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“7 Words That We Must Know – Topic: Lesson on Lost”

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Good evening! We again welcome you to our Thursday evening Bible Study. We will go ahead and pray, and then we will get right into our lesson.

     The Bible has a lot to say about “rewards” and “punishment”. Both are mentioned a whole lot in God’s word.

     To highlight the latter, there are “7” words, that we must be familiar with, in order to fully understand what God meant when He told Adam about the “punishment” for sin.

     1). Genesis 2:17- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

  • What God Did Not Say

1). God did not say that a person would simply die, and then his life would be over. 

     No! Something will happen after we die. 

     QUESTION: ___ Yes   ___ No  Are you personally prepared for what will happen after you die?

2). God did not say that once a man dies, there is the possibility for him to go to a temporary place, learn how to do better, then once man becomes better, he will then be a candidate for heaven. There is not a finishing school or preparatory academy after death. 

3). God did not say that one day man would (simply) take his final breath, and forever stop living. 

     It is certain that man will do two things:

          a). Man will __________. __________ breathing

          b). Man will __________. __________ into eternity. 

  • 7 Words That We Must Know

     In order for us to better understand the Bible, there are “7” words that we must be familiar with. If we are to fully understand the conversation that God and Adam had, concerning man’s future, after Adam ate the forbidden fruit, then we must know the following 7 words.

       These 7 words are: Death, Lost, Condemnation, Guilt, Perdition, Punishment and Eternal. 

1). Death

     THREE QUESTIONS: 

          1). What is your definition of death? _____________________________________________.

          2). What is God’s definition of death? ____________________________________________.

          3). Does God and you share the same definition of death? __________.

  • God’s Definition of Death

     We normally think that man will die “once”. But God says that this will happen “twice”. 

         1). Revelation 20:14- And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

     This means that it is possible for a person to die “twice”. 

     We also know that it is possible for a person to be born “twice”.

          1). John 3:3-4; 7- Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

At this point allow me to pose a question. Please indicate your answer by placing a check mark on one of the two lines:  How many times do you personally plan to die? ___ Once   ___ Twice 

                  Again, notice what God promised would happen if Adam ate of the forbidden fruit:

         2). Genesis 2:16-17- 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

OUTCOMES: 

     A). You have already died “spiritually”. This happens only ONCE, but it can be reversed. And for the Christian, the reversal has already taken place.

     B). You willdie “physically”. This will also be reversed for everyone one day. Our physical bodies will be resurrected. This also happens only ONCE. 

     C). You may possibly die “eternally”. This is what God calls the “second death”. 

  • The 3 Time Periods

      1). Eternity Past- This is everything that happened “before” man was created. 

          a). Job 38:4; 21-Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it.  21 I am sure you can, because you’re so old and were there when the world was made

      2). Time- A period called “time” was created by God.God created “time”. There was a time, when “time” did not exist. 

          a). Genesis 1:14- And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

          b). Revelation 10:6- And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

      3). Eternity Future- Everyone will personally experience both “time” and “eternity future”. Eternity future begins the moment a person “physically” expires. The believer goes to heaven. The unbeliever goes to hell. 

          a). Revelation 21:1;4- And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

          b). Isaiah 65:17- For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 

  • Explanation of the Three Types of Death

1). Spiritual Death- This is separation of man from God. We were born this way. We all have experienced this ONCE. But it was reversed, for any person who accepted Jesus as their personal savior. 

               a). Luke 15:24- For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

          2). Physical Death- This is separation of the soul (spirit) from the body. 

               a). James 2:26a– For as the body without the spirit is dead,

          3). The Second Death (Eternal Death)- This is eternal separation from God.The second death has been “reserved” for different groups. 

               a). Death and Hell

                    1). Revelation 20:14- And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the         second death.     

               b). Unbelieving Human Beings

                    2). Revelation 20:15- And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

               c). Satan, the fallen Angels, the beast, and the false prophet.

                    3). Revelation 20:10- And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

                    4). Matthew 25:41; 46- 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: