Please consider the following video as a message from the true Second Coming Christ:
When we are resurrected, what will become of our body? (Matthew 22:30)
We’ve learned that we were the sons of God, the spiritual beings like angels, before we were born into this sinful world.
Even Christ, who preexisted as the Creator (John 1:1-3), was born as a man; He departed this life by dying on the cross and again became the Ruler of the whole universe. How much more can the holy people of heaven be born as ordinary men and restored to their previous state by rising from the dead owing to the grace of Christ?
The life of Jesus, both before and after His life on earth, clearly shows our life before and after this life. Jesus preexisted as the Spirit from the beginning of time. He was once born of Mary’s flesh. However, when He died on the cross, His spirit separated from His body and continued to live, awaiting the morning of His resurrection. Jesus’ spirit never stopped existing. Likewise, when we die, our spirit will be separated from our body and will rest in paradise until the time of our resurrection. Before we came to this sinful world, we lived happily as spirits before the glorious throne of Jesus. However, by committing sin we came into this sinful world and were born of the flesh; losing the ability to fly freely, we are living the life of a prisoner.
By studying Jesus; life, before and after His earthly life, we can understand the life of ours, because Jesus is just like us in spirit and in body. If we were not like Him, we wouldn’t be able to go to heaven. The difference between Jesus and us is that He is God and we are His children. Just like Him, our spirit is immutable.
Then, was Jeus resurrected as the immutable being that He had been long before coming into this world? Or was He resurrected with a body as a souvenir of this world? If He had not returned to His original state of being, He would not be immutable. Christ, the Son of God, is always the same (Hebrews 13:8). If He were changeable, He would not be immortal.
It is nearly impossible to estimate the age of the universe. Christ, who has the power to create the infinite universe, came into this world in the flesh. Some say that Jesus returned to heaven in His body of flesh or with His divine nature changed. Such people show that they do not understand the divinity of Jesus Christ.
After Jesus resurrected, He appeared to His disciples in bodily form, so that they might believe His resurrection. Christ appeared as a man like one of us. He appeared to Saul with a light brighter than the noonday sun on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:6). When He appeared to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos, “His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters” (Revelation 1:12-16). So Apostle Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Thus, the resurrection of Jesus Christ means His being restored to His glorious image as God Himself, which no one can see. When Christ came into this world, He took flesh through the virgin Mary. And when He departed, He took off the robe of flesh and resurrected into the Godhead (Revelation 1:12-20).
Some may ask, “If Jesus; resurrection means His restoration to the original state, what about His body?” In studying this matter, we should first understand the mighty power of the Creator.
When the Lord appeared to Abraham in physical form, not in a vision, Abraham served God some curds, milk and the tender calf dish. Then God and two angels, who appeared as men, ate the food and left him (Genesis 18:1-4). It was neither a vision nor a revelation that Abraham saw. God is spirit, not flesh. In the power of the Creator, the invisible God made Himself visible to Abraham. God can create something out of nothing and change something into nothing. Jesus’ body at the time of His resurrection is preserved by His power.
For all that, we do not deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus. We just testify to the power of Jesus’ resurrection. Like Jesus, we took off our angelic garments and put on flesh through women, when we came to this sinful world because of our sin committed in heaven. However, if we are saved from this sinful world by the grace of Christ, even though our body dies, our spirit will take off our robe of flesh and wear the robe of Christ and rest in the heavenly paradise for the time being. And when Jesus come, we also will be bodily resurrected. Just as God appeared to Abraham in flesh, we will be able to put on flesh or take it off.
It is true that there will be the resurrection of our body. Our flesh and blood will be transformed into a perfect body — which is the angelic robe (I Corinthians 15:50-54).
Some think that marriage life and family system on earth will continue into the kingdom of heaven. However, such a system does not exist in heaven. If the earthly family system continued to exist in heaven, Jesus who is our example would have the same family that He had on earth; Mary would be His mother and His physical brothers would be His own brothers in heaven, too. However, Jesus didn’t call them His mother and brothers even on this earth (Luke 8:19-21, Matthew 10:35-36, Matthew 23:9, I Corinthians 7:8).
If earthly marriage continued in heaven, how lonely would single people be in the everlasting kingdom? If it were, it would be better to marry during this life. However, there is no marriage or family system in heaven; all of us are the sons of God like angels, and among ourselves we have brotherhood and friendship (Matthew 23:8-9).
In this world, we become children or parents according to the flesh and blood. But such a relationship no more exists after this life. We will all be equaland fair in our judgement. In our earthly life, we feel happy if our family members are saved. But actually, we do not clearly know who our enemies are and who our benefactors are among our family members, until we go to heaven. Of course, we have a responsibility for the salvation of our family while we live in this world. However, in heaven we will not feel sorry about any other person, because the unforgivable sin he had committed before he was born into the world will be laid bare. Rather, all the saved will praise and thank God who judges all righteously (Revelation 19:1-5).
If we were sorry for our unsaved relatives in heaven where we cannot hide our conscience, would we be able to praise God, who judges each person according to his deeds? If we grieve over our unsaved parents or children, we become complainers against God, who judges justly; though we praise God, He will not be pleased. In conclusion, our resurrection does not mean a resurrection of flesh and blood, but a restoration to our original state as angels (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, Luke 20:36). Our body will be perfectly changed.
So far, we’ve studied the principles of the soul through many verses to confirm its fundamentals. And I hope that all readers wil receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and be cleansed by His blood shed on the cross and RETURN to the heavenly country you left.
It is written: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison… ” (I Peter 3:18-21).
The Bible plainly says that Christ preached to the spirits in prison after His death on the cross. We just need to believe what is stated in its literal sense, not interpreting it in our own way. Christ’s great atonement on the cross was a blessing in heaven, on eath and under ground. In other words, the grace of Christ was proclaimed even to the spirits in prison who were moaning over their doom of destruction.
The above verses seem to mean that Jesus preached only to the spirits of those who had died in the days of Noah. Actually, He proclaimed the good news that He destroyed the pwer of death, to all the other spirits who sinned, too (Isaiah 61:1, Isaiah 42:7, I Peter 3:18-19, Matthew 27:50-53).
Some say that the saints, who were raised after Jesus’ resurrection, had a special resurrection. However, their resurrection was not a special one. All who were saved in the Old Testament were resurrected and entered the heavenly Jerusalem.
To understand this more clearly, we need to study the prophecy concerning Jesus’ resurrection. In Leviticus 23:10-16 is described the wave sheaf ceremony; the Israelites brought a sheaf of the firstfruits of their harvest to the priest and he waved the sheaf before the Lord.
This was a shadow of things to come; the agricultural harvests in Old Testament times represented the spirits of the redeemed in New Testament times. Jesus resurrected as the firstfruits of those fallen asleep. After His resurrection, the spirits of many who had died in Old Testament times were also resurrcted (I Corinthians 15:20).
By Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as the sin offereing, those who were saved in the Old Testament times entered into complete salvation (Hebrews 9:15).
As soon as Jesus gave up His spirit on the cross, the tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. After Jesus triumphed on the cross, He appeared to the spirits who had suffered in prison for a long time and brought them good news of great joy. When He told them to receive the eternal gospel, how joyfully would they receive their Savior? Jesus opened the prison door, so that they could be freed from the hands of Satan, Lucifer the morning star.
How great and glorious is the Creator’s plan of salvation for His children, born of His own Spirit! His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. He never neglects the small things. He governed and led His children before He came into this sinful world; He taught them while He was on earth; He showed mercy even to the spirits in the grave after He resurrected. Jesus does not neglect a single spirit. The gospel of Jesus Christ is preached even to the souls of those who have never heard the gospel and died since the creation of the world. If they were not given an opportunity to be saved, God would be unfair. However, God is always fair, and so is whatevr He does.
Somethink that there is no forgiveness of sins after death. But those who lived according to their conscience have a chance to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ even after death and be saved (Matthew 12:32).
There are two types of sins both in this world and in the world to come: One is forgivable, and the other unforgivable. Jesus distinguishes between forgivable and unforgivable sins. In human history, there are an innumerable amount of people who have died without hearing the gospel for thousands of years. If those numerous people are all punished and destroyed in hell, who will take responsibility for them?
Man is unjust in this sinful world. Christ is not. He has never provided an unfair way of salvation for the numerous souls. Christ, the Owner of the heavens and the earth and the dungeon, gives a chance to hear the gospel and be saved even to the spirits who have been locked up in the devil’s prison for thousands of years.
In the Bible, death does not mean the extinction of the body and the spirit, but the separation of the spirit from the body (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Matthew 10:28).
Considering the above verses, death means the extinction of the body, or the separation of the soul from the body.
The Bible records that Jesus was crucified and died. He preexisted as a spiritual being from the beginning. He is the very Word of God, who took flesh through the body of Mary (John 1:14). It is described that Jesus “gave up His spirit” when He died on the cross (Matthew 27:50).
After Jesus departed from His body, He preached to the spirits in prison. Jesus’ spirit that preexisted His body never died. His spirit can never die, not even for an hour, to say nothing of three days. Nevertheless, the Bible describes that Jesus died. This shows that death does not mean the extinction of the spirit but the separation of the spirit from the body.
The Bible describes death as sleep (John 11:11, 14). It is based on the premise that there exists life between death and resurrection. If there were no life after death, there would be no awakening. This is why sleep is different from death. Life exists, and it is to be awakened at the last day. During the intermediate period between death and resurrection, the soul rests in heavenly paradise, and the body, the dust, returns to the earth it came from.
Jesus did not saying anything without using a parable (Mark 4:33-34). By using parables, He preached the gospel and uttered things hidden since the creation of the world (Matthew 13:34-35); He revealed the profound truth about the spiritual things. None of the various parables are untrue.
One of the robbers, who were crucified with Jesus, begged Him earnestly, saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Then Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43). Jesus promised the robber who repented on the cross that he would be with Him in paradise that very day.
“You will be with me in paradise.” Some try to interpret these words in different ways. But there is no reason to interpret them differently at all; for the Gospel of Luke has more verses to reveal the truth of the soul and its importance than the other three Gospels (Luke 12:4-5, Luke 16:19-29, Luke 23:46, Luke 23:42-43, Luke 24:39).
Judging from these verses, it is certain that especially Luke had a good understanding of the soul. All his records are coherent in the whole context of the Gospel of Luke. So, this passage – “Today you will be with me in paradise” -must be taken literally.
When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, His disciples though that they saw a spirit. Acknowledging their thought, Jesus said to them, “A ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).
Within 2 Corinthians 12:2-3 the Bible clearly tells us that the spirit can be in the body or out of the body. If it were impossible for the spirit to exist apart from the body, the Bible would not have spoken the same words twice… and these verses testify also: Matthew 27:50, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 2 Corinthians 5:4, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23-24.
If the spirit were not with Christ immediately after departing from the body, Paul wouldn’t have said, “… which is better by far.” And Peter testified: 2 Peter 1:13-14.
What is it that puts on the tent of the body or put it aside? When the body dies, it rots away in the ground or is burned, and finally it is absorbed by animals or plants. It is only the spirit that maintains its identity at the resurrection (Revelation 6:9-11).
Some say that the altar mentioned above indicates the earthly one. Such people show that they do not grasp the whole context of Revelation. It is written in Revelation 4:1, “I will show you what must take place after this.” When the above words were spoken, the altar of the earth had already been destroyed through the Cross. And in Revelation 8:3, another angel stands at the altar, having incense to offer. Will they insist that this altar is also that of the earth? And it is written in Revelation 14:18, “Still another angel… came from the altar.” Putting the verses together, the altar must be the heavenly one. John saw a vision of the spirits of martyrs under the altar of the heavenly sanctuary. And apostle Paul mentioned the same place when he wrote to the Hebrews 12:22-23.
As clearly stated above, in the heavenly sanctuary there are thousands upon thousands of angels and also the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Jesus said in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms.” As in Solomon’s temple of the earth were many rooms, so are many rooms in the heavenly sanctuary; God let the spirits of the apostles and martyrs, who received His special blessings, stay there.
In conclusion, if we realize the fundamental principle of the spirit, we will surely understand that the human soul exists even after death. In other words, it is a priciple that if our soul preexisted our body, it survives although our body perishes; and it is a principle that if our spirit came into existance at our physical birth, it perishes when our body dies. To understand the fundamental truth of the soul, we need to carefully study our previous life.
We were originally the noble princes of heaven. We traveled freely among the stars in the universe, looking at all of God’s creations. We were the sons of God who praised Him (Job 38:4-7). However, unfortunately we were tempted by Lucifer and sinned, and we were cast out into this sinful world which is like a prison. In other words, our body is nothing but the outer garment of our soul; it restrains our soul until we put it off.
Though our soul is now confined in the body of sin, it belongs to the eternal angelic world. So we cannot stop lamenting until we put off the sinful body like a prison. Our death in Christ is a great emancipation of our soul from this sinful world; our soul is released from the chain of death and returns to our eternal home. The moment our body ceases to breathe, our soul leaves it and returns to God (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7).
By studying the truth of the soul, the eternal principle of life, we will attain freedom even during this life. Only through the truth about the angelic world where we were before coming to this sinful world, we can know what happens to our soul when our body dies; and we can see into the eternal world; moreover our soul can feel free even in the prison of the body — death or hardship or famine or persecution can no more bind our soul (Romans 8:35-39).
When we die in Christ, our soul will be released from body, the prison of sin, and return to the heavenly country, the angelic world. Because of this hope, we do not even fear death.
When Stephen faced death, he did not fear, for he saw the eternal world through the telescope of the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:55). Stephen saw the spiritual world, so he did not fear those who stoned him and prayed for his soul.
Among Moses’ records concerning the Creation, the record of God’s process of creating Adam and Eve contains the truth about this world and the world before the Creation. Now, let’s study how Adam was formed. As it is written: Genesis 2:7. A breath of life from God is a living soul. God’s breath is not the same as human breath: Whatever God breathes His breath into, it becomes a living soul. Jesus showed this kind of thing on the evening after His resurrection. “He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:22). God’s breath, the breath of life, is a molecule coming out of His creative power. So we call all the angels or the spirits “the sons of God,” and we call God “the Father of our spirits” or “our Father who is in heaven.” Myriads of angels in the universe are created with the living breath of God. Solomon described the breath of life, which God breathed into man’s nostrils, as the spirit given by God. (Ecclesiates 12:6-7). Thus, the breath of life which God breathed into Adam’s nostrils was called the soul, or the spirit. This life-giving breath of GOD has been breathed into myriads of angels. If they obey Him, they can remain alive forever. Sometimes the spirit born of God’s breath of life, is described as the wind. The prophet Ezekiel wrote concerning this as follows: (Ezekiel 37:8-10). And this wind is called the Spirit of God, as it is written in Ezekiel 37:14. The “winds’ mentioned above are not the winds blowing in the air, but God’s breath of life. If this breath of life is taken away from man, he will die; and if it returns to him, he will live again. In the days of Elijah, when the son of a widow in the land of Zarephath died, Elijah prayed: ” ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life [soul, KJV] return to him!’ … and the boy’s life [the soul of the child, KJV] returned to him, and he lived” (1 Kings 17:21-22).
The body is formed from dust of the earth; it is like a house in which a living soul dwells temporarily (I Corinthians 15:47-49). Here, we can see that Adam was of the earth, not of heaven. God breathed His breath of life into a lump of clay, and it became a living soul. In other words, it was not the dust itself that became a living soul, but God’s breath of life. Human breath passes away, but God’s breath, the breath of life, is indestructable. This living soul remains in itself, even if the lump of dust disappears. As Adam had a living soul, so do all men born into this world. When our soul that has borne the likeness of the earthly man departs from the earthly tent, we will live in an eternal house in heaven (II Peter 1:13-15, II Corinthians 5:1-9, Philippians 1:21-24).
If our soul leaves the earthly tent, that is, the body, we will be with Jesus Christ in Paradise for the time being. And when Jesus descends from heaven, we will come with Him (I Thessalonians 4:14, I Thessalonians 3:13, Jude 1:14).
On the Judgement Day, when Jesus Himself descends from heaven with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, our soul will be clothed with an imperishable and glorious robe, together with the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Being clothed with the robe of glory– this is the resurrection. The souls who have died in Christ will be clothed with the robe of glory, that is, the angelic robe. They will live forever with Christ in the angelic world, visiting every star in the whole universe. Amen.
Oh, poor men! Not knowing that they are the noble princes, they are enslaved to Satan and eventually face eternal destruction. How pitiful! If men had thought of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. But they do not know their own country, and finally they meet their end in the den of death.
Why do all men not know the country they left? It’s because their spirit puts on flesh. When the spirit wears the body, spiritual memory of the previous life is completely lost and a physical intelligence develops.
All men put on the veil of sin, so they cannot remember their previous lives. For the mortal men, having fallen into sin, God established the administration of redemption. And He showed dimly the previous life to the prophets whom He sent in each age. So if we put all the related verses together and study them, we will understand who the Father of our spirits is and how we existed before coming to this world. But none of the earthly men will understand the heavenly things by themselves, though they study all the Scriptures. The prophet Isaiah wrote in regard to this as follows: Isaiah 29:11-12 and Paul wrote: 2 Timothy 3:16.
Moses’ record of the Creation is a revelation given by God. To ordinary people, however, it is like words sealed in a scroll. Only those who accept the truth, though putting on the veil of sin, can understand how our soul was created and how we lived before the creation of the world. For this, we need to study the history of the heavenly [angelic] world as well as the earthly one.
Where were we before we came to this world? Solomon wrote concerning this as follows: Proverbs 822-23 & Ecclesiastes 1:10. If we look at the above words written by the same hand through one Spirit, it is clear that Solomon’s words refer not only to himself, but also to all men. And the writer of the book of Psalms wrote as follows: Psalms 90:1-2. All of these verses are textually related to one another. God said to Job, one of the oldest writers of the Old Testamet: Job 38:2-7, 21.
It is certain that Job was somewhere when God laid the earth’s foundation. Job’s soul was already created before the world began. For the Lord said, “Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!” and “All the angels [sons of God] shouted for joy.” Some readers may ask, “Who are the sons of God?” They are the holy people of heaven who were in the universe before Adam and Eve sinned, before their spirits put on flesh. This spiritual world is called the angelic world, where the holy people of heaven used to attend the whole assembly of the firstborn (Hebrews 12:23). Job described them as the sons of GOD. The reason the holy people of heaven are called the sons of God is because they are created in God’s own image by His breath of life. The purpose of Jesus’ coming to this earth is to make known to us the Father of our spirits and show Himself to us. As it is written: John 17:3-6.
Whenever Jesus mentioned God to His disciples, He said, “…your heavenly Father…” (Matthew 5:48, Matthew 6:4-6). And He said: “Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9.
‘Father’ whom Jesus mentioned above indicates the Father of our spirits, not our biological fathers. So the Apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews: Hebrews 12:9. Studying this verse, we can see who God’s sons are that ‘shouted for joy at the beginning of the creation’; and we can understand why we call God “our Father in heaven.” In other words, we have our spiritual Father who created our spirits by His breath of life, just as we have our human fathers through whom our bodies are given birth.
Truly, our home, our place of origin is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Angelic World.
Many Christian churches may assume that the heavenly country we are going to is the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve lived. But if it were the Garden of Eden, there would be lots of contradictions: In the Garden of Eden there was a marriage system, and the married couple were to be fruitful and increase in number. If men were fruitful and multiplied in the world where there is no death, how many populations would be there in the eternal kingdom of heaven for countless years? In the Garden of Eden, there was a system as follows:
Genesis 2:18-20 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” God created Eve to be Adam’s wife, and He said:
Genesis 1:27-28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” However, Jesus Christ said:
Matthew 22:30 “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Luke 20:34-36 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, … for they are like the angels” (cf. Mark 12:24-25).
Jesus said that at the resurrection we will neither marry nor be given in marriage and we will not be like Adam of the earth but like the angels in heaven. This testifies that the kingdom of heaven we are going to is not Eden where Adam and Eve lived. The Apostle Paul wrote concerning this as follows:
I Corinthians 15:47 “The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
The man of the dust of the earth means the man of the body. And the man from heaven means Jesus as well as the sons of God (Job 38:7), the heavenly hosts and angels who have been with Him from the beginning. Though we are of the earth, we will leave this physical world and go to the spiritual world, the kingdom of heaven. The physical beings can be changed into the spiritual ones, and the spiritual into the physical.
To men, the angelic world seems to greatly differ from the human world. But to God it doesn’t, because He can move angels from the spiritual world to this human world, and from this human world to the spiritual world. We were originally created to be spiritual beings. However, by committing sin in heaven we came to this sinful world, being transformed into physical beings – into the likeness of sinners (Ezekiel 28:11-16). However, if we are cleansed by the precious blood of Christ, we will be restored to the glorious state in the angelic world. The Apostle Paul wrote, too:
Ephesians 1:3-4 who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world… And Jesus said:
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Even before the world was made, Jesus had already chosen His loving people who were with Him in the spiritual world. Unfortunately, they were tempted by Satan and lost from heaven. To seek and to save the lost, Jesus came to earth. When He comes on the last day, we will be transformed into His likeness (Philippians 3:21; John 3:1-8). The heavenly country we are going to is not the Garden of Eden where the earthly beings once lived, but God’s world where the spiritual beings live. We can see millions of galaxies in the vast universe, traveling freely anywhere in the spiritual world.
The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This shows that death comes through sin. All men born into this world are destined to die. So this eath is called the world of sin. Then, which sin brings death, the sin committed on earth or the sin committed in heaven?
In this world, no one can escape death. It happens even to babies under a year old. So, we cannot say that death is caused by the sin committed in this world, can we?
Focusing on the words, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), let’s study the principle of sin and death. According to the Bible, the reason Adam and Eve died was that they could not eat from the tree of life by breaking God’s command in the Garden of Eden. If they had eaten from the tree of life even after committing sin, they would have lived forever. For it is written:
Genesis 3:22-24 “And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”
He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” These words imply that Adam would have lived forever if he could have eaten of the tree of life, even though he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The reason all men die is because they cannot eat from the tree of life, not just because they commit sin in this world. Now, if we eat from the tree of life, we will live forever. However, sinners are not allowed to reach out their hands and take from the tree of life and eat. For the poor men destined to die, Jesus came and opened up a way to the tree of life; only those who are cleansed with Jesus’ precious blood, shed on the cross, can have the right to the tree of life and to the holy city (Revelation 7:14; cf. 22:14).
However righteous a man may be on this earth, he cannot come near the tree of life without the precious blood of Christ. Though a man is a grave sinner in this world, if he is purified with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, he can have the right to the tree of life.
No one can enter the kingdom of heaven without Jesus’ blood of the covenant, the blood of the Passover of the new convenant. At the Holy Supper of the Passover, Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:7-20).
Genesis chapters 1, 2 and 3 seem to be a shortened record of human history. But when interpreted spiritually, it covers a vast range of history. The story of Adam and Eve and the serpent should not be regarded merely as an old story of the Garden of Eden just as most Christians view. In its history, we can discover the profound truths about the past and the present.
First, concerning Adam, the apostle Paul wrote:
“…as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.” Romans 5:14
Second, concerning Eve, he wrote:
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be somehow led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Third, concerning the serpent, Apostle John wrote:
“The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent (who tempted Eve) called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” Revelation 12:9
The serpent who deceived Eve is “the ancient serpent,” who is called “the great dragon, or the devil, or Satan.” Studying it spiritually, we can find profound truths of the angelic world before the creation of the earth. Adam represents Jesus, and Eve the angels whom He loved in the angelic world before the earth was created. The prophet Isaiah decribed Lucifer’s rebellious action in heaven like that of the king of Babylon as follows: (Isaiah 14:12-15).
Here, let’s look once more into the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent written in Genesis chapters 1, 2 and 3, physically and spiritually. In the Garden of Eden lived a happy couple, Adam and Eve. They obeyed God’s command, and they were blameless as the rulers over the earth. Adam tried to obey God’s word absolutely, and Satan could not make Adam stumble by any crafty means. God gave Adam a command, “Do not eat…” (Genesis 2:16-17). Satan already knew that Adam had firmly resolved to obey God’s command; he could not attack Adam directly, so he tempted Eve who was weak, in the absence of Adam (Genesis 3:1-17).
It was not Satan’s ultimate purpose to tempt Eve only. Satan was sure that Adam would stumble if he tempted Eve first; as it is written, “The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh’ … and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2:23-25). Satan was confident that if Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam would also eat of it because he loved her so much, even regarding her as his own flesh. As Satan expected, Adam, who knew that Eve had eaten from the tree, also ate the forbidden fruit; for he could not leave her to die alone. Finally they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. What does this history of Adam and Eve teach us? It is written:
I Corinthians 15:45-46 The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
Romans 5:12-14 …as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
The above verses imply that through Adam we can find some profound truth about Jesus Christ. In other words, Adam stands for Jesus Christ, and Eve represents the saints in Him. As it is written in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3.
In the spiritual world before the creation of this world, Jesus Christ loved His holy people as Himself. As Adam loved Eve, so Jesus loved them. As Adam had power to reign over the earth, so Jesus Christ had power to reign over the whole universe (Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:15-16). Satan aimed at His sovereignty. Seizing the opportunity, he deceived the angels whom Jesus loved most and caused them to sin and be driven own from heaven, just as he did to Eve (Genesis 3:1-6). By doing that, Satan schemed that Jesus would come down to earth, like the fallen angels.
Satan was confident that if Jesus came down to earth in the flesh, he would successfully tempt Him, just as he deceived Eve, so that He might not go back up to heaven. As he expected, Jesus Himself came down to earth in the flesh to save the souls who sinned, and sacrificed His body as a sin offering for them. “The wages of sin is death.” In order to save the spirits who sinned, a righteous person without sin must die. According to ancient law, if a man sets a sinner free, he must die instead of the sinner (I Kings 20:42).
The priests, scribes and elders, who handed Jesus over to be crucified, mocked Him: “He saved others… but he can’t save himself!” (Matthew 27:41-42). Jesus dies for the souls who sinned, but He rose from the dead and revealed His glory all over the universe. Satan was surprised at this. Since the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) and “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4 NASB), Satan thought that Jesus would not be able to save Himself, even though He saved the souls who sinned by dying for them (Matthew 27:41-44).
However, Jesus saved not only the souls who sinned but also Himself. This mystery was hidden in the Passover, God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, the land of slavery, which represents this sinful world (Exodus 12:12-38). And on the Day of Atonement, He placed all the sins of the Israelites, which stained the sanctuary, on the head of the scapegoat that represented Satan, and He sent the goat away into the desert (Leviticus 16:20-22).
This was a shadow of the things to come. As the Passover lamb, Jesus brought His people out of this sinful world through His precious blood shed on the cross, instead of the blood of the lamb. And as the sin offering of the Day of Atonement, He atoned all His people’s sins through His blood, instead of the blood of a goat; and He handed all their sins over to Satan represented as the scapegoat, so that He could save all His people and Himself as well.
Death is destroyed if sin is removed, because it entered the world through sin (Romans 5:12). So if all people’s sins leading to death are handed over to Satan, death too will be handed over to him. Though Jesus died for the sins of all people, He could rise again because all their sins that He temporaily carried on Himself were handed over to Satan and consequently death was also handed over to him.
Satan, who was not aware of this mysterious principle, thought that he would gain victory over Jesus if he put Him to death by charging Him with sin. So he crucified Jesus, not knowing that all people’s sins would be handed over to himself. After the Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus cast Satan, who was attending the general assembly of the firstborn in heaven, completely down to this sinful world – the den of death (Hebrews 2:14-15; John 12:31-33, Revelation 12:4-9).
Putting the above veres together, we come to know that Satan had the right to attend the general assembly of the firstborn and he was not completely expelled from heaven until the Crucifixion. However, after the Ascension, Jesus drove him out from heaven and won a victory over him.
Some may think that ‘war in heaven’ in Revelation 12:7 broke out when Adam sinned, and that Satan was cursed and expelled from the Garden of Eden at that time. Actually, Satan had already sinned and was expelled from heaven before Adam sinned. However, he was not completely driven out like Adam and Eve; he deprived Adam of his sovereignty and atteneded the general assembly of the firstborn of heaven as the representative of the earth (Job 1:6-7; 2:1-2; Hebrews 12:23). If Satan had been cast out into the earth with Adam, he would have have been able to attend the general assembly of heaven. It was after the Ascension that Satan was completely expelled from heaven. After being thrown down to the earth, Satan persecuted the Church of God, and he will also persecute God’s remnant people in the last days (Revelation 12:13-17).
Jesus is the last Adam, and the redeemed can be called the last Eve.
In the Old and New Testaments, the holy people of heaven are called by various names: the angels in heaven (Matthew 22:30), a great company of the heavenly host (Luke 2:13) or the sons of God (Job 38:7; Genesis 6:1-3).
Like human society, in heaven there is a king as well as officials, soldiers and people. The heavenly host or angel is the name given to the workers of God, and the name sons of God are applied to the holy people heaven. Even so, the heavenly hosts or angels are not different from the sons of God but the same, because all of them are created with God’s breath of life. So we will be like angels at the resurrection. As it is written:
Luke 20:36 “and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.”
Such precious spirits sinned against God, being tempted by Satan. As unconvicted prisoners, they are now seeking God’s favor in this city of refuge.
Among the twelve tribes of Israel, there were six cities of refuge under Moses’ law (Numbers 35:10-15; Deuteronomy 19:1-10; Joshua 20:9). If anyone accidentally killed a person, he could flee to the cities and be protected from the hands of the blood avenger.
If a man struck someone while fighting so that he died, he was to be put to death. Even though he fled to the city of refuge, if proven guilty after thorough investigation, he was to be handed over to the avenger of blood for execution by the elders of the city. But if a man killed another unintentionally and fled to the city of refuge before the avenger of blood caught him, he could save his own life. he was to stay there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil. Afterwards, he was free to return to his home (Numbers 35:15-32) –spiritually this represents the heavenly country.
This is a shadow of a real event that occurred in heaven. We are God’s sons who sinned unintentionally, being tempted by Satan, and fled to this sinful world – the city of refuge. Like the case of the city of refuge under Moses’ law, we are released from this city of refuge and return to the heavenly country by the death of Jesus Christ – the Holy High Priest. Among all men born into this world, those whose souls will not be saved have been predestined to serve Satan from the beginning. As Satan’s fallen angels, they will afflict God’s people (II Corinthians 11:14-15).
The prophet Ezekiel described how the king of Tyre had been in heaven before he was born into this world (Ezekiel 28:12-16).
Even Jesus revealed the truth of what happened in heaven through the many parables that He told, all of which were based on truth, not falsehood (Luke 15:4-7).
And it says: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10
The above passage refers to our past, present and future. Every parable spoken by Jesus is important; for it contains God’s mysterious secrets of the past and the future. As it is written in Matthew 13:10-11; 34-35.
Our previous life can be accurately explained through the life of Jesus. Jesus’ appearance was just like men’s, so His neighbors could not find any difference between Him and ordinary people. They said: “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?” (Matthew 13:55).
Jesus appeared in teh same form as us, in order to help us realize that we are just like Him in body and in soul and understand the fundemental truth of our previous and future life. If Jesus’ body and soul were different from ours, we wouldn’t be able to believe that we will resurrect or go to the kingdom of heaven and we would come to the conclusion that we will not be in the same state as Jesus. However, if we understand that Jesus’ life and state are the same as ours, we will be able to believe that we are going to heaven.
First, we need to look into Jesus’ life and state, both before and after His life on earth, through His words in the Bible.
Jesus prayer the closing prayer at the Last Passover Supper as follows: John 17:5-10. This prayer is for the recovery of the glory Jesus had with His people before the world began. It says in the Bible that Jesus Christ was with God and came to us (I John 1:2, John 6:62). Before Jesus came into this world, He existed as the Word of God (John 1:1-5, 14), and the Word created all things (Colossians 1:14-17; I Corinthians 8:6). Jesus is our Lord, who is worthy of having equal authority with God (John 10:30, Philippians 2:6-7, Isaiah 9:6).
Even Christ, the Word of the Creator, took on human flesh and was born into the world through the Virgin Mary. How much more can the spirits of God’s sons, created by God, wear the body and be born as men! There is no difference between Jesus and us in spiritual state except in rank. Ordinary people are the angels, or the holy people of heaven, who sinned and were born as men; they were all driven our from heaven because they rebelled against God, being tempted by Satan. Among them, some sinned intentionally, being tempted, and were unjustly accused and hurled to the earth. To seek and to save them, Jesus Himself came into this sinful world. As it is written:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10
When we study the subject of the soul, we must answer the following three questions: First, where does our soul come from? Second, why does our soul put on flesh and live in this sinful world? And third, where does our soul go after we die? These three questions are very important for the hope of all mankind.
Without knowing where we are from, how can we know where we are going? Now, let’s look carefully at the words of Jesus who gives definite answers to all these questions and the profound truths of the Creator spoken through the prophets, passed on over thousands of years.
Solomon said: “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises…. what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…” Ecclesiastes 1:5-11
Apostle Paul wrote: “If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.”
This verse means that if anyone does not think of the country he left, he has no opportunity to return. Certainly there is a place where the human soul comes from and where it goes. The body is born and perishes in this world, but the soul returns to wherever it came from. So the forefathers of faith admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth (Hebrews 11:13-16). When Jacob, the forefather of Israel, was asked how old he was, he replied to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, as follows: “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty” (Genesis 47:8-9).
All the above words spoken by the forefathers of faith tell us that all men in this world are aliens and strangers who have come from heaven, their previous world. Nevertheless, there are not many who think of their own country. It’s because they completely lost their memory of the previous life by putting on the veil of sin. The prophet Isaiah wrote in regard to this matter as follows:
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
In the spiritual world, we were noble angels, or the sons of God. However, because of our sin we have to come to this world; our spiritual eyes are covered with the veil of sin, so that we cannot see the things of the heavenly country. But sometimes we are unwittingly reminded of our previous life in heaven. It’s because our soul, given by God, occasionally transcends the veil of our sinful flesh and looks at the heavenly country.
Some say that the human soul no longer exists after death, because it is written: “When you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17) and “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). Of course, it is true that when a sinner dies, his souls also dies. But the death of the body differs from that of the soul, because the body is formed from the dust of the ground and the spirit is given by God (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
The death of the body is the first death, and the death of the soul is the second death (Luke 12:4-5; Revelation 20:6, 14) The first death, the death of the body, is due to the sin of the flesh inherited from Adam, the ancestor of all men (Romans 5:12-18; I Corinthians 15:47-50). And the second death, the death of the soul, is due to an individual sin committed in the angelic world. The Bible says that each one will be judged according to what he has done (Revelation 20:14-15). What each one did in the angelic world is to be done again in this world; he is to be judged both in body and in soul.
What Church of God World Mission Society says about the soul is different than the theory of the human soul’s immortality that other churches teach, but the Biblical teaching that not only the soul who sins but also the angels who sin will be judged and put to death after all. The Apostle Paul said: “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement” (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone dies after his physical death, his soul is judged according to what he has done (Romans 2:6-10; Revelation 20:12).
Luke 12:47-48 That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.
The above verses clearly show that on the Day of Judgment each person will be punished according to his deeds- according to the degree of his sin – for an hour or a day or a generation. After being punished, the soul perishes forever. This is the second death. But the devil and the false prophets, who have deceived the nations, will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:10).
First, let’s listen to the words of those who deny the soul, and continue our study of the soul.
In the Bible, the word “soul” has two meanings. In the Old Testament it means the life of the living, and in the New Testament it literally means the spirit of the dead. The sould usually means the spirit of the dead, but it also refers to the living because it also exists in a living person.
However, some deny the soul and disregard all the testimonies of the soul spoken by Jesus and the apostles. They study only the Old Testament written under the dim moonlight, so that they cannot reach the truth. Even if there are hundreds of records about the soul in the Old Testament, what is important is to focus on the words of Jesus the Owner of the soul and the words of the apostles taught by Him. We must continue our study based on their words.
Those who deny the soul’s existance quote verses only from the Old Testament; it’s because they can’t find a single verse that denies the soul in the New Testament. However, the Old Testament verses do not deny the soul, either. As it is written in Psalm 6:5 Studying this verse carefully in the context, we can see that these words do not mean that no one has the spirit after death, but that no one can give thanks to God in the grave unless he is saved. So it is written Psalm 6:1-4, Psalm 115:17-18; Psalm 146:3-4; Ecclesiastes 9:5-10; Ecclesiastes 3:19-20.
Literally, all the above verses seem to mean that when a man dies, his spirit ceases to exist and his fate is like that of the animals after death. However, the following verses in the same book clearly testify about the spirit: Ecclesiastes 3:21; Ecclesiastes 12:7.
There cannot be any contradisctions in the same book written by the same person. The reason there seems to be a contradiction is because the words for the body and the words for the soul are recorded separately. In the book of Job, it is written:
Job 14:10 But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more (Job 17:13-16).
Reading the above words carefully we can see it is referring to the body. Job uttered those words when he had no hope for resurrection and eternal life. (Job 14:7-14). Job spoke these words without any hope for resurrection. This shows that he uttered the words without knowledge of the soul. Some think that every word of the Bible is spoken from God. They are greatly mistaken. The 66 books of the Bible contain words uttered by hundreds of different people. These words are grouped into 3 kinds: true teachings given by the Holy Spirit, the words against God’s will, and the mistaken words from men’s opinions. so we should look at the context of each verse carefully to find its correct meaning.
In studying the Bible, we should first know the purposes of the Old and New Testaments. The teachings of the New Testament are different from those of the Old Testament. So when we study the Old Testament, it seems to contradict the New Testament, and when we study the New Testament, it seems to contradict the Old Testament.
Biblicists generally interpret the words of the Old Testament and of the New Testament in the same way. Of course, some verses may have the same meaning, but in fact there is a great difference between the two Testaments: They are as different as heaven and earth, the sun and the moon, actuality and shadow, reality and copy. When we understand this, we will find the profound truth of the New Testament which is the reality, through the Old Testament that is the shadow, without any conflict between the two (Ephesians 3:5).
The Old Testament is a shadow of the things to come in the New Testament times; and the New Testament is a reality to teach directly the profound truth revealed to the apostles and the prophets by the Holy Spirit. Indeed, the Old Testament functions as a shadow to dimly show the things to come in the New Testament times. The Old Testament is a teaching for physical happiness and blessings of the earthly ones, as it is written in Deuteronomy 28:1-6. But in the New Testament Jesus said, “How hard is it for the rich to enter the kingdom of GOD! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of GOD.” Mark 10:23-25.
In the Old Testament, it was a blessing to live long. But in the New Testament, to die every day for Christ is a blessing.
Thus, when we study the soul, we have to understand that there is a difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In other words, the Old Testament was like the dim moonlight reflecting the sunlight – the New Testament – to come later; so it could not reveal the profound truth of the soul clearly. Now, the dim moonlight has passed and the sunlight has come. The New Testament brings to light the truth of the soul which was seen dimly. If we only look at the Old Testament, the human soul seems to disappear after death. But the New Testament clearly shows that the human soul continues to exist even after death. However, we cannot come to a definite conclusion only through the New Testament. By connecting and studying both the Old and New Testaments, we can find the fundamentals of the soul and reach its perfect truth.
The fundamentals of the soul can be sought from the question: “Where does our soul come from?” If we get a correct answer to this question, we will find the perfect truth without contradiction.
Let’s next study how the soul is formed and where it comes from.
God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, because Adam and Eve were not perfect. To the perfect beings, any law does not become a hindrance. As it is written:
1 Timothy 1:9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious;
To those who are not perfect, the law becomes a great hinderance. In regard to this, the Apostle Paul said:
Romans 7:10-11 “I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
In Eden, the commandment was this: “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” However, Satan deceived Eve into eating from the forbidden tree and she gave some to Adam and he ate it, and they came to die (Gen. 3:1-6). The commandment was intended to bring life, but men broke it and became slaves to death after all. As it is written:
Romans 5:20-21 “The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God’s administration is profound and mysterious. In the Garden of Eden, God established a law – “Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” but the law brought death. On Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites as a law, but it also resulted in death for them (Romans 7:9-11). Christ came to the earth to save men destined to die. Whoever believes in Him is to be saved (John 3:4-18; Romans 3:21-26).
While Adam led many people to sin by his natural body, Jesus led many to eternal life by His spiritual body; He came to save the souls who were destined to die because of Adam’s sin, leaving the glorious throne. In regard to this, the Apostle Paul wrote that is it sown a natural and it is raised a spiritual body (I Corinthians 15:42-49).
Some may ask, “Why does God forsake the many in order to save the few?” The reason many are forsaken is that a large number of angels committed sin deserving death by rebelling against God in the world of angels. Just thinking of the human world, the number of the forsaken seems to be very large. But considering the vast angelic world of the whole universe, it is quite small. If some are saved as a little flock among many doomed to death, their glory will reach heaven. How much will they thank their Redeemer for His grace? By saving the few, God makes the redeemed know the glory of their Redeemer (Romans 9:21-24).
God made a large number of pottery for common use, in order to make known His glory to the pottery for noble purposes. He reveals His mysterious and profound administration only to the few, through many tests, so that they may give glory to Him.
This parable shows some hidden secrets of the angelic world: The ninety-nine sheep represent ninety-nine righteous persons in heaven who do not need to repent- they are the heavenly angels called the sons of God, and the lost one sheep represents the lost one sinner. Jesus lost one sheep out of a hundred in heaven; He came into the world to seek and to save the lost sheep from heaven (Luke 19:10). Jesus spoke many things in parables; He didn’t speak anything without using a parable, so that He might seek His own people.
Matthew 13:34-35 “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
God’s secret hidden since the creation of the world is His administration of redemption by which He chose us in the angelic world (Ephesians 1:3-9) Jesus said:
Matthew 13:10-11 “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”
Matthew 13:14-17 “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’”
The above verses show that those who are to be saved were already chosen in Christ before the creation of world. Therefore the “ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent in heaven” in Luke 15:7 are thousands upon thousands of angels in heaven; as it is written in Hebrews 12:22-23, “…to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God… to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven… to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.”
In regard to whom God has chosen, some may test God, saying, “If God has chosen me, I will be saved; and if He hasn’t, I will not be saved.” They may neglect God’s calling, behaving imprudently in church. To such people the Bible says: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Matthew 4:7
It is not because God needed us that He chose us from eternity, but because He had pity on us who were destined to die because of minor sins committed in the world of angels. As it is written:
Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
If the chosen become so imprudent as to rebel against God, they will be driven out and their places will be taken by those who force their way into heaven though they were destined to be destroyed (Matt. 11:12, Luke 16:16).
Some churches say that angels function as the Holy Spirit. However, there is not a single verse in the 66 books of the Bible which says that angels are the Spirit, or that they function as the Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote:
Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
In the Bible, angels are described in the plural, but the Spirit is described in the singular.
I Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body… and we were all given the one Spirit to drink (cf. Ephesians 4:4-6).
Thus, angels are many, but the Spirit is one. Angels can rebel against God and be cast into hell (2 Peter 2:4). The saved people can judge angels (I Corinthians 6:3). There are some records saying that angels are put to judgement, but no record says that the Spirit is put to judgement.
The Bible say that the Spirit searches all things – even the deep things of God (I Corinthians 2:10) – but angels do not know the mysterious administration of God. As it is written:
I Peter 1:12 …when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
It is written that angels long to look into the gospel preached by the Holy Spirit. This is evidence there is basically a great difference between angels and the Holy Spirit. The Bible describes angels as “the angels of the Lord” or “the heavenly hosts” or “the sons of God.” Sometimes people mistake the angel of the Lord for the Lord Himself (Ex. 3:2-5; Judg. 6:12-23; 13:21-22). However, “the angel of the Lord” cannot change into “the Lord.” The reason they confuse the angel of the Lord with the Lord Himself is because they misinterpret the Bible without grasping the correct meaning from the context. As it is written:
Judges 6:12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” As the angel of the Lord testified to the Lord, they came to call the angel the Lord.
The Lord always walks with His angel. That’s why sometimes people mistake the angel of the Lord for the Lord Himself when they read the Bible. Angels are creatures of God; they are called the sons of God or the hosts of heaven (I Kings 22:19; Daniel 7:9-10). Angels are messengers send by God into the world; sometimes they destroy people (Ex. 12:13; 2 Kings 19:35; Ezekiel 9:1-6; Ps. 78:49), and sometimes they guard individual men (Ex. 23:20; Dan. 10:13).
Teachings about angels were better understood in the New Testament times. The Bible does not describe angels in detail. Some verses say that they protect each person, following him all the time. As it is written:
Hebrews1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” And Jesus said:
Matthew 18:10-11 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
When Peter was in prison, an angel rescued him on the Passover night. The news reached the saints praying in Mark’s attic. Then they were surprised and said, “It must be his angel” (Acts 12:1-15). Angels always follow and guard those who will inherit salvation. When we do good, they speak boastingly of us before God and other angels. When we do wrong, they worriedly report to God. Angels can easily come and go to the throne of God, carrying our prayers or reports; and sometimes they bring the tidings of salvation to us. Therefore angels have a close relationship with men. Studying the relationship between the angels and men who sinned, we will discover the deep secrets about God’s administration of redemption. Angels are invisible to the human eye. But in the eyes of God they have a certain form; they cannot hide anywhere in the spiritual world even for a split second.
The Bible says that angels are spirits (Hebrews 1:14). The breath of life God breathes into men is also called a spirit (Hebrews 12:23). Jesus says that at the resurrection we will be like the angels in heaven (Matthew 22:30; cf. Mark 12:25; Luke 20:36).
Then, do men exist first and become angels later? Or are the angels born as human beings by committing sin and then become angels again to return to their heavenly home through the grace of Christ? We must find a definite answer to this question.