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Life After Death

Lesson 9

Marking Code: LD
Marking Color: Brown
Key Text: Job 14:14

 

  1. Job 14:14. What is death? Is it as final as it seems? Or is there something better beyond the tearful goodbyes? If a man dies, will he live again? Men and women have been asking this question as long as death has existed. The Bible has the only source of authoritative information on this important question.

 

  1. Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:4. The devil told the first lie to Eve in the Garden of Eden-“You shall not surely die.” God had said that death would result if Adam and Eve disobeyed Him and ate the forbidden fruit. However, the devil contradicted god. That first lie continues today in the common belief that when a person dies, he or she (a person’s soul) continues to live in some form.

 

  1. Ezekiel 18:4,20. Souls do die! The bible often uses the word “soul” to mean simply “a person,” “a human being.”

 

  1. 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15,16. Only God is immortal.

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54. Human beings receive immortality only at Jesus’ second coming.

 

  1. Matthew 24:23,24. The last days will be a time of deception. Satan is particularly eager to deceive us regarding what happens after death because a misunderstanding here opens the way for him to introduce a multitude of deceptions.

 

Leviticus 20:27. God warns us against consulting those who claim to be able to communicate with the dead.

 

  1. Ecclesiastes 9: 5, 6. What happens to a person when he or she dies? The Bible is clear that when a person dies, they know nothing. They cease to exist; their feelings and emotions come to an end; they have no part in what happens on earth.

 

Psalm 146:3,4. Their thoughts perish.

Psalm 115:17. The dead no not praise God.

 

  1. Acts 2:34. Peter specifically says that David (who had died centuries earlier) had not gone to heaven.

 

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:7. When a person dies his or her body returns to dust, and the “spirit” returns to God. What is this “spirit.” Moreover, what does it mean that it returns to God?

 

  1. Genesis 2:7. At Creation, God made Adam out of the dust of the earth (the body) and breathed into him the breath (spirit) of life. The result of this combination is a “living being” (some translations of the Bible say, a “living soul.” So body + God’s life-giving spirit = a living human being. At death, the process is reversed. The body returns to the earth; God takes back His life-giving spirit; and the living soul – or living being-ceases to exist. Nowhere in the Bible is the word “soul” used to mean a conscious, intelligent entity, capable of existence apart from the body.

 

  1. Luke 23:42,43. Didn’t Jesus tell the repentant thief on the cross that he would go to heaven with Him that very day when he and Jesus died? Actually, Jesus didn’t go to Paradise that very day of the crucifixion-Friday. He told Mary on Sunday morning-two days later-that He hadn’t yet ascended to His Father in heaven. (John 20:17). Jesus was assuring the thief, “I tell you this very day when all seems to be failure that you will be with me in heaven.” He didn’t tell him that they would be in heaven that very day; Jesus told him that very day that they would be together someday in heaven.

 

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Good News! The righteous people who have died will live again-when Jesus returns. Until then, they sleep in the grave-unconscious, waiting for their Lord to raise them to immortal life.

 

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