“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).
Matthew 25:46 states that Jesus will say to those who did not prepare for heaven, “these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.”
As shown in the above scriptures, the Bible uses the words “soul” and “spirit” interchangeably to refer to the eternal part of mankind made in the image of God.
Some have said that man does not have a living, eternal soul, and at death, like an animal, is non-existent. This would mean, as in the proverbial statement, that when we die we are like the dog Rover — dead all over.
At Luke 16:19-31, we read of the rich man and Lazarus, and there is evidence, beyond doubt, of the consciousness of the soul after death. These men could hear, think, talk and feel. After death the rich man remembered, and talked about things during his life on earth.
Again, Matthew 17:1-8 records the transfiguration of Christ, revealing that living souls of men (Moses and Elijah), dead for ages, talking with Jesus and living souls of men alive on earth. Could dead men talk without being conscious? No, so this shows their souls were alive. On this occasion a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: Hear ye him.”
We conclude without doubt:
- Moses and Elijah had been dead for ages.
- Moses and Elijah appeared on the mount in the first century.
- The two “dead” men talked with Jesus.
- The apostles witnessed their appearance and heard them speak.
The soul of man never dies! Where will your soul live eternally?
Jesus gave great hope when he said man cannot kill the soul (Matthew 10:28).
Are you preparing for eternity? To do so we must obey Jesus to have our sins forgiven by believing, repenting, confessing Jesus as the Son of God, and being baptized, and living faithfully until death (John 3:24; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32; Mark 16:16; Revelation 2:10). Let us know if we can help you with your salvation.
—Douglas A. Williams, Geneva AL