Glossary: Dead

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Inactive (alive would therefore mean “Active.” Also note: Putting something to “death” would mean rendering it inactive. Giving “life” to something would mean empowering it to activity.)


  • When the “work” of sin was very prevalent in Paul, he called this work “sin becoming alive” (reviving). And when Paul claimed that he was “no longer working”, he calls this his death. So “work” and “life” are used synonymously. And “not working” and “death” are used synonymously.

Romans 7:8-9 (NKJV)  But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9  I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.  VERSE 17)  But now, it is no longer I who do [work] it, but sin that dwells in me.

  • Our flesh being put to death (crucified) by the Holy Spirit is also referred to as the body being made “useless” (meaning idle, not operating, not being used).

Galatians 5:24 (KJV)  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh [death] with the affections and lusts.

Romans 6:6 (YLT) …this knowing, that our old man was crucified [death] with him , that the body of the sin may be made useless [idle], for our no longer serving the sin…

  • When Paul refers to himself being “crucified (dead) with Christ,” he defines that as him no longer living (inactive).

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) I have been crucified [dead] with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…

  • The death that came through Adam is referred to as “inutility” (not in use). 

Romans 5:12 (KJV) 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…

Romans 8:20-21 (KJV)  For the creature was made subject to vanity [inutility,not useful, not in use], not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

  • Death and stone (which means still) are used synonymously (see definition for Stone).

1 Samuel 25:37 (KJV)  But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

Exodus 15:16 (KJV) Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone

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