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“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power” (Revelation 20:6).

Just as there are two resurrections, there are two deaths. But not everyone will experience two deaths. Those in the first resurrection, the saved, will only face one death; those in the second resurrection, the unsaved, will face two deaths. Death never means annihilation. It means separation. Once created, you will always exist. Physical death is the separation of the body from the spirit. Spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God.

The first death is physical death and everyone will experience this except for those who are alive at the rapture. We are all appointed unto a day of death (Hebrews 9:27) where our spirits will be separated from our bodies.

The second death is the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14), the final Hell where the unsaved will forever be separated from God and all His mercy and goodness (I Thessalonians 1:8-9). It is a place of God’s wrath against sin and against the rejection of His Son Jesus. It is a place of torment, not pleasure. It is a place of darkness, not light. It is a place of hopelessness, not joy. Jesus spoke a lot about Hell, a place He created. Read His words about it.

Believers won’t have a second death. Jesus suffered the second death for us on the cross (Mark 15:34) so that we wouldn’t have to. And because we are saved by Him, we only face the first death. Our eternal abode is Heaven with all its wonderful pleasures and blessings.

If you’re not saved, Jesus invites you to His kingdom home. “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17). Be saved and escape the second death.

On Friday March 27 at 7PM, First Baptist Church in Gray will host “Grand Ole Opry Gospel Night”. The event is free but seating is limited and reservations are needed. Contact fbcgray.org/events or call the church (986-3098) for reservation information.