Our Body is the Prison of Our Soul

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.

The Soul Made by God’s Breath of Life

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.

Why Does Man Not Remember His Previous Life?

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.

Our Home Is the Angelic World

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.

Our Country We Will Return to

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.

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