Colossians 3:3 KJV
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
What a startling statement!
God warned Adam and Eve that the day they ate the fruit they were forbidden to eat that they would surely die.
· The man who is not saved is dead and trespasses and sins
· The wages of sin is death
· Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death
· Death and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire
And the Christian is - according to Paul - dead.
Death, in this sense then, is a mark of faith. It is a finished work. Through of the death of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection that followed, we who are believers have tasted the judgment of death and await only the resurrection to eternal life.