ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ancient Egyptian pagan religion Similarities with 'Christianity' CANNOT disprove Bible

Updated on May 22, 2010

Immortality of the Soul, is NOT Biblical.

 There are some, whose ignorance of the accurate teachings of the Bible, permit them to compare Horus with Christ, and to make the horrendous claim, that the Bible is an amalgamation of many ancient myths borrowed from various cultures.

Know this, that much of what Christendom [professed Christians] teach, the Bible itself disagrees with. Christendom, has creeds, dogmas, and rituals, that have been borrowed from pagan customs and teachings.

All of these ancient religions support the unbiblical "Immortal soul" concept, and most support polytheism [veneration of many gods]. These are all contrary to what the Bible really teaches.

For TRUE worship, TRUTH is a MUST.

 

John 4:24    NW

 

24 God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.”

 

 

John 7    NW

 

16 Jesus, in turn, answered them and said: “What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me. 17 If anyone desires to do His will, he will know concerning the teaching whether it is from God or I speak of my own originality. 18 He that speaks of his own originality is seeking his own glory; but he that seeks the glory of him that sent him, this one is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

 

The Word was WITH God.

 

John 1:2 (King James Version)

 2The same was in the beginning with God.

 

 

Corinthians 8:5-6 (King James Version)

 5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

 6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 

 

Revelation 19:13 (King James Version)

 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

Revelation 5:6-7 (King James Version)

 6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

Revelation 19:9 (King James Version)

 9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

 

The Word was godlike, BUT, NOT God the Almighty.

 

The various religious SECTS that form PROFESSED-CHRISTIANITY are referred to as

Christendom. Christendom, LARGELY, DO NOT understand the SIGNIFICANCE of the Christ, or Messiah [anointed One].

 

Almighty God's Holy Writings [Bible] records for us at John 6:44: No man can come to me unless the Father, who SENT me, DRAWS him; and I will resurrect him at the LAST DAY.

 

Verse 45 says: It is WRITTEN in the Prophets, 'And they WILL BE TAUGHT by Jehovah.'

EVERYONE that has HEARD from the Father and has LEARNED comes to me.

 

Surely, then, God Almighty, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [Exodus 6:2, 3], the Creator, the Source of TRUE WISDOM, in his OWN WAY, and TIME, draws honest-hearted ones to UNDERSTAND the SIGNIFICANCE of the One whom He sent, Jesus Christ. [John 8:42].

Please SEE Proverbs 2: 1-6; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10; Jeremiah 9:23,24; Jeremiah 31:31-34. Also, Acts 8:26-39.   Proverbs 8:13.

 

Romans 1:1-4 read: Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ and called to be an apostle, separated to God's good news, which he promised aforetime through his PROPHETS in the HOLY SCRIPTURES concerning his Son, who sprang from the seed of David according to the FLESH, but who with power WAS DECLARED God's Son ACCORDING TO THE

SPIRIT of holiness by means of a resurrection from the dead- yes, Jesus Christ our

Lord,.......

 

BOOK OF LUKE

 

At Luke 1:31-33 we read: and, look! you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son,

and you are to call his name Jesus. This one WILL be great and WILL be called Son of

the Most High; and JEHOVAH God WILL GIVE him the throne of David his father, and

he WILL RULE as king OVER THE HOUSE OF Jacob, FOREVER, and there WILL be

no end of his kingdom."  Compare with Daniel 7:13,14; 2:44; Isaiah 11: 1-9; Psalm 2:7,8.

 

Luke 2:29-32 say: "Now, Sovereign Lord, you are letting your slave go free in peace

according to your declaration; because MY EYES HAVE SEEN your MEANS of

SAVING that you have made ready in the SIGHT OF ALL THE PEOPLES, a LIGHT

for REMOVING the VEIL from the nations and a glory of your people Israel.

 

Christ, Died a sacrificial death to ATONE for ADAMIC sin passed on to MANKIND.

 

God ALMIGHTY has allowed his ONLY begotten Son Jesus Christ, to PAY the FULL price of Adam and Eve's indiscretion and disobedience [John 3:16];

[1 Corinthians 11: 3] As family head, Adam's perfect life NEEDED another perfect MAN's LIFE to FULLY PAY that DEBT of sin, ERASING the PENALTY of DEATH to those who ACT by placing their FAITH and WORKS in this

provision. James 2: 17; Romans 5:12; Romans 6: 23; John 1: 29;

Revelation 5: 5 - 7. 1 Corinthians 15:45.

 

Christ, appointed King and High Priest

 

Jehovah has sworn (and he will feel no regret): "You are a priest to time indefinite

According to the manner of Mel-chiz'e-dek!"

Psalm 110:4

... where a forerunner has entered in our behalf, Jesus, who has become a high priest according

to the manner of Mel-chiz'e-dek forever.

Hebrews 6:20

 

The utterance of Jehovah to my Lord is:

"Sit at my right hand

Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.

Psalm 110: 1.

Now as to the things being discussed this is the main point: We have such a high priest as this, and

he has SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a public

servant of the holy place and of the true tent, which Jehovah put up, and not man.

Hebrews 8: 1, 2.

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together Jesus asked them: "What do you think about the

Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him: "David's" He said to them: "How, then, is it that David

by inspiration calls him 'Lord,' saying, 'Jehovah said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put

your enemies beneath your feet"? If, therefore, David calls him 'Lord,' how is he his son? And

nobody was able to say a word in reply to him, nor did anyone dare from that day on to question

 him further.

Matthew 22: 41 - 46

 

Existed BEFORE as a spirit son of God Almighty, prior to being manifested in FLESH.

 

ORIGINS

 

Micah 5: 2

And you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah,

from you there will come out to me the one who is to BECOME RULER in Israel, whose

ORIGIN is from EARLY TIMES, from the days of time indefinite.

 

So, here we SEE that Jesus Christ, the Messiah [anointed One] is this RULER, whose

ORIGIN is from EARLY TIMES. This is CONSISTENT with Revelation 3: 14 and

Colossians 1: 15 showing Jesus Christ as being the BEGINNING of the creation by God Almighty.

Also, this is in AGREEMENT with Proverbs 8: 22 - 31 which refers to Jesus as Wisdom

personified. One can also look at 1 Corinthians 8: 3 - 6; John 10: 34 - 36; Psalm 82: 1, 6.

See also John 1: 14, 15.Galatians 4:14

 

Revelation 3: 12 & 14 say: The one that conquers- I will make him a pillar in

the temple of my God, and he will by no means go out [from it] anymore, and

I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God,

the new Jerusalem which descends out of heaven from my God, and that new

name of mine.

And to the angel of the congregation in Laodicea write: These are the things that

the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by

God.

 

 

The Scriptures DO NOT teach that God Almighty, Yahweh or Jehovah [Exodus 6:3; Psalm 83: 18]

as having a beginning or ORIGIN. Rather the Scriptures refer to Jehovah, as "the One that lives

FOREVER and EVER..." Revelation 4: 10, 11.

 

 

John 17:24 shows that Jesus was LOVED by his Father, Jehovah, before the EARTH was

 FORMED.

Compare Proverbs 8: 22-30. See also, Revelation 3:12, 14; Colossians 1:15-20.

Hebrews 1:1 - 4.

John 5: 22-24 read: For the Father judges no one at all, but he has committed all the

judging to the Son, in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.

He that does not honor the Son DOES NOT honor the Father WHO SENT him.

MOST TRULY I say to you, he that HEARS MY WORD and BELIEVES himthat

SENT me has EVERLASTING LIFE, and he DOES NOT come into JUDGMENT

but has PASSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE."

 

Philippians 2:5- 11 say: Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus,

who, although he was EXISTING in God's form, gave NO CONSIDERATION to a

SEIZURE, namely, that he should be EQUAL TO God. No, but he EMPTIED himself

and took a slave's form and came to be in the LIKENESS of men. More than that, when

he FOUND himself in fashion as a man, he HUMBLED himself and became obedient

AS FAR AS death, yes, death on a torture stake.

For this VERY REASON also God EXALTED him to a SUPERIOR POSITION and

kindly GAVE him the name that is above every [other] name, so that in the name of

Jesus EVERY knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under

the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to

the glory of God the Father.

 

But if anyone loves God, this one is KNOWN by him.

Now concerning the eating of foods offered to idols, we know that an idol is NOTHING in the

world, and that there is no God but ONE.

For even though there are those who are called "gods," whether in heavens or on earth, just as there are many "gods" and many "lords," there is actually to us ONE God, the Father, out of whom ALL things are, and we for him, and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him. 1 Corinthians 8: 3, 4, 5, 6.

 

Here we see, that there is ONE God, the Father, Jehovah [Yahweh]; and one Lord, the Son, Jesus Christ, as being TRUE, though there ARE many FALSE "gods" and "lords".

See also, Galatians 3:20, Deuteronomy 6:4.

 

Jesus Christ is Son of Almighty God, Jehovah.

 

The account at 1 Corinthians 8, is CONSISTENT with the rest of the Scriptures, please

SEE Colossians 1: 15, 16; Deuteronomy 6: 4; Psalm 82: 1, 6 and John 10: 34, 35, 36;

John 5: 30.   See, also Revelation 3:12,14, John 14: 28; 1 Corinthians 15: 28,

Matthew 24: 36. 1 Peter1: 3, Romans 15:6, 2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:3.

Also John 5:19, John 8:42, John 12:49, John 20:17, 31; 1John 5:5, Galatians 4:14,

Hebrews 3: 1, 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • True Truthseeker profile image
      Author

      True Truthseeker 6 years ago

      Soul

      "Soul" ----- A Living Creature, Human or Animal; Life as an Intelligent Person; Hebrew, (ne'phesh); Greek, (psy-khe' ).

      In the Hebrew Scriptures the Hebrew word ne'phesh occurs 754 times, first in Ge 1:20.

      In the Christian Greek Scriptures the Greek word psy-khe' occurs by itself 102 times, first in Mt 2:20. This includes Eph 6:6 and Col 3:23, where it is in the expression "whole-souled."

      Animals are Souls

      Ge 1:20, 21, 24, 30; 2:19; 9:10, 12, 15, 16; Le 11:10, 46, 47; 24:18; Nu 31:28; Job 41:21; Eze 47:9.

      A living person or individual is a soul.

      Ge 2:7; 12:5; 14:21; 36:6; 46:15, 18, 22, 25, 26, 27, 27; Ex 1:5, 12:4, 16; 16:16; Le 2:1; 4:2, 27; 5:1, 2, 4, 15, 17; 6:2; 7:18, 20, 21, 25, 27 etc., etc.,

      Nu 5:6; 15:27, 28, 30; 19:18, 22; 31:35, 40, 46; etc., etc.,

      Jer 43:6; 52:29; La 3:25; Eze 27:13; Ac 2:41, 43: 7:14; 27:37; Ro 13:1; 1Co 15:45; 1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 2:14

      Creature soul is mortal, destructible.

      Ge 12:13; 17:14; 19:19, 20; 37:21; Ex 12:15, 19; 31:14; Le 7:20, 21, 27; Nu 9:13; 15:30; De 19:6, 11; 22:26; 27:25; Jos 2:13, 14; 10:28, 30, 32, 35, 37, 39; 11:11; 20:3, 9: Jg 5:18; 16:16, 30; 1Ki 19:4; 20:31; Job 7:15; 11:20; 18:4; 33:22; 36:14; Ps 7:2; 22:29; 66:9; 69:1; 78:50; 94:17; 106:15; 124:4; Pr 28:17; Isa 55:3; Jer 2:34; 4:10; 18:20; 38:17; 40:14; Ez 13:19; 17:17; 18:4; 22:25, 27; 33:6; Mt 2:20; 10:28; 26:38; Mr 3:4; 14:34; Lu 6:9; 17:33; Job 12:25; Ac 3:23; Ro 11:3; Heb 10:39, Jas 5:20, Re 8:9, 12:11; 16:3.

    • True Truthseeker profile image
      Author

      True Truthseeker 6 years ago

      Genesis 2 [NW]

      7 And Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.

      Genesis 3 [NW].

      18 And thorns and thistles it will grow for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

      Ezekiel 18

      4 Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.

      Job 36

      6 He will not preserve anyone wicked alive,

      But the judgment of the afflicted ones he will give.

    • profile image

      True 6 years ago

      Shedding Light on Dark Age Doctrines: The Immortal Soul

      The Dark Ages were a time of opulent religious excesses and severe violations of justice. During this time the Bible was shrouded in dead languages and kept from the people. Bible translators were burned alive and anyone who would dare seek to own or study a Bible would receive the same fate. It is estimated that 50 millions of people were murdered as a result of the oppressive church/state system which developed during the Dark Ages.

      Certain doctrines held as sacred and foundational were forged of compromise and political ambition common during this fearsome period in church history. Doctrines were believed, not because of conviction, but because of coercion. It was not until the time of the end—this time in which we are now living—that Christians have had the privilege of searching the Scriptures to examine doctrine without fear of reprisal. The study of the immortal soul is the object of consideration in this issue—to seek its origins and to discover whether there is any Scriptural foundation for this doctrine.

      Popular Philosophy Evolves into Doctrine

      There is a longing hope within men that death does not end all existence; that somehow and somewhere, the life now begun will have a continuation. The most common belief of all religions is that people possess souls, and at death their consciousness in the form of that soul departs from the body to abide in either a paradise or a place of punishment.

      The concept of the immortal soul was introduced into man’s thinking at the earliest beginnings of human history. The ancient Egyptians practiced elaborate ceremonies to prepare the pharaohs for their next life. Immortality of the soul was an important aspect of ancient thought espoused by Greek philosophers. Plato, in Phaedo, presents Socrates’ explanation of death: “Is it not the separation of soul and body? And to be dead is the completion of this; when the soul exists in herself, and is released from the body and body is released from the soul, what is this but death?” (Five Great Dialogues, Classics Club edition, 1969, p. 93) Socrates lived ca. 470-399 B.C. and Plato ca. 428-348 B.C., and so their views of the immortal soul predated Christianity.

      Plato continued to refine the philosophy of the immortal soul, thus making it the more seductive and acceptable to the cultured class of his day. He taught that each man contained a fragment of deity, and that this would prevent him from ever dying. He also taught that the soul existed before the body which it inhabited, and which it would survive.

      The popularity of this philosophy spread, and by about A.D. 200 it was mixed with the Christian doctrine of the resurrection. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology notes that Origen (ca. 185-254 A.D.), an early and influential church theologian, was greatly affected by Plato: “Speculation about the soul in the subapostolic church was heavily influenced by Greek philosophy. This is seen in Origen’s acceptance of Plato’s doctrine of the preexistence of the soul as pure mind (nous)...” (1992, p. 1037, “Soul”) Origen was the first person to attempt to organize Christian doctrine and Platonic philosophy into a systematic theology. He wrote: “. . . The soul, having a substance and life of its own, shall after its departure from the world, be rewarded according to its deserts, being destined to obtain either an inheritance of eternal life and blessedness . . . or to be delivered up to eternal fire and punishments . . .” (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4, 1995, p. 240) Origen’s views caused great controversy within the church.

      Augustine, another influential Christian theologian and admirer of Platonic philosophy profoundly affected Christian thinking. Richard Tarnas in writing The Passion of the Western Mind, points to this influence: “. . . It was Augustine’s formulation of Christian Platonism that was to permeate virtually all of medieval Christian thought in the West. So enthusiastic was the Christian integration of the Greek spirit that Socrates and Plato were frequently regarded as divinely inspired pre-Christian saints . . .” (1991, p. 103)

      Like Plato, Augustine proposed that God breathed a little of His deity into Adam and that this entity would never die. Although strenuously contested as error by many of the honorable church leaders, Augustine’s view won out, and the error became fixed as a foundation doctrine from the sixth century to the nineteenth when Bible study began to be tolerated.

      The Historical Jewish Perspective

      The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia states: “We are influenced always more or less by the Greek, Platonic idea that the body dies, yet the soul is immortal. Such an idea is utterly contrary to the Israelite consciousness and is nowhere found in the Old Testament.” (1960, Vol. 2, p. 812, “Death”) In confirmation of this, The Jewish Encyclopedia states: “The belief that the soul continues in existence after the dissolution of the body is... speculation... nowhere expressly taught in Holy Scripture... The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews from contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of Plato, its principal exponent, who was led to it through Orphic and Eleusinian mysteries in which Babylonian and Egyptian views were strangely blended.” (1941, Vol. VI, “Immortality of the Soul,” pp. 564, 566)

      So, what does the Old Testament teach about the soul? The Hebrew word translated “soul” is nephesh, which simply means “a breathing creature.” Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words defines nephesh as “the essence of life, the act of breathing, taking breath... The Hebrew system of thought does not include the combination or opposition of the ‘body’ and ‘soul’ which are really Greek and Latin in origin.” (1985, p. 237-238, emphasis added)|

      The Hebrew words nephesh caiyah mean “living soul” and these words apply not only to man but to all of God’s living creatures. “To every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth wherein there is life.” Notice here that in the margin against the word life appear the words “Hebrew: a living soul.” In other words, all differences between the lower and higher souls are not by reason of the lower animals having a different kind of breath or spirit of life, for “they have all one breath” (Eccl. 3:19) and all are considered by God as souls—sentient beings.

      Defining the Soul and Spirit“The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) When Adam’s body was formed of the elements of the earth, he had eyes, ears, and a brain, but so far no ability to see, hear or think. Then God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Notice, the Bible does not say that God breathed into his nostrils a soul.

      The word “spirit” is, in the Old Testament, from the Hebrew word ruach. Its signification primarily is breath; and hence we have the expression “breath of life,” or “spirit of life,” because the spark of life once started is supported by breathing. When the breath stops, the spirit of life ends. The result of the breath of life having been breathed into Adam was that he “became a living soul.” Adam’s lifeless body was now animated with sense perception—he was now a sentient being.

      Many reverse this scriptural statement, and instead of speaking of man as being a soul, they speak of him as having a soul—a very different thought. This reversal of scripture perpetuates the original deception which Satan slyly presented to Mother Eve—that God was lying and that she and Adam would not die if they disobeyed. Thus, Satan was the first to inject the teaching of the immortality of the soul into human thought.

      Does the Soul Die?

      Because of inherited sin, the death of the physical body is inevitable, but what about the soul? If we attribute to the soul immortality, (the very term immortal means a condition in which death is impossible) then, even God could not destroy it. But the Scriptures state plainly that “God

    • profile image

      True 6 years ago

      Many reverse this scriptural statement, and instead of speaking of man as being a soul, they speak of him as having a soul—a very different thought. This reversal of scripture perpetuates the original deception which Satan slyly presented to Mother Eve—that God was lying and that she and Adam would not die if they disobeyed. Thus, Satan was the first to inject the teaching of the immortality of the soul into human thought.

      Does the Soul Die?

      Because of inherited sin, the death of the physical body is inevitable, but what about the soul? If we attribute to the soul immortality, (the very term immortal means a condition in which death is impossible) then, even God could not destroy it. But the Scriptures state plainly that “God is able to destroy both soul and body.” Matthew 10:28

      God told Adam and Eve, (two living souls) that they would “surely die” if they disobeyed Him. (Gen. 2:17) It is the soul, the sentient being, the will or mind of a man which is responsible for sin, and it is the soul, therefore, which is to bear the penalty of sin. That penalty is distinctly stated to be death. “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:28) “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” Ezek. 18:4

      From this standpoint we can see that Adam was created mortal—in a condition in which death was a possibility. Had Adam remained obedient he would have continued living forever, everlastingly—and yet all the while he would have been mortal, liable to death if he became disobedient.

      Because he was not immortal God’s threat that if he disobeyed he should die, meant something. It meant the loss of the spark or “breath of life,” without which the body would return to dust and the living soul or sentient being would cease. Had Adam been immortal, God’s sentence would have been an empty threat. But because Adam was mortal, liable to death, he died because of his disobedience.

      What is the Death State?

      King David said of death: “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish.” (Psa. 14:6) If immortal, the thoughts of a man would not perish, but would go on to another state of being. Solomon said: “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.” The dead are not conscious, for both the body and the mind of a man cease to exist at death. “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing ...” Eccl. 9:5, 10

      The Apostle Paul describes death as “sleep.” “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope… For the Lord himself shall descend [at his second coming] from heaven with a shout... and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” (1 Thes. 4:13, 16) If the dead were conscious, then they would have no need to be raised.

      Hope Beyond the Grave

      Although the Scriptures do not support the thought that the soul is immortal, they do abound with the hope of a resurrection from death in due time. “God will redeem my soul [that sentient being which had been alive] from the grave [sheol—the condition of death].” Psa. 49:15

      When Jesus “poured out his soul [being] unto death” “he made his soul an offering for sin” and became our ransom-price. (Isa. 53:10,12) This was necessary, because it was Adam’s soul that was sentenced to death, and the promise to mankind is a redemption of soul or being from the power of death. Therefore, Jesus’ soul, life, was poured out in death. The penalty of Adam’s sin was death (everlasting,) and when Jesus took his place he became subject to that penalty—eternal death. Jesus, as a man, then, in order to redeem man had to give up forever his human existence.

      The Bible declares that as all of Adam’s race share by heredity in his death penalty, so they all shall be permitted to share in recovery from the power of the grave as they learn of and accept Christ. As Paul expressed: “As by a man comes death, by a man also comes the resurrection of the dead; for as all in Adam die, even so shall all in Christ be made alive.” ICor. 15:21-23

      Immortality Brought to Light

      The Apostle Paul explains that the term immortality had no application before the resurrection of Jesus. Our Lord received immortality at his resurrection as a reward for his faithful obedience “unto death, even the death of the cross.” “Wherefore, God hath highly exalted him [to the promised divine nature, at his resurrection], and given him a name that is above every name [Jehovah’s name excepted].” 1 Cor. 15:27; Heb. 12:3,2; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:8,9

      Paul declares that Jesus “abolished death [broke its hold on man] and brought (1) life and (2) immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10) This shows that: (1) life in perfection, lasting life, is separate and distinct from (2) immortality, indestructibility. In addition, it shows that neither of these great blessings had been disclosed or made accessible previous to the gospel.

      The Offer of Everlasting Life: Perfect Humanity

      During God’s Kingdom on earth, His plan of salvation for the general race of Adam is to extend to each member of it the offer of everlasting life through the precious blood of the Lamb. Adam’s race will be offered “restitution” (Acts 3:19-21) to perfect human life—the same that Adam possessed before his fall from grace. Restitution in its ultimate sense will bring the restored ones not only out of the grave, but also out of their sick and dying condition.

      By the close of God’s thousand year Kingdom, all the obedient of mankind shall have attained all that was lost in Adam and redeemed by Christ. Then, armed with complete knowledge and experience, all will be fully able, as individuals, to stand the test of obedience. They will not be rewarded with immortal life, but will be granted everlasting life here upon the earth as long as they remain obedient.

      The Offer of Immortality: A New Creation

      God purposes not only to give the world of mankind life everlasting, but to give the faithful followers of Jesus a higher kind of life—immortality, the divine nature. Immortality is “brought to light” for this special class only, the Church, which, by God’s wonderful favor, is now being called, tested, and selected to be joint-heirs with Christ. This inherent life is referred to by our Lord: “As the Father hath life in himself [immortality] so hath he given unto the Son that he should have life in himself [immortality]” and that he should give it unto whomsoever he would—his bride, his Church. (John 5:26; Eph. 3:6) Paul tells Christians to “seek” this gift from Christ and to “put on” immortality, implying that they did not already have it inherently. Rom. 2:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:51-55

      The hope of the Church, Christ’s bride, is that she will share in his glory, honor and immortality if faithful. It is written respecting “the resurrection” of the Church: “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption [immortality]: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural [animal] body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1 Cor. 15:42-44,49; Rev. 2:10

      What a glorious prospect! Then, “the Spirit [Christ] and the Bride say, Come... And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17

    Click to Rate This Article