16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
It is a common belief in the body of Christ that Adam and Eve tasted spiritual death when they fell. According to those who teach it, it is because of what God said in Genesis 2:17. But was God really saying they would die spiritually if they ate the fruit?
One thing worth noting is that anything that happens in the spirit is eternal. We have eternal life because the life of the Father is spiritual. It’s even the more reason there is no salvation for Satan. As a fallen angel and a spiritual being, the state he became after his fall was permanent.
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
We have to appreciate the fact that God created the human race as natural beings. There was nothing spiritual about Adam. He was made from the ground and animated by breath. He was created to live by sight.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
Adam was made out of the ground by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the only man who came from heaven. If Adam had died spiritually, the entire human race would have been lost, and salvation impossible.
The first man was indeed created in the image and likeness of God, but he was only the natural version of a spiritual being. The difference between the first man Adam and God was the fact that the latter is spiritual and the former was natural.
The Only Time Anyone Can Taste Spiritual Death Is After Judgment
8 But the cowardly, [e]unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
If the claim that Adam and his wife tasted spiritual death after the fall is true, then it means that they already died twice – spiritual death after the fall and natural death after old age. But we find in the book of Revelation 21:8 that the second death will be an experience for those who will be in the lake of fire. The experience in the lake of fire should have been the third death if Adam had already died spiritually – but we find it is described as the second death. The second death, therefore, is spiritual death.
That is why the second death is eternal, and there will be no salvation for anyone who finds him/herself in the lake of fire. Adam never experienced spiritual death. This is significant because it helps us to appreciate the importance of what Jesus did for the world. Through the power of the gospel, we have escaped eternal damnation prepared for those who will have their part in the lake of fire.
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made[i] of dust; the second Man is [j]the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:45-47
Can you imagine what would have happened to the human race if Adam was made a spiritual being at the beginning? He would have been lost in the same way Satan was. His nature made it possible to receive salvation.
So Adam and his wife never had a taste of spiritual death. This is good to know so that we can rank up our evangelism efforts. No one has to die eternally when God has made eternal life available. It will be a great disservice not to tell someone about Christ. The place to receive salvation is right here on earth. Jesus has saved you to share the good news with others. Stay blessed
Read Further: Proverbs 8:36, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-9
Prayer For Today
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for saving me from spiritual death. I thank you for making me an ambassador of this glorious news. Thank you for giving me your life and peace. Thank you for the grace to share with others. Amen