Death is a reality for everyone in the human race (Heb. 9:27). Whenever the Bible speaks of death, it refers to the physical death of the body, not the soul. The body may die, but the soul, the life-principle of man, lives on (Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:4-5). Death may be defined as the end of physical life through the separation of soul and body (James 2:26).
The body was made from the elements of the dust, at death the body returns to dust (Gen. 3:19). Physical death results from sin. Through the sin of Adam in the garden, death spread to the entire human race; no one is exempted (Rom. 5:12). Death is the “wages” of sin (Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:56).
Luke 16:19-31 describes how continued existence of both Lazarus and the rich man after death. Lazarus, the poor beggar, continued on in eternal bliss, described as “Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22), while the rich man was in eternal torment in Hades (Luke 16:23). To all believers, death means to “be absent from the body and to be home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).
Realize that Death is gain. “To die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Paul had no fear of death. If he was living, it meant living in fellowship and service for Christ; if he died, it was advantageous. If Christianity is true “which I believe it is” believers don’t really die, we just change locations. It will be a glorious day when I get to be in the presence of God!