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Psalm 115:17 (b) Probably this refers to unsaved people who are dead in their sins. For those who are spiritually dead, see Luke 9:60; 1 Timothy 5:6; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Judges 1:12.

Matthew 8:22 (b) Here those who are spiritually dead are requested to bury those who are physically dead. The undertaker may be dead to GOD, having no Saviour, no eternal life, and has never been born again. He is described as dead to GOD. The friend whom he is to take care of in death is physically dead. That one lies helpless in the casket. So he, the undertaker, pays no attention to GOD.

Luke 15:24 (b) The word is used here to describe the separation and the break in fellowship that occurred between a loving father and his rebellious son. Selfishness and a desire for sinful pleasure caused the son to turn away and go into the far country. The communion was broken. The boy was still the child of his father, but was a rebellious son. This aspect of "death" is found also in Revelation 3:1.

Romans 6:11 (a) This word is used to describe the attitude of a true believer toward sin, wickedness and evil. (See also Colossians 3:3,1Pe 2:24).

Colossians 2:13 (a) Again as in Matthew 8:22, the Holy Spirit describes the condition of the unsaved soul in the sight of GOD. GOD speaks to the sinner, but there is no response. He calls him, but there is no reply. He commands him, but there is no obedience. He loves him, but receives no affection in return. The soul is dead toward GOD.

Hebrews 6:1 (a) These works are those which have no value in GOD's sight, and do not produce GOD's life in the experience of others. They are nearly always religious works, which are observed by those in false religions. They have no spiritual value whatever. (See also Hebrews 9:14).

Revelation 20:14 (a) When the soul is forever cast out of GOD's presence after the final judgment of the Great White Throne, this is characterized as "the second death."

The first death is the physical death when the soul is separated from the body, and can no longer go to church services, nor hear songs, nor see the flowers, nor mingle among Christians.

The second death takes place when that disembodied soul which has been in hell since its first death, is taken out of hell, is reunited with his body in the second resurrection, is judged at the Great White Throne in his body, and then both body and soul are cast into the lake of fire, to be punished forever in conscious torment. Never again can that person see or have any relationship whatever with the GOD and the Saviour who would have saved him had he trusted Him.

In this passage the figure used by the Holy Spirit is "the container for the thing contained."

The "grave," called in this passage death, gives up the body and hell gives up the soul. Just as the believer in the first resurrection goes to the Judgment Seat of CHRIST in his body to be judged, so the sinner in the second resurrection and in his body is judged at the Great White Throne and forever cast out of GOD's presence.

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Dead'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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