Does the Resurrection of Lazarus Contradict Hebrews 9:27?

We received this question:

If the Bible says "it is appointed to man once to die and then the judgment," how do we harmonize Lazarus being raised from the dead and thus having to die twice? Same question applies for anyone who was recorded in the Bible as having been raised from the dead.

While it does seem that the resurrection of Lazarus is a contradiction to the verse in Hebrews 9:27, it is not. The verse in Hebrews speaks of the ultimate end of every man, when it says that man will die once.

When Adam sinned in the Garden, God imposed death as the consequence of his sin, and in Romans it is confirmed that the "wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). That means that Adam, and everyone born since, has this judgment upon them. The death imposed was both a spiritual death and a physical death. In the application of Hebrews 9:27, we must begin by remembering that we are born spiritually dead because of sin. That is why Jesus said, "You must be born again" (John 3:7). Jesus was speaking of spiritual rebirth and Hebrews 9:27 is speaking of physical death ... and the verse declares only one physical death.

If that is the case, how could Lazarus (and others) be raised from the dead, to live again and die a second physical death? The simple answer is that they, who were resurrected and brought back to life, were resurrected by a miracle of God. In doing this God set aside the natural order of what physical life has been since the fall of man: "It is appointed unto man once to die..." That is something only God can do, as the Giver of Life and the Almighty and All Powerful Creator.

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