Life After Death


It's A Message Of Hope

Ask the next 5 people you meet what happens when you die? You will probably get 5 different answers! You could:

1 Go straight to heaven, or hell, or somewhere in between (depending)
2 Go to the spirit world
3 Be recycled (reincarnated)
4 Sleep until the resurrection
5 Be food for the worms, and that's it, you are history!

These are all contradictory. They cannot all be true. Mankind hopes there is more beyond.


Fundamental Principles

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death...
1 John 5:11,12 He who has the Son has life, He who does not have the Son does not have life


Bible Teaching On Life After Death

Only God is immortal, while man is mortal
1 Timothy 6:15, 16 

Romans 2:7 - We only seek what we don't have
1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - Man receives immortality at resurrection when Jesus returns

How man was made, and what happens when he dies
Genesis 2:7 - Dust of ground + Breath of Life = Living SOUL (or being)
Genesis 3:19 - Man returns to dust at death
Ecclesiates 12:7 - At death the dust returns to earth, the spirit (breathe of life) returns to God who gave it

Where man goes at death

Ecclesiastes 9:10 - To the grave

The example of King David
1 Kings 2:1,2 ...
about to go the way of all the earth - what happened to him happens to all
Acts 2:29 ...David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day
Acts 2:34 For David did not ascend to heaven. (He is not in heaven!)

Resurrection is from the grave
John 5:28 - All who are in the grave will hear His (Jesus) voice and come out

His state in death
Psalm 115:17; 6:5 - Not praising God

Not conscious in death
Ecclesiates 9:5,6 The living know they will die, the dead know nothing

Death is compared to a sleep
Daniel 12:2, 13; John 11:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians
4:13-18

The resurrection is the only hope - established by the resurrection of Jesus Himself
1 Corinthians 15:22, 23 For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward when He comes those who belong to Him
John 6:39, 40,44, 54 - At the last day

At the Second coming of Christ
1 Thessalonians 4:16,17

Rewards are at the resurrection, not at death
Revelation 22:12; Luke 14:13,14


BUT

If we go to our reward at death:

We would not need a resurrection
We would not need the Second Coming
There is no place for a last judgement


Summary

God alone is immortal

Jesus promises eternal life now and we will get it at the second coming
In the meantime, death is like a sleep, a peaceful pause

If the soul were immortal
1 There could be no end of evil in the universe (Bleak prospect!!!)
2 Hell must be eternal
3 God is not all-powerful. He cannot destroy man, only make him uncomfortable
4 There would be no need for:
The cross
The resurrection
The second coming
5 You are your own god

Death - a peaceful pause, is a message of hope
1 Evil can come to an end rather than be immortalised
2 God can be "love" only if people will not suffer forever in Hell
3 The resurrection at the Second coming of Jesus is our only hope
4 God is the source of life - He offers it freely