Category Archives: Death and hell

By what kind of death did Jesus die? What death do all humans face?

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected. This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled. (John 18:31-32) The Jews insisted, ” We … Continue reading

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How can someone die and never die?

When Martha went to meet Jesus, after her brother, Lazarus, has died, she told Jesus that she believed confidently in the general resurrection of all people. Martha’s faith in resurrection is similar to many people today, who believe confidently in … Continue reading

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Why did God not simply decide to restore fallen man?

I’ve been reading Stephen Charnock (1628-1680 & assistant minister to Thomas Watson at Bishopsgate Street) on the knowledge of Christ Crucified. Charnock asks, why didn’t God simply restore man after the fall: Suppose God might have pardoned sin, and recovered … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Erskine on What sort of life springs out of the Tree of Life

If you have read this blog for many years, then you’ll know that I take Genesis 2:17 literally.  God said “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of … Continue reading

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What did God mean when he said “you will surely die”?

My second lecture at MMTC last week focused on personal eschatology and in particular the question; what did God mean when he said “you shall surely die”? In Genesis 2:17 the Hebrew term for “you shall surely die” is môt … Continue reading

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môt Tämût as execution by royal decree

It’s no wonder Adam tried to hide from God in the garden as Adam expected to be executed as soon as his guilt was established. I first found this understanding of death as execution in Hamilton’s commentary on Genesis 2:17 … Continue reading

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Genesis 2:17 and the trial and execution of Christ

In a previous post I drew a distinction between natural death and judicial death at the fall. The same sort of distinction is made in Pierced for our Transgressions: The nature of death What is the nature of the ‘death’ … Continue reading

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