Human Soul Exists Even After Death

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 nothingĀ 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 atĀ 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.

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