'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
4/27/2019 0 Comments
Thank you for returning this afternoon, April, 27, 2019, my friends.
Continuing, let me just say this about 'differing views' about the 'nature of life after death'. Keep in mind, that no one really knows. We will live and die and find out. [Or, we will be changed at the return of Christ, if we are still alive.]
There are differing views about the nature of life beyond the grave which are tied to differing views about the nature of humankind. For example, 'Traditional Christianity' has held a dualist or tripartite view of persons [soul-spirit and body or soul, spirit, and body] and that between death and the resurrection there is some sort of an intermediate state in which the immaterial part of the individual continues a conscious existence apart from the physical. We do not 'know'.
Some who emphasize a holistic view of persons assume that at death there is an immediate resurrection of a new spiritual body and union with God. Others with a similar anthropology propound a form of re-creationism, a temporary extinction at death that ends at the resurrection in a new creation.
An associated issue, "soul sleep" (psycho panny chy), could be a corollary to either the traditional view or that of re-creation. We simply do not have sufficient information given to us in the Holy Bible.
AGAIN! We do not 'know'.
Nevertheless, this is important and in summary, WHAT WE DEFINITELY KNOW.
The Bible clearly teaches a continuing existence after death for all. [See Luke 16:19-31, for example.]
For believers this will be deathless and imperishable, marked by that glory and honor that come from union with Christ. Because immortality is now obscured in corruptible bodies, changes will occur. Believers will have appropriately different bodies; their immortality will be evident. This fact, along with the bodily resurrection Paul sees as assured because of the Spirit's guarantee, the defeat of death, and the ultimate victory of God through Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 15:54-57].
See also such as 1 John 3:2, where it is written, to wit:
'Dear friends, at the present time we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we will be. But we do know that when he is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.'
Since 'faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word', I believe. [Romans 10:17] I pray that you are of this 'faith' and 'believe', also. [See also 1 John 2:3]
Now, for our 'beginning', and keeping with our plan to keep posts short so that you may take your time, as the Holy Spirit will lead you to venture into the Holy Bible via the references in each post, this will be the end for today.
On our next set of the Post 8 'series', beginning May 4, 2019 we shall consider further and relevant topics, as previously stated to help us understand the significance of 'believing' what the Holy Bible means about 'immortality', such as the 'blessed hope', etc. Please stay tuned.
Do not, I pray, miss this most invaluable 'time in the Presence of the Lord'. Amen. Amen.
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