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Lesson 07 - When a Person Dies

A part of the earliest record of human history is the record of Satan’s attempt to deceive our race. Employing the serpent as his medium, he sought to conceal his purposes, and with consummate skill endeavored to raise questions with regard to God’s stated requirements. “And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, them your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1, 4, 5. We must never forget that the only one who promised Adam life in disobedience was the great deceiver. In his first encounter with man, Satan preached the first sermon on the immortality of the soul.
1. What did God promise man would be the result of disobedience?     Genesis 2:16,17
2. From what was man made?     Genesis 2:7
3. What did God them do in order to make him a living soul?     Genesis 2:7
NOTE: It was not a living soul that was put into man, but the breath of life. When breath from God is put into the body, the body and breath then become a living soul.
4. What happens to the soul that sins?     Ezekiel 18:20
5. What happens to the body at death?     Genesis 3:19
6. What happens to the spirit?     Ecclesiastes 12:7
7. With what did Job compare the spirit of God that is in a man?     Job 27:3
NOTE: From these verses we can see that the spirit of life by which a man lives, and which is loaned to him from God goes back to God. It was God’s to begin with, and when a man dies, it returns to Him. Man can have this life eternally only as a gift from God through Jesus Christ. See Romans 6:23. When the spirit goes back to God, the dust, which in the beginning had combined with the breath to make a “living soul,” goes back to the earth as it was.
8. How did Jesus refer to death?     Luke 8:52; John 11:11-14
9. Where do the dead sleep?     Daniel 12:2
10. What becomes of a man’s thoughts at death?     Psalms 146:3, 4
NOTE: In sleep many functions of the mind are suspended for the time; there is no awareness of the passage of time or of events taking place. In death, one loses all the attributes of his mind, such as love, hatred and envy. See Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10.
11. Who only has immortality (never dies)?     1 Timothy 6:13-16
12. Is it possible for men to have immortality?     1 Corinthians 15:53
13. How do we receive this life?     Romans 6:23
14. To whom is this life given?     Matthew 19:17
NOTE: Because of disobedience it became man’s portion to die. Isn’t it most unreasonable to believe that eternal life will be granted under any other condition than that of obedience?
15. Why is this so?     1 John 3:4-6
NOTE: Jesus came that He might overcome Satan and, by His Spirit living in us, gives us that same power to overcome. For us to continue to live out of harmony with His expressed will His law reveals that we really have no living connection with Him. 
16. When will God’s people receive this gift of life?     1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
Adam’s sin resulted in bringing death upon the whole human race; all alike go down into the grave. At the resurrection, however, a distinction will be made; all will fall into one of two categories, those who have done good and those who have done evil. See John 5:28, 29. Those who have not repented and renounced their sins cannot obtain pardon. They must receive the penalty of transgression: “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.
It is impossible for God to remain consistent with His justice and mercy and at the same time save sinners in their sins. Thus the sinner deprives himself of eternal life.
By his transgression he has proved himself unworthy and has forfeited the privilege of everlasting life.