Those who canít understand these things look at the eating of the tree and are conflicted. See: Adam sinned and didnít die. They too buy Satanís lie. So to keep their faith from falling apart, they attempt to explain it away as an invisible death Ė a spiritual death.

A spiritual death is problematic. Did Adam exhibit the evidence we all look for when we gauge a child of God? Were the fruits of the Spirit present? If so eternal life is present as well. Life precedes action. Isnít that what we teach?

If Adam can die a spiritual death, so can we.

But Adam didnít lose eternal life, because he did not have it. Adam didnít lose his spiritual life because he did not have it. Adam had not partaken of the tree of life.

Did Adam love God? The scriptures donít tell us. If we conclude Adam had a spiritual life that he could lose??? Ė then we must also conclude that eventually, in time Ė he would come to a knowledge of his love for God. We do hear from the scriptures that Adam loved Eve. Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

If he had spiritual life, he had eternal life. If he had eternal life, he could not have fallen. If he had spiritual life, HOW DID HE OBTAIN IT? Was he born again BEFORE the FALL? Nonsense. Did he partake of the Tree of Life? NO!

We know he was granted the new birth when God spoke to him evidenced by the sacrifice of animals to make coats of skin. Was Adam a child of God? Absolutely. But Adam enjoys the same new birth we did, and for the same reasons. His name had been penned in the Lambís Book of Life before the foundation of the world. It may be the first name written down, but itís in the Book.

Was Adam restored to his original state after regeneration? No. He was restored to better. Now he has eternal life Ė having been  carried through the tree of life Ė (as have we). But heís not restored to the Garden, and heís not restored to sinless perfection.

This is the state of Adam in the day that he was formed from the dust of the earth. He was sinless. He was perfect. He was human and given the capability to obey or disobey. He might have appreciated God as the creator and had great understanding of his own condition, but we have no proof he loved God, or understood holiness and righteousness. He did not fear God, so we might consider he lacked some necessary wisdom. After the fall, he was afraid. His eyes had indeed been opened, but now heís looking at God through sinful eyes and the relationship has changed.

We can draw better evidence from Adam of righteousness after the fall than before. (Remember the offerings Cain and Abel made before the Lord? Someone had to teach them the time, manner and proper sacrifice to make.)

How long until Adam and Eve were born again? Probably the same day they ate of the forbidden tree. You might think that a strange statement, but consider, (speaking of God) Hab 1:13 [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he? God very soon returns to the garden to address Adam, condemn his act, curse the serpent, declare the future, and provide animal skins for the pair. As they were the only humans on earth, the blood shed from the foundation of the world was rapidly applied here. Satan does his best to wreck Godís human creation, God answers instantly with the pre-ordained solution.

But a spiritual death? Wrong terminology.

Spiritual death. Think about this for a minute. When we die, these bodies go to the dust of the earth, the way of Adam, to await the redemption. The spirit returns to God. Weíre told these details about Rachelís death for a reason: Gen 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. When she died, her soul departed Ė to where? To God.  Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The spirit that dwells in you is God. Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Now consider this bold statement: There is no such thing as spiritual death for a child of God. The Spirit is from God, the Spirit is God, the Spirit IS eternal life and the Spirit cannot die.

Brother Royce Ellis