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 Life after Death

Its a message of hopeAsk the next 5 people you meet what happens when you die? You will probably get 5 different answers:

You could

  • go straight to heaven, or hell, or somewhere in between (depending)
  • go to the spirit world
  • Be recycled ( reincarnated)
  • Sleep until the resurrection
  • Thats it!

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

1/ Only God is immortal -1 Timothy 6:15,16

while man is mortal

  • Romans 2:7 – We only seek what we don’t have
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51 & 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – Man receives immortality at resurrection at Jesus return

2/ How man was made, what happens when he dies

-Genesis 2:7 Dust of ground + Breath of Life = Living being or soul

-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

3/ 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

4/ His state in death

  • Not praising God – Psalm 115:17; 6:5
  • Not concious – Ecclesiates 9:5,6 The living know they will die, the dead know nothing
  • Compared to a sleep Daniel 12:2, 13; John 11:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:51; Thessalonians 4:13-

5. The Resurrection is the only hope

Established by the resurrection of Jesus -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

  • At the last day -John 6:39, 40,44, 54
  • 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


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.


1. God alone is immortal.

2. Jesus promises eternal life now and we will get it at the second coming.

3. 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!!!) hell

2. Hell must be eternal, and

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


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