There are allot of strange events that can happen to a person while we live, things that I once struggled to fit into my paradigm regarding what constitutes life as we know it, things such as...
And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
1 John 4:4
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being.
Additionally, there are allot of connotations regarding each one of these issues and more such as being born again and the Spirit falling on the Church on the day of Pentecost. But it is my opinion, as one fully aware of his fallibility and thus open to Scriptural correction… that all of these events and more happen upon a basic framework which we might here call mortal life, which once having doubted I lean more heavily upon today than I when I first entertained the idea which goes something like this:
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Put in simple terms, what does this mortal life consist of? Paul gives us a good indicator in his letter to the Church at Thessalonica.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your...
• Whole spirit and
• Soul and
...be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is my assumption, an assumption which I believe is supported by scripture that our celestial souls are currently being bound to a terrestrial body in mortality, by God’s life giving Spirit. Again, this state is mortal because the moment God takes back the spirit that binds our celestial souls to these terrestrial bodies that we might interact in this reality, the two separate.
1).Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
2). And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
A better example of this can not be found other than Jesus’s death who became a man for this very course, that through His death and resurrection He might not only pay for the sins of us sinners, but raise us up to eternal life having received His righteousness he having never sinned.
The first thing Jesus did when He had reached the point of death was to entrust His life giving spirit to His Father which completely agrees with Ecclesiastes 12:7 above...
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Then with His body laying in the tomb on earth, Jesus, or better His soul entered Hades on our behalf foretold long ago by the Psalmist.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Therefore we are presently mortal, consisting of a celestial soul and a terrestrial body temporarily held together by God’s life giving spirit. And it is upon this base that many things can occur, for instance, we all will at some point take off this body...
2 Peter 1:14
Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle [body], even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shown me.
Those whose sins have been paid by Christ’s death and resurrection wait in the presence of the Lord, comforted.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
Later to receive a new body that is pleasing to Him, its glory no doubt based on our works of faith sown in the days of our flesh.
1 Corinthians 15:38
But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.
But the damned will wait for their resurrection in Hades, unclothed and so in torment, for the should can only receive comfort from a body who neither being in Abraham before the cross or Christ after can find no rest…
And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.
But even the damned will be resurrected in a body, but solely for the purpose of being judged, that their place in Hell might be determined worthy of the degree of their sins still outstanding having rejected Christ’s payment for sin.
11 - Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 - And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the [d]books, according to their deeds.
13 - And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
Therefore although the soul may exist outside of the body it is not alive having been separated from it unless reclothed. Those ‘in Christ’ are alive and will receive a new body but those soul existing in Hades without a body though conscious are in a state of death.
I have hardly done this subject justice, but as I feel rather burnt-out today it will have to suffice, who knows maybe one day I’ll reedited it. In the past I have decided to not upload such rough blogs but to reediting them and upload them later but end-up never uploading them at all. At least if it is on my site I’m aware of it and that being the case have a chance of reediting one day, so forgive my grammatical errors but I just hammered this out as fast as I could and uploaded it.