John 11:25-26 (YLT):
25 Jesus said to her, `I am the rising again, and the life; he who is believing in me, even if he may die, shall live;
26 and every one who is living and believing in me shall not die -- to the age;
Eschatologically speaking, we know that people can experience two deaths: the first death (bodily death) and the second death (on Judgement Day). We also know from Revelation 2:11 that "he that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death". However, I'm not entirely sure if Jesus is simply talking about "avoiding the second death" here. Is it possible that Jesus' words have implications regarding what happens to a person immediately after death (i.e. the intermediate state between the first death and Judgement Day)? In other words, that a genuine believer in Christ, although they may die physically, remains alive spiritually in some manner in the intermediate state? And if that's the case, what would it mean to be "alive" after (physical) death?
I cannot help but quote two other passages that may shed additional light on this discussion:
Matthew 10:28 (YLT):
28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna.
Luke 20:35-38 (YLT):
35 but those accounted worthy to obtain that age, and the rising again that is out of the dead, neither marry, nor are they given in marriage; 36 for neither are they able to die any more -- for they are like messengers -- and they are sons of God, being sons of the rising again. 37 `And that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the Bush, since he doth call the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; 38 and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.'
Question: Can we draw any conclusion from Jesus' words in John 11:25-26 about the state of believers immediately after their physical death (first death)? Do physically dead believers remain alive spiritually, and if so, what does that mean?