We often think of death as a punishment. This is most certainly correct in one regard. Adam suffered the death penalty when he sinned. Sin brought the sting of death.
However, the Bible also talks about another role for death. It is the prerequisite for the new creation. Two examples of this teaching are:
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:36-38
Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
In these passages, the seed goes into the ground in order to bring about life. It brings about a new type of life. It brings about glory.
We see this, of course, in the second chapter of Genesis. Adam is put into a death-sleep, and God makes Eve from this. Woman is the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11:7), and so we see that Adam died in order to bring about glory.
This ought to make us question our particular thoughts on death and eschatology. What was Adam’s primary goal? What is our goal? What did the law do?
Thoughts to be thunk.