical death after those three hours was not the consequence of His condition of spiritual death or the result of physical trauma or lost of blood but by an act of His own volition. Having declared His work on the Cross "finished" while He was still physically alive (John 19:30), Jesus sovereignly dismissed His soul from His body (Luke 23:46).