The Bible teaches that death is real and that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Death is the result of the fall of man that we inherited from the First Adam. According to Romans 5, “just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men.” Sin has plagued the world and the consequence of sin is a limited years of life on earth for all men. Everyone that has been born will die.
Death in the Old Testament was a physical form of judgment that God caused on certain people and nations. The Israelites were constantly rebuked by God and sometimes death was the righteous punishment by God. He alone is in control of life and death. (1 Samuel 2:6) Man does not know the day of his death, but he knows that he will die. (Genesis 27:2) God through His word reveals the reality of death. Pastor and author R. Kent Hughes notes in his book The Pastors Book that “Death is the enemy, but also an evangelist.” Since God is sovereign over death, that can only mean that He offers a hopeful alternative, life. He is life. For the righteous, death is an open door to eternal life. It is “gain” as the Apostle exclaims in Philippians. Also death for the righteous man is better than his birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
The comforting hope for the Christian is that our death is “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful ones.” (Psalms 116:15) Death is not final for the Christian nor is it for the unbeliever. The believer who has been called by God and who has repented and believed that Jesus is Lord and Savior then they are declared righteous by God because of Christ. The unbeliever who has not repented and believed in the only name that can save them from eternal death or the second death is separation from God and thrown into Hell. Therefore the reality of death should motivate the Christian to be intentional with the Gospel. It is important for us to see every opportunity that God lines us up with an unbeliever is an opportunity to share the Gospel that reconciles the unbeliever to God if they repent and believe. (Isaiah 25:8)