Bible Summary. Spiritual death is separation from God because of sin. God tells us that a sinful soul will die a spiritual death. We were all born with a sin nature that leads to spiritual death without Christ. The spiritual dead do not understand Christ and do not follow Christ. The spiritual dead are carnal minded and do not value spiritual things. A carnal-minded person is spiritually dead. See below for scriptures and Biblical commentary concerning spiritual death and the causes of spiritual death.
Spiritual Death is Caused By Sin
Spiritual death is separation from God because of sin. From a Christian perspective this is a death experience that we face everyday. Mankind first suffered spiritual death when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Ephesians 2:1 advises us that spiritual death is a result of unrepentant sin.
Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”
Spiritual Death Is a Condition of Human Nature.
Humans have a sin nature. A sin nature is basically a nature that is disobedient to God. We were all born with a sin nature that can be traced back through our ancestors all the way back to Adam and Eve. This tendency for us to disobey God, our sin nature, continues today in that it was passed down from our forefathers. Romans 5:12 advises us how sin has entered into all of mankind.
Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
God Has Ordained That The Soul Who Sins Shall Suffer Spiritual Death.
God tells us that a sinful soul will die a spiritual death. An unrepentant sinner may still be physically alive, but from God’s perspective this person is spiritually dead. Ezekiel 18:4 advises us that the soul that sins shall die.
Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
The Spiritual Dead Do Not Follow Christ.
The spiritual dead do not understand Christ and do not follow Christ. The spiritual dead are in a sinful state at odds with God. Their sin has resulted in disobedience to God as well as separation from God. In Jesus tells us of the living who are dead, spiritually dead, and who do not follow Christ.
Matthew 8:22, “But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
A Carnal Mind Results in Spiritual Death.
If we do not value spiritual things, we retain a carnal mind. A carnal-minded person is spiritually dead. While a spiritually-minded person who values truth, goodness, and love, has life and peace. Romans 8:6 advises us that a carnal mind is spiritually dead while a spiritual mind has life and peace.
Romans 8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”