Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000015
01:12 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:13 Father in heaven, thank You so much for the privilege,
01:17 once again, to come to this place and study Your Word.
01:23 And as we study about the Keys To the Mystery Of Life and
01:29 Death, we ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit.
01:32 We know that this is a very important subject in this
01:36 day and age, so we ask that You will give us understanding,
01:39 and that You will give us hope.
01:41 And we thank You for hearing our prayer for we ask it
01:44 in Jesus' name, Amen.
01:47 One of the greatest questions, one of the greatest existential
01:53 questions that have ever been asked is the question
01:57 that Job asked many, many millennia ago.
02:03 If a man die, shall he live again?
02:08 In our study today we're going to discuss
02:11 the mysteries of life and death.
02:15 And basically what we're going to do is study this subject
02:20 in ten specific points.
02:23 And I want to tell you where we're going as we begin,
02:26 so that when we get there we know that we have covered
02:30 all of the ground.
02:31 The first point that we want to study is what is life?
02:38 Than after we've determined what life is, we want to go
02:43 and ask the question, What is the body of man?
02:48 What is the body of man?
02:50 And that might be self-explanatory, but we're
02:52 going to examine what the Bible has to say about the body.
02:55 In the third place, we want to examine what
02:59 the spirit of man is.
03:01 What is the spirit?
03:04 In the fourth place we want to examine what the Bible
03:08 defines as the soul.
03:10 What is a soul, and what happens when a person dies,
03:15 with the soul? The fifth point that we want to analyze is:
03:20 How could life be perpetuated at the very beginning?
03:24 Did man have an immortal soul, or was there an external source
03:29 of life that man needed to partake of?
03:32 The sixth point that we want to study is what is death,
03:37 according to scripture?
03:38 The seventh point that we want to deal with is where does man
03:44 go when he dies? Where do women go when they die?
03:49 Point number eight, if we die is there hope of living again?
03:56 Point number nine, when will death be totally eradicated
04:03 from the universe?
04:04 And finally, why is this subject that we are studying
04:10 so important to understand in this day and age?
04:14 And so we have our work cut out for us.
04:18 We have to travel very quickly, but I hope very thoroughly,
04:23 and we're going to attempt to answer every single
04:26 one of these questions.
04:28 Now lets begin by asking, What Is Life?
04:32 Go with me to Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:7.
04:39 Here we find a description of the creation of man.
04:44 And notice what we are told by Moses,
04:49 under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It says there:
05:11 Or a living being, as it says in the New King James Version.
05:15 Now I want you to notice here that when God created Adam
05:20 He formed him out of the dust of the ground, then He breathed
05:27 into his nostrils the breath of life,
05:29 and Adam became a living soul.
05:33 I want you to notice that this text does not tell us
05:37 that God gave Adam a soul.
05:40 We are not told that Adam had a soul.
05:44 We are told that Adam was a soul.
05:49 The soul was the totality of Adam.
05:53 The body, plus the breath, was equal to the soul.
05:59 The soul was not something that Adam had inside of himself;
06:03 in his totality he was a soul.
06:06 The dust plus the breath equaled soul.
06:12 Now we want to go to our second point,
06:15 and that is, What is the body composed of?
06:20 Who made the body?
06:22 Notice Isaiah 64:8.
06:27 By the way, we just noticed that God formed Adam
06:31 out of the dust of the ground.
06:33 Now we're going to get an additional glimpse
06:37 of what creation was like.
06:39 Isaiah 64:8. Here we find a description of creation,
06:47 and it says this:
07:04 So notice that this verse tells us that we are made out of clay,
07:09 potters clay. Now it's interesting to notice that
07:14 in the story of creation God spoke everything into existence.
07:19 But when He formed man He took dust, wet dust, clay,
07:24 and He formed the body of man, and then
07:27 breathed into his nostrils.
07:30 And so, according to this text in Isaiah 64:8,
07:34 we are all composed of dust, or of clay,
07:39 in our physical nature.
07:40 That is, our body is composed of clay.
07:44 Now lets talk a little bit about the spirit, or the breath that
07:50 God gave to Adam when He was created.
07:54 Now there are two words in the Hebrew
07:56 which are very closely related.
07:58 One is the Hebrew word, neshama, which is the word
08:04 that is translated breath here, breath of live, in Genesis 2:7.
08:10 But there's another Hebrew word which is basically synonymous
08:15 to neshama, and it is the word ruach.
08:19 The word neshama is always translated in the King James
08:25 breath, whereas the word ruach is usually translated spirit,
08:31 but spirit and breath are actually interchangeable.
08:35 Now I want you to notice Job 33:4 on the spirit, Job 33:4.
08:45 Here you'll see the synonymous nature of the
08:49 breath and the spirit.
08:51 It says there in Job 33:4:
08:58 And then notice the synonymous expression.
09:07 Do you see how those two sentences are parallel?
09:11 They say the same thing in different words?
09:14 It's the same thing to say the spirit of God has made me.
09:17 By the way, the word there is ruach.
09:19 And the breath of the Almighty has given me life,
09:22 or gives me life. There it is the word neshama,
09:25 the very same word that we find In Genesis 2:7,
09:30 so the spirit and the breath are used interchangeably.
09:35 Now you'll notice that the spirit, or the breath,
09:39 is found where? In the nostrils.
09:42 That's a very important point.
09:44 Now in the resource material that you're going to get
09:47 at the end of the lecture, you'll have additional verses
09:51 on these points that I'm underlining right now.
09:54 But it's interesting to notice that in the Old Testament
09:57 both ruach and neshama, which are translated spirit,
10:01 and breath, are found in the nostrils.
10:05 The spirit, or the breath, is found in the nostrils.
10:09 Now let me ask you, what do you use your nostrils for?
10:12 We use our nostrils to breathe.
10:15 So what is the spirit, or what is the breath?
10:18 The spirit, or the breath, is the respiration.
10:22 In other words, the spirit, or the breath, is the energizing
10:27 force, the electrical power source that makes the heart
10:32 pump, the lungs breathe, and the blood to circulate.
10:37 It's the vital energy that keeps the body functioning.
10:42 And, by the way, the heart pumps, and the lungs breathe,
10:46 and the oxygen is carried to all parts of the body
10:49 through the blood.
10:50 In other words, the breath of life, or the spirit,
10:53 is the energizing force that allows the body to be alive,
10:58 and to function, and to move.
11:01 Now we need to go to our fourth point.
11:04 We've analyzed three so far.
11:06 1. What is life? 2. What is the body?
11:11 3. What is the spirit, or the breath?
11:15 Now we need to ask the question, What is the soul,
11:20 and what happens when a person dies with the soul?
11:24 There's a lot of confusion when it comes to
11:26 talking about the soul.
11:27 The problem is that the word soul in the twentieth century
11:34 means something different in the minds of people
11:37 than it meant back in Biblical times,
11:40 in the Old and in the New Testaments.
11:42 Now the soul, basically, in scripture it is the life of
11:48 the person, or is the person, the individual.
11:53 Now I want you to notice Genesis 9:4.
11:57 Here the word soul, which by the way,
12:00 in the Hebrew is nephesh, is translated life.
12:05 Genesis 9:4. It says here: But you shall not eat flesh with
12:14 it's life, that is it's blood.
12:19 Now that word that is translated life here,
12:23 in the New King James, is the identical word which is
12:26 translated soul, or being, in Genesis 2:7.
12:32 In other words, the soul is the life, is the living entity,
12:37 the individual, the person, the person who's body is
12:41 functioning because the breath is allowing
12:44 the body to function.
12:46 So the word soul is translated many times in the Old Testament
12:51 life, but the word is also translated soul
12:55 in the King James Version.
12:57 And, by the way, the New King James changes the word soul
13:01 to the word person.
13:02 I want to give you a couple of examples.
13:04 Go with me to Genesis 12:5, Genesis 12:5.
13:11 This is talking about the people that Abraham took with him
13:16 when he went to Haran.
13:18 And it says there in Genesis 12:5, Then Abram took Sarai
13:25 his wife, and Lot his brothers son, and all their possessions
13:30 that they had gathered...and now notice,
13:33 and the people whom they had acquired in Haran;
13:35 and they departed to go to the land of Canaan;
13:38 so they came to the land of Canaan.
13:40 Notice that they took the people whom they had acquired in Haran.
13:45 Now the King James Version translates that word souls.
13:49 Abraham took the souls that he had acquired in Haran.
13:53 Obviously, those words souls there means what?
13:56 It means what the New King James says; it means persons.
14:01 Notice also Genesis 14:21, Genesis 14:21.
14:10 We find these words: Now the king of Sodom said to Abram,
14:16 Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.
14:22 Once again the King James translates that word persons
14:25 with the word souls.
14:27 In other words, the King of Sodom says, You keep the souls,
14:30 and you keep the possessions, and I'll keep the souls.
14:34 Now obviously the word souls here means what?
14:38 It means persons, and so it is translated in the
14:42 New King James Version.
14:44 And so the word nephesh, soul, in the Old Testament,
14:49 can mean life. It can mean person.
14:53 I want to take you now to a text which has
14:56 been greatly misunderstood.
14:58 Genesis 35:18, this is when Rachel was dying, and she was
15:07 having Benjamin, her child.
15:09 And it says here in Genesis 35: 18, And so it was as her soul
15:18 was departing, before she died, that she called his name Benoni:
15:24 but his father called him Benjamin.
15:27 Now you'll notice that even the New King James Version
15:31 translates here, as it was her soul was departing for she died.
15:37 Now you could very easily translate that word soul
15:42 with what? life. As her life was leaving.
15:46 And that's the way that it should be translated,
15:49 but many Christians, you know, they put
15:51 additional words in here.
15:52 They say, for example, as her immortal soul was
15:56 departing to heaven.
15:58 The text does not say that her soul was immortal,
16:01 neither does it say that it was departing to heaven.
16:04 It simply says that her life was going out from her,
16:08 and then it explains what that means.
16:10 It says, for she died.
16:14 So we can't put more in the text than is there.
16:17 That word can be very easily translated life,
16:21 just like in Genesis 9:4.
16:24 By the way, the New Testament also has the same phenomenon.
16:29 Notice in the book of Acts 7:14, Acts 7:14, that the equivalent
16:38 Greek word, which by the way, is psyche or psuche,
16:42 is translated also souls in the King James, but it is translated
16:48 persons in the New King James.
16:50 Once again, Acts 7:14 has this same idea of referring
16:58 to souls as persons.
17:01 It says here: Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob
17:06 and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people.
17:11 There the word is psuche, which is exactly equivalent in Greek
17:17 to the Hebrew nephesh.
17:18 By the way, the King James Version translates
17:21 seventy-five souls, but it's really seventy-five what?
17:25 seventy-five persons.
17:26 So what is the soul?
17:28 The soul is the person, or the individual, the living entity,
17:34 if you please. Do you know that the New Testament also
17:37 translates the word soul with the word life?
17:40 Notice what we find in Matthew 2:20, Matthew 2:20.
17:47 It's speaking about the time that Herod was seeking
17:50 the life of Jesus.
17:51 He was seeking to kill Christ.
17:53 And it says here in Matthew 2:20, here we find the angels
18:01 speaking to Joseph saying, Arise, take the young child
18:04 and his mother, and go to the land of Israel: for those
18:08 who sought the young child's life are dead.
18:12 That is the identical word which is translated in other places
18:16 of the New Testament soul.
18:18 So really the soul is the life.
18:21 Herod was not seeking some intangible, invisible entity
18:25 within Jesus. He was seeking for the life of Jesus.
18:29 He was seeking to kill Jesus, in other words.
18:32 By the way, do you know that in the New Testament the word
18:36 soul and the personal pronoun are used interchangeably?
18:42 I want to compare two very interesting verses that we find
18:48 in the New Testament.
18:49 Go with me to Matthew 16:26, Matthew 16:26, and then we're
18:58 going to go to Luke 9:25.
19:00 Matthew 16:26. Here Jesus says:
19:18 In other words, what will it profit a man if he gains
19:21 the whole world and loses his soul?
19:23 Now lets notice how Luke expresses this
19:26 same saying of Christ.
19:28 Luke 9:25, Luke 9:25. Jesus says here:
19:45 In Matthew it says loses his soul.
19:48 In Luke it says loses what? himself.
19:53 So what is the soul?
19:55 The soul is me, myself, and I.
19:59 The soul is the person, the living entity, the life,
20:05 if you please. By the way, do you know that the words
20:09 soul and spirit are used approximately 1,650 times
20:16 in the Bible? In both the Old and New Testaments,
20:19 and not once in those over 1,650 references is the word immortal
20:26 linked with the word spirit, or the word soul.
20:29 You would think that if the spirit, or the soul were
20:33 immortal you would have at least one verse where the word
20:36 immortal is linked to the word spirit, or the word soul,
20:41 but it's simply is not there.
20:44 So we've examined what life is.
20:46 We've examined how God made the body.
20:50 What the body is composed of.
20:52 It's composed of dust.
20:53 We've examined what the spirit or the breath is.
20:57 We've examined what the soul is.
20:59 The soul is the living entity.
21:01 Now we need to go to our fifth point.
21:03 And the fifth point is this, When God created man
21:07 did He create him with an immortal soul, or with an
21:13 immortal entity which would never allow him to die?
21:17 Or was the source of the life of man outside of man?
21:23 Well, lets go to Genesis 2:9, Genesis 2:9.
21:30 Here we find that God placed a certain tree
21:34 in the garden of Eden.
21:35 A special tree; actually there were two, and in a moment
21:38 we're going to go to the other one.
21:39 It says there in Genesis 2:9 the following:
21:58 Notice that the tree of life was in the garden of Eden.
22:02 And we know that Adam and Eve had to eat
22:07 from the tree of life.
22:08 They had to continue eating from the tree of life in order
22:11 to continue living.
22:13 Now my point is this, that Adam and Eve did not have immortality
22:18 residing within themselves.
22:19 They did not have an immortal soul inside their body,
22:23 because their only source of immortality was in continuously
22:28 partaking from God's tree.
22:30 Their only way to perpetuate, or prolong their life, was by
22:35 partaking of the tree outside of them.
22:37 The immortality was in the tree, not within them.
22:41 You'll notice that God said in Genesis 2:17 that if they ate
22:47 from the tree they would surely die.
22:50 Notice Genesis 2:17:
23:04 Now my question is this, if man was immortal by nature,
23:08 what God was saying was absolutely foolishness,
23:11 and I'm not intending to be sacrilegious.
23:14 If man had an immortal soul, then when God says,
23:18 you'll surely die, He was lying because if man had an immortal
23:22 soul he couldn't die.
23:23 By the way, go with me to Genesis 3:22-24 and you'll see
23:31 that man is not immortal by nature.
23:35 In fact when he sinned he was cast out of the garden.
23:38 He could no longer eat from the tree of life, and therefore
23:42 he lost the possibility of continuing his life.
23:46 Notice Genesis 3:22-24:
24:05 What would happen if man ate from the tree of life?
24:09 He would live forever.
24:11 By the way, he had to continue eating from the tree of life.
24:13 It wasn't enough just to eat once.
24:15 It was kind of like a battery charger.
24:18 You say, How do you know that?
24:19 Well, because even when sin is done away with
24:21 at the end of time, the Bible says that we will go from month
24:25 to month to eat from the tree of life, even in eternity.
24:28 In other words, it was a continual eating.
24:31 Notice verse 23:
24:51 In other words, man was barred from eating from the tree
24:55 of life, and therefore he was no longer going to live forever.
24:59 Is this point clear in your mind?
25:01 Incidentally, if man is by nature immortal, then why would
25:07 Jesus bother to come to die to give us what we already have?
25:11 Really, this idea of the immortality of the soul makes
25:15 Jesus unnecessary.
25:16 It makes the death of Christ unnecessary, because if I'm
25:20 immortal, if I can't die, why would Jesus die to give me
25:25 that which I already possess?
25:27 So the only way that life could be perpetuated was by
25:33 partaking of the tree of life.
25:34 When man sinned he was barred from the tree of life,
25:37 and therefore he was doomed to death.
25:40 Now lets talk a little bit about our sixth point,
25:45 and that is, what is death, and what happens to the body
25:50 and to the spirit, or the breath at death, and therefore what
25:54 happens to the soul?
25:55 Go with me to Genesis 3:19, Genesis 3:19.
26:02 And we find here the sentence that God is pronouncing upon
26:08 Adam. It says there, God speaking to Adam:
26:30 Notice it doesn't say your body is dust, and part of you will
26:36 return to the dust.
26:38 God says, You are dust, and to dust you will return.
26:44 In other words, he was going to be like he was
26:47 before he was created.
26:48 You can't return to the dust unless you were
26:50 taken out of the dust.
26:51 And so what happens with the body when a person dies
26:55 is that the body returns to the dust.
26:58 It disintegrates; it decays.
27:01 And you know that this is true.
27:03 If you open up a grave many years after the person has died,
27:07 the body has decomposed, and the individual has
27:11 been reduced to dust.
27:13 And so when a person dies, the body returns to the dust.
27:17 Now the question is, what happens with the spirit,
27:21 or the breath when a person dies?
27:23 Well, we have several references in scripture
27:26 that describe this phenomena.
27:28 Notice John 19:30, John 19:30.
27:36 This is referring to the death of Jesus.
27:39 And we're told exactly there what happened
27:43 to Jesus when He died.
27:44 It says there in verse 30: So when Jesus had received the
27:50 sour wine He said, It is finished: and bowing His head,
27:56 He gave up His what?
27:58 He gave up His spirit.
28:00 The King James Version says He gave up the ghost.
28:04 But actually what did Jesus do?
28:07 Well, when Jesus said, It is finished.
28:10 Into Your hands I commend My spirit.
28:12 Jesus breathed His last.
28:15 In other words He expired.
28:19 To give up the spirit means to expire.
28:21 It means to breathe your last.
28:24 Do you remember that the spirit, or the breath,
28:26 is in the nostrils, and you use your nostrils to breathe?
28:29 So when Jesus on the cross died, He expired,
28:34 and He breathed no more.
28:35 His body was no longer functioning because
28:38 it didn't have breath.
28:39 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
28:41 Now we have some other examples of this in the New Testament.
28:45 I'll just mention them in passing.
28:47 We have, for example, Herod, the death of Herod.
28:51 You can find this in Acts 12:23.
28:55 It says that Herod died and he gave up the ghost.
29:00 In other words he gave up the spirit.
29:02 He gave up his breath.
29:03 He breathed his last; he expired.
29:06 You find this same phenomenon with Ananias and Sapphira
29:10 in Acts 5:5, 10. It says there, you know, that they actually
29:16 promised that they were going to give God a certain amount,
29:19 and they ended up giving Him less.
29:20 And so Ananias dropped dead.
29:23 And then the Bible says that Sapphira told the same lie.
29:29 And the Bible tells us that she also gave up the ghost.
29:33 She expired, and then the people came and they carried
29:36 away her dead body.
29:37 So once again, when a person dies the spirit, or the breath,
29:42 leaves the body and returns to God.
29:45 In other words the body doesn't function anymore.
29:47 It doesn't breath anymore.
29:49 It's not energized anymore.
29:50 The body returns to the dust, and the breath leaves the body,
29:55 so to speak. Now we need to go to our seventh point.
30:01 The seventh point is this: What happens in the interim
30:06 period between death and when Jesus comes?
30:12 Well, we need to let the Bible tell us.
30:15 Many people think that when you die you either go to heaven,
30:18 your soul goes to heaven, or your soul goes to hell if you
30:21 were wicked, or perhaps go to an intermediary
30:24 place called purgatory, or perhaps to limbo.
30:28 There's all kinds of different categories where
30:30 people supposedly go.
30:31 But what does the Bible have to say about the retaining place
30:35 where people go when they die?
30:37 Notice John 5:28, 29, John 5: 28, 29.
30:45 And here Jesus is speaking, and He says this:
30:53 In heaven or in hell will hear His voice.
30:56 Is that what it says? No!
31:16 Where are the dead after their death,
31:19 and before the resurrection?
31:20 They are in their graves, and when Jesus comes the Bible
31:25 tells us that they come forth.
31:28 By the way, we have the interesting
31:31 experience of Lazarus.
31:32 Lazarus of Bethany, a very good friend of Jesus.
31:36 And Lazarus died and Jesus came to the tomb, which was a cave
31:44 in the rock, hewn in rock, and Jesus said, Our friend Lazarus
31:50 is what? Our friend Lazarus is sleeping,
31:53 but I'm going to awaken him.
31:56 Now isn't that interesting?
31:58 Death is compared with what?
32:00 Death is compared with sleep.
32:03 Do you know that over fifty times in the Bible death is
32:07 compared to sleep?
32:08 Now you say, Why would death be compared to sleep?
32:11 Very simple. I believe there are three reasons:
32:13 1. Because when we sleep w rest.
32:17 And when people die they rest.
32:21 I've seen people who have suffered intensely
32:25 during their lives.
32:26 They've gotten very ill in the last days of their lives,
32:29 and when they die they rest.
32:32 And Revelation 14:13 says that they will rest
32:36 from their labors.
32:37 The second reason why I believe that the Bible compares death
32:41 to sleep, or to rest, is because in death, like in sleep,
32:46 you are unconscious about what's happening around you.
32:50 And the third reason is that as from sleep you awaken,
32:55 in the same way, from death you will awaken.
32:58 The only difference is that in death you sleep a little longer
33:02 than you do when you go to bed at night.
33:05 And so the Bible, over fifty times, refers to death as sleep.
33:10 When people are in their graves, in other words,
33:12 they are sleeping until the moment that Jesus comes
33:17 to resurrect them from the dead.
33:19 Now we don't have time to read all of these verses,
33:22 but I'm going to mention them, and the basic content of each.
33:26 You will have these texts in your lecture when you go out
33:30 from the lecture today.
33:33 Ecclesiastics 9:5, 6, 10.
33:37 There's one verse there that says, The living know that they
33:41 will die, but the dead know not anything.
33:46 Now let me ask you, how much is know not anything?
33:51 Does that mean just a little bit?
33:53 You know, just a little bit of memory?
33:56 Absolutely not! Very clearly Solomon says that the living,
34:01 they know that they're going to die, but the dead know
34:04 absolutely nothing.
34:05 Psalms 6:5 says that in the grave there is no remembrance
34:10 of God. There is no thanking God in death.
34:15 Psalms 115:17 explains that the dead do not praise the Lord.
34:21 Neither do those who go down into silence.
34:24 Psalms 146:4 tells us that the plans of people who die perish.
34:32 In Psalms 104:29, 30 we're told that individuals who die,
34:38 they return to the dust.
34:42 In Acts 2:29, 34 we find that David did not
34:46 ascend into the heavens.
34:48 And, by the way, some people say, Well, because he lived
34:51 in the Old Testament, and you know, he wasn't going to ascend
34:53 into heaven until Jesus died on the cross.
34:56 And then Jesus would take him from Paradise on the final
35:00 journey to heaven.
35:01 Well, that's an interesting concept, but do you know
35:04 that the apostle Peter is saying this after Jesus
35:07 died on the cross, and after Jesus has ascended to heaven?
35:10 This is on the day of Pentecost.
35:12 In other words, on the day of Pentecost Peter is saying,
35:15 David has not gone to heaven.
35:19 In fact his sepulchre, or his grave, is here with us today.
35:25 Now also in Isaiah 38:18, 19 we find very clearly that the
35:33 dead offer no thanks, they offer no praise, and they can not
35:38 hope for God's truth.
35:40 And so the Bible is very clear that when an individual dies,
35:44 he or she goes to the grave, is unconscious, asleep,
35:51 until the moment of the resurrection.
35:54 And this brings me to the eighth point, and that is if a
35:58 person dies, does that person have hope of living again?
36:04 The answer is Yes.
36:07 Do you remember that in Genesis 2:17 we're told that God
36:13 said to Adam and Eve, The day that you eat of the tree,
36:18 you will surely die?
36:19 On the very day that you eat of the tree you will surely die?
36:23 We've studied previously that they didn't die that very day.
36:26 In fact, Adam died when he was 930 years old.
36:30 So how do you explain this?
36:32 Well, you'll also remember that on that very day,
36:38 according to Genesis 3:21, there was a death.
36:43 Do you remember that actually there were two deaths?
36:46 The deaths of animals, probably lambs.
36:51 They were sacrificed that day.
36:53 What was indicated by that sacrifice of the lambs?
36:57 It was actually a prophecy that Jesus was going to come
37:01 in the future, and He was going to die as the Lamb of God,
37:06 who takes away the sin of the world.
37:09 In other words, in this illustration in the garden of
37:13 Eden, with the death of these two animals, probably lambs,
37:18 God was teaching that the Lamb was going to take our death.
37:23 He was going to die the death that we deserve,
37:27 so that we could have the life that He deserves.
37:30 And that's the reason why, in 1 John 5:11, 12, 1 John 5:11, 12
37:40 we find these very meaningful words, and they're very
37:43 categorical incidentally.
37:45 It says there in 1 John 5:11:
37:55 Notice it doesn't say He will give us, it says:
38:06 Will have life. Is that what it says? No, it says:
38:20 So what is the key?
38:22 In order to have life we must have whom?
38:25 We must have Jesus.
38:27 This is life eternal, that they might know Thee,
38:31 the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.
38:34 In other words, if we receive Jesus as our Savior,
38:38 we have the guarantee of life now.
38:43 But we've got a problem.
38:45 Let me ask you, do believers in Christ die? Do they die?
38:51 I know many believers in Christ who have died.
38:55 So you say, what do you mean that when you accept Jesus
38:58 Christ as your Savior, you have eternal life,
39:02 and yet you still die?
39:04 How do we understand this?
39:06 Well, the fact is folks, that when we receive Jesus Christ,
39:10 His death takes the place of my death.
39:13 And even though I should die physically, some day Jesus is
39:20 going to come to resurrect me, because as I received Him,
39:23 He has guaranteed that He will give me everlasting life someday
39:28 physically, and empirically.
39:30 In fact, lets notice this in the gospel of John 11:25, 26.
39:38 This is the chapter where Christ resurrected Lazarus.
39:42 John 11:25, 26. Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection
39:52 and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die,
39:58 he shall what? He shall live.
40:02 So Jesus says, You might die physically.
40:04 Yeah, you might die in this life, but don't worry about it.
40:07 He says, because if you receive Me, you will have,
40:12 in the future, life.
40:14 And it says in verse 26, And whoever lives and believes
40:18 in Me shall never die.
40:20 Do you believe this?
40:22 Now when He says, You will never die, is He talking about
40:25 never dying physically? No!
40:27 He's talking about never dying how? eternally.
40:31 Not being eternally excluded from the privilege of life.
40:36 And so we find very clearly that God gives us right now hope,
40:42 and He gives us everlasting life in Jesus Christ.
40:46 You know, we don't have to be scared of death.
40:48 We don't have to be worried about dying.
40:50 We don't have to be bent out of shape over what happens when we
40:56 give our last breath, when we let go of our last breath.
40:59 We don't have to worry about that, because if we receive
41:02 Jesus, our life is hidden in Him.
41:05 We can take it to the bank.
41:07 It's certain that He has written in by our name in heaven,
41:12 everlasting life, and someday He's going to break
41:16 the power of death.
41:18 In fact, lets go to our eighth point and that is, When will the
41:24 power of death be broken?
41:26 Well, some people say that when you die you go to heaven.
41:30 If when you die you go to heaven, why would Jesus even
41:33 bother to come and give you life when He comes
41:36 in His second coming?
41:37 The fact is, the Bible tells us very clearly that we will
41:42 receive immortality when Jesus comes.
41:45 We can have the guarantee of eternal life now, but we will
41:49 receive immortality when Jesus comes;
41:51 the final touch of immortality.
41:53 You say, Where does the Bible say such a thing?
41:55 Well, go with me to 1 Corinthians 15:51-53,
42:03 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.
42:10 Here the apostle Paul is dealing specifically with the issue
42:14 of the resurrection, and he says this, 1 Corinthians 15:51:
42:35 And now notice this.
42:51 Why would we have to put on immortality
42:55 if we are already immortal?
42:56 When will we put on immortality?
42:59 Is it at the moment we die, or is it at the moment when Jesus
43:04 comes with the sound of the trumpet, and resurrects the dead
43:08 and gives them the touch of immortality,
43:10 and the touch of incorruption?
43:12 Scripture is very clear on this point.
43:14 Go with me also to 1 Thessalonians 4,
43:18 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:15.
43:29 Here the apostle Paul says this:
43:43 In other words the living are not going to go to heaven
43:46 before whom? before the dead. Verse 16.
44:01 The same trumpet that we read about in 1 Corinthians 15.
44:09 Now verse 17 is crucial.
44:25 Question: who goes to heaven first?
44:28 Those who are alive when Jesus comes, or those who died?
44:31 What do most Christians teach?
44:36 They teach that when a person dies, if they were good,
44:40 they are whisked off to heaven.
44:41 If they were evil they're sent to hell.
44:44 If that's true, why would Jesus even bother to come?
44:48 Are you understanding what I am saying?
44:51 And so I want you to notice here that this text very clearly
44:56 says that we will be caught up together with those who died,
45:01 and resurrected, and taken to heaven to be with the Lord;
45:06 all together. If we're taken to heaven when Jesus comes,
45:09 we were not taken to heaven when we what? when we died.
45:14 The Bible is clear on this.
45:16 Notice John 14:1-3, John 14:1-3.
45:23 We find here the promise that Jesus made to His disciples,
45:28 and also to us. Jesus says, Let not your heart be troubled.
45:33 You believe in God, believe also in Me.
45:36 In My Father's house are many mansions.
45:41 If it were not so, I would have told you.
45:45 I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go, now notice,
45:51 and prepare a place for you.
45:54 I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am,
46:00 there you may be also.
46:03 Question: when will the children of Jesus be where Jesus is?
46:08 When He what? When He comes again!
46:13 It's not at the moment when we die that we go
46:17 to be with the Lord, it's when Jesus what?
46:20 It's when Jesus comes again, and in the interim
46:25 we're simply resting, or sleeping.
46:30 And when Jesus comes He's going to wake us up out of our sleep.
46:35 Notice this wonderful verse that we find in Acts 7:60.
46:40 It's talking about the death of the first
46:43 Christian martyr, Stephen.
46:45 And I just love the way that his death is expressed here
46:50 in Acts 7:60 as they're stoning him.
46:55 Notice what it says there.
46:56 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice,
47:01 Lord, do not charge them with this sin.
47:06 And when He had said this He what? He fell asleep.
47:14 I like that! It doesn't say He died.
47:18 It says, He fell asleep.
47:20 Let me ask you, What is the next thing that
47:22 Stephen is going to hear?
47:23 The next thing he's going to hear is when Jesus comes.
47:27 Jesus is going to say, Stephen, wake up!
47:30 Wake up! And Stephen is going to awaken from the grave.
47:38 And, by the way, for Steven, how much time has passed
47:42 from the moment he died, until the moment when Jesus comes?
47:46 How much time has passed for Stephen?
47:48 None, because all during that period he's been what?
47:52 unconscious. Now I'm going t say something which
47:56 I want you to understand what I'm saying.
47:58 There's a certain sense in which when you die
48:01 you immediately go to heaven.
48:02 Now let me explain what I mean.
48:06 For Stephen his last thinking moment
48:09 was when they were stoning him.
48:11 His next thinking moment is when Jesus calls him.
48:15 How much time has transpired for Stephen? none.
48:19 And so he died and the next thinking moment
48:22 he's with the Lord.
48:23 For him, from his perspective, there is no period between
48:28 when he died, and when Jesus comes.
48:29 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
48:30 And so you don't have to worry.
48:32 Oh, I'm going to be in a cold tomb for who knows how many
48:35 years until Jesus comes.
48:36 You're not going to know it.
48:37 Your next thinking moment is actually when Jesus is coming
48:41 on the clouds to call you forth from the grave.
48:44 And, by the way, scripture says that when Jesus comes
48:47 He's going to give us a body like the body of Jesus.
48:50 Notice what we find in Philippians 3:20, 21,
48:55 Philippians 3:20, 21.
49:00 Here the apostle Paul is speaking about the
49:02 resurrected body of Christ, and he's going to say
49:06 that we're going to receive a body just like His.
49:08 He says there in verse 20, For our citizenship is in heaven;
49:12 from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
49:17 the Lord Jesus Christ: who will transform our lowly body,
49:23 that it may be conformed to His glorious body,
49:27 according to the working by which He is able even to
49:30 subdue all things to Himself.
49:32 Our body will be conformed according to the body of Jesus.
49:36 Now there's some Christians that say that up there
49:39 we're not going to have a body; that we're going to be
49:41 kind of like spirits or ghosts.
49:42 Let me ask you, When Jesus resurrected did He have a body?
49:46 Of course He did!
49:47 In Luke 24 we find Jesus appearing to the disciples
49:53 and He says, Listen, you think I'm a ghost, but a ghost does
49:56 not have flesh and bones, like you see that I have.
49:59 And then He said, they still didn't want to believe,
50:01 so He said, Do you have something to eat?
50:03 Do ghosts eat is what He's saying?
50:05 Give me something to eat!
50:06 So they gave Him a piece of a fish, and they gave Him
50:08 some honey, and He ate in their midst.
50:10 In other words, we're going to have real bodies, but they are
50:13 going to be glorified bodies.
50:15 They will be bodies not subject to corruption.
50:18 They will be bodies not subject to death,
50:21 because they will be immortal.
50:23 Now we must go to our ninth point.
50:26 The ninth point is this: When will death come to an end?
50:31 You know, it won't even come to an end when Jesus comes,
50:35 because when Jesus comes the second time, every wicked person
50:40 on Planet Earth is going to die.
50:41 And all of the wicked who have died before that,
50:44 we're going to study this later on when we deal
50:47 with the millennium.
50:48 All of those wicked people who have died before Jesus comes,
50:51 will remain dead.
50:53 So when Jesus comes the righteous receive the touch
50:57 of immortality, but the wicked are still dead.
51:00 Death has not totally been eradicated from the universe.
51:04 So the question is, when will death be no more?
51:08 According to Revelation 21:4 it will happen
51:12 after the millennium, after the thousand years,
51:15 when God destroys sin and sinners.
51:19 He will destroy also second death and death will be no more.
51:23 Revelation 21:4 says:
51:33 There shall be no more what? Praise the Lord!
51:47 So when God makes a new heavens, and a new earth, death will be
51:51 eradicated from the universe.
51:53 And then God's people will live forever.
51:56 Let me ask you, how will we live forever?
51:59 How could Adam and Eve live forever in the garden of Eden?
52:03 Do you remember? They had to what?
52:05 They had to continuously eat from the tree of life.
52:09 You say, Well, it doesn't say in Genesis that they had to
52:12 continue eating from the tree of life.
52:14 It gives the impression that had to eat only once.
52:18 Well, the fact is we know that even in eternity,
52:21 after we receive the touch of immortality, and incorruption,
52:24 we are going to have to eat on a monthly basis,
52:28 from the tree of life.
52:29 Notice Revelation 22, Revelation 22:2, Revelation 22:2.
52:39 We're told here about a tree that is in the New Jerusalem.
52:43 It says:
52:57 The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
53:01 How frequently does the tree of life bear its fruit?
53:03 Every month. And, by the way, in Isaiah 66:22, 23 we're told
53:09 that when Jesus comes, after the thousand years, and He cleanses
53:16 the earth from sin and sinners, and He makes a new heavens
53:18 and a new earth, we will go to worship before the Lord
53:23 from month to month, and from Sabbath to Sabbath.
53:26 Sabbath to Sabbath because that's the day of rest.
53:29 Month to month because Revelation tells us that there's
53:33 the tree of life there, which produces its fruit every month,
53:36 and we will have to eat from the fruit of the tree of life
53:39 every month to continue living.
53:42 That beautiful verse in Revelation 22:14 says,
53:46 Blessed are those who do His commandments,
53:49 or who keep His commandments, that they may have the right
53:52 to the tree of life, and may enter through the
53:55 gates into the city.
53:56 God will have a people who will enter the holy city,
53:59 and they will continue to eat from the tree of life,
54:02 and thus they will continue to live forever.
54:06 Now we need to go to our last point.
54:09 Why is this subject so important?
54:12 I'm going to give you several reasons.
54:15 Reason 1. The idea that man has an immortal soul brings glory
54:22 and honor to man, not to God.
54:25 I find it interesting that theologians will tell you,
54:28 Oh, you know, only God is omnipotent.
54:32 Only God is omniscient.
54:35 Only God is omnipresent.
54:37 You know, only God has the capacity of being present
54:40 everywhere, or knowing everything, or doing everything,
54:43 and then when you tell them, Is only God immortal?
54:48 Oh, no, no, man is immortal, too.
54:50 No! Immortality is just as much an absolute attribute of God,
54:56 as are all of His other attributes.
54:59 And to say that man is immortal is to bring
55:01 honor and glory to man.
55:03 Furthermore, believing that man has an immortal soul
55:07 makes God a liar, because God said, You will surely die.
55:12 And if you say that you don't die because you have an immortal
55:14 soul, than God was lying, and the devil was what?
55:18 and the devil was right when he said, You shall not surely die.
55:23 In the third place, if man is by nature immortal, why would Jesus
55:28 have to die to give me what I already possess;
55:31 what I already have?
55:32 It makes the death of Jesus unnecessary.
55:34 Furthermore, if I have a immortal soul inside,
55:39 that's going to leave the body, and that's the important part
55:42 of my nature, and my old body that I have now doesn't
55:46 make that much difference, why should I even bother
55:49 to take care of the body that much?
55:51 I can treat the body any way I want.
55:52 Maybe that's the reason why many Christians say that you can eat
55:55 anything, and you can drink anything, and you can do
55:58 anything you want with your body.
55:59 It depreciates the importance of caring for the body,
56:03 if you believe that what's important is your immortal
56:05 soul that's inside.
56:06 Furthermore the belief in an immortal soul de-emphasizes
56:10 the second coming of Jesus.
56:11 After all, if you, when you die, you go to heaven,
56:14 why should it be so urgent for you to be expecting Jesus
56:17 to come to get you?
56:18 In fact, you know, now there's this woman who they've taken
56:21 the feeding tube out of, you know, and they're trying to
56:25 fight to keep her alive.
56:26 You know, if I were the parents I would say, you know,
56:29 Let her rest. And according to their belief, anyway,
56:33 she's going to go straight to heaven.
56:35 She'll be a lot happier in heaven
56:36 than in a bed in the hospice.
56:37 But, of course, people are not sure, and so they want to cling,
56:42 and they want to hang onto life.
56:44 Finally, this subject is very important, because those who
56:48 believe that the soul of man is immortal, open the doors wide to
56:53 spiritualism, to the manifestation of spiritualism.
56:55 You see, if you believe that man is by nature immortal,
56:57 what is to keep people who have supposedly gone to the other
57:01 world from coming back and speaking to the living?
57:04 There are theologians in the church today that are saying
57:07 that out of body experiences, and near death experiences
57:10 are proof that there is life after death, and that people
57:13 are coming to speak to us.
57:15 Folks we need to believe that Jesus is our only
57:18 source of life, and believe in Him,
57:21 and receive Him as our Savior.