Tuesday, March 16, 2021

There Is No Such Thing As Soul Sleep

Matthew 16:16, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 22:32, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Mark 12:27, “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.” Luke 20:38, “For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. These Scripture passages plainly teach that there cannot be such a thing as soul asleep. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. The Lord doesn't give temporal life, He gives everlasting life. That means now, right this moment, every believer has everlasting life. When the tabernacle of this body can no longer house our soul and spirit, it will perish, but the soul and spirit cannot die (Hebrews 4:12).

That means when we die there will be no break in our conscience. How could there be if we have everlasting life? God had warned Adam and Eve that they would both die, the day they disobeyed Him by eating of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge. Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” But the subtle serpent came along and lied to Eve, knowing that she was the weaker vessel. The serpent was the Devil according to Revelation 20:2. The serpent lied to Eve, assuring her that she wouldn't die. Genesis 3:4, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” So Eve ate the fruit.

But wait a minute! Was the serpent right? Adam also ate of the forbidden fruit, but neither he nor Eve died that day. In fact they lived hundreds more years before they physically died. Did God lie? No! Adam and Eve most certainly DID die the very day they disobeyed God. They died SPRITIAULLY. Romans 5:12 teaches that Adam opened the floodgate of sin upon the world, and so death came by sin upon all men. Every human being since Adam has been born spiritually DEAD. Except Jesus, because God was His literal biological Father, not Joseph. 

God offers us eternal life through Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection three days later. Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he [Jesus Christ] quickened [made alive spiritually], who were dead in trespasses and sins;Through Jesus Christ we can live forever and ever. John 5:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

So don't believe the false claims from Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists about soul sleep, because the Bible calls them liars. I say that kindly, but truthfully. The Lord Himself repeatedly promised eternal life to those who believe in His name. John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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