The 2nd Death And Justification

Baptism And The 2nd Death

We all know the death that comes to us at the end of our lives. This death is guaranteed to us in Adam because of the sin nature passed down to us. But there is another death that many are not so familiar with. It is called the 2nd death. This is not a death to our body, but a death to our soul. Unbelievers die this 2nd death in the lake of fire after their resurrection. Believers die this 2nd death in the baptism of fire of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a death to the old self, which is the sin nature. Let's take a look at the scriptures. 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20 (Being crucified with Christ is dying with Christ. This is the 2nd death of believers. When Christ lives in you because of your faith, you have the Holy Spirit and you're a new creation in Christ.)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:22-24 (Putting off the old self is the death of your sin nature. Putting on the new self is clothing yourself with Christ as a new creation in Christ.)

We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. Rom. 6:2-13 (Baptism is symbolic of death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is a proclamation of what has recently already happened. You died to self, to sin, or to the sin nature. You are buried with Christ, and raised to new life in Christ. This death to self is the 2nd death of believers.)

“Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” 1 Peter 4:1

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Col. 3:1-10 (You put to death your old self which is the life you once lived. The new self in Christ is in a process of transforming to Christ likeness.)

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col. 2:11-12 (Death to the fresh, which is the sin nature, is the 2nd death. Buried with Chriat in baptism and raised through his resurrection as a brand new creation with new life.)

It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: 2 Tim. 2:11-12 (Being dead in him is the 2nd death of believers.)

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:34-37 (What does it mean to take up your cross? It means to willingly walk to your death. Not your physical death, but the death of your soul, your old self. You must be willing to destroy your sin natured soul in death, and only then are you worthy to be his disciple and save your life.)

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt. 10:28 (Mankind can not kill your sin nature. Hell, specifically Gehenna, is a depiction of the lake of fire. God can destroy body and the sin nature in the lake of fire.)

The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:23-25 
(You must die the 2nd death to experience eternal life.)

And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. 5:24 (Anyone in Christ, has died the 2nd death of believers by killing the flesh, which is the sin nature.)

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Matt. 3:13-15 
(Many wonder why Christ had to be baptized, as he had no sin and no need for repentance from sin. The reason is that Christ died this 2nd death as well denying himself daily, and being obedient unto death. He destroyed the sin nature to perfection. But he did die to it in baptism.)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:3-7 (Jesus is saying that in order to enter the kingdom, you must die to your sin nature and live in Christ likeness. This is called sanctification.)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1Pet. 1:3
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, 1 Pet. 1:23 

He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. Heb. 1:10-12

But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Pet. 2:20-21 

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Heb. 5:8 

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Cor. 4:16-17

Male Federal Headship In Christ

Federal headship in Adam means that Adam represented all of mankind as all came from Adam genetically and therefore his sin was imputed to the rest of mankind. In order to escape this we must have a savior. We must have a new federal head to represent us. When we have faith in Christ we become in Christ and no longer in Adam. This happens because we become a new creation in Christ. The old self has died(or will die), the new self is now in Christ through faith.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Cor. 5:17 
("In Christ" means you have died to you old self of sin. You then become a new creation apart from the federal headship of Adam and into the federal headship of Christ.)

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:18 (What "birth" is occurring here? It is the new creation "in Christ" that you become when you accept Jesus as your savior through the word.)

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Gal. 3:26-27 
(When you are "in Christ" through faith and baptism, you are clothed with his righteousness and atoned for with his blood.)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Col. 1:27-28 (The mystery revealed is us being under the federal headship of Christ by being "in Christ." We die to self, are buried with Christ in baptism, and raised with Christ in new life and thereby defeating death through Christ.)

The First And Last Adam

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: 1 Cor. 15:22-23 (Clearly the 1st "all" means all, as all mankind suffered that effect of Adam's sin that led to the curse of death on all mankind. The 2nd "all" must also mean all, that all mankind will be blessed with the reverse effect of being made alive through Christ's death and resurrection. Each in their own order is referencing the fact that this won't all happen at the same time. It will happen through the resurrection of the righteous first,  then later through the resurrection of the unbelievers. For those that object that "in Christ" only means those in Christ, that is fine as we will see that all will eventually be made alive "in Christ" just as the verse says.)

“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, so also through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” Romans 5:18; see also the surrounding verses 12-21 (Romans makes this clear speaking of the first Adam's transgression and its affect on all mankind, then the last Adam, being Jesus, reversing the effect of the first Adam's sin with the one act of righteousness by his death on the cross. There is a direct correlation in the effect of Adam's sin and the greater reversal effect of Jesus's saving act on the cross for all the sins of mankind.)

“One died for all, therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14

Children Of The Resurrection

And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:51-57


Justification is God's act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time making a sinner righteous through Christ's atoning sacrifice. People often confuse justification and sanctification. Confusing the two and not properly categorizing scripture under the correct label causes unnecessary confusion. There is only 1 doctrine that determines one's justification, and that is whether or not Jesus is your Lord and savior. Nothing else matters. All other doctrine fall under the category of sanctification,  which is also important. But we need to know what does and doesn't justify someone in God's eyes.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been savedAnd God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:4-10 (Grace through faith is what saves us, or justifies us. Works do not justify us, they never have. But works are important under the category of sanctification.)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Rom 5:1-11 (Only faith in Christ justifies us. This means are sins are wiped clean and we are clothed with his righteousness and therefore made perfect before God.)

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Rom 5:18-19 (Forget about all those things people argue about regarding who is saved and who isn't. One righteous act did what? It resulted in justification and life for all people. It must be received by faith, but we will see that that is not a problem for God to fulfill his promises.)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor. 5:21(We are clothed with Christ's righteousness and have justification through his death.)

This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Rom. 4:22-25 (Belief, or faith , credits us with Christ's righteousness and justification before God.)

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Rom. 3:22-26
 (It should be very clear that only 1 thing justifies us with forgiveness of sins and imputed Christ righteousness, that is faith in Christ as our Lord and savior.)