Have you ever wondered, “What happens when the last breath leaves a person?” Do they go to heaven, hell or no place at all? It seems so confusing because of the varied beliefs. Catholics say: “Your immortal soul leaves the body and goes to heaven, hell or purgatory depending on whether you’ve been good, bad or somewhat bad.” Most Protestants say: “Your immortal soul goes directly to heaven upon death.” Eastern religions say: “Your immortal soul is reincarnated as someone or something else.” Atheists say: “Death is the end of you, because you only live once.” And we can’t forget the common held belief of society that says that the dead interact with the living; coming back as ghost, zombies or vampires. But there is another group; a small group of Bible-reading Christians that say: “Death is merely a sleep until the resurrection at the Second Coming of Christ.” What really is the truth and where can we find it? The Bibles gives unshakeable answers to these questions and more. Let’s study them now together.
1. What is a soul?
“And the LORD God formed man of the _____ of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the ________ of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7).
2. What (3) three parts make up man?
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole _______ and ______ and ________ be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).
3. Is the soul immortal?
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the ______ that sinneth, it shall ______” (Eze. 18:4)
4. What happens when a person dies?
“Then shall the _____ return to the earth as it was: and the ______ shall return unto God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7).
5. Do good people go directly to heaven at death?
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the ______ shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28, 29). “The patriarch David, that he is both dead and ________, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. For David is ____ __________ into the heavens.” (Acts 2:29, 34).
6. Can the dead communicate with the living? Do they know anything?
“Man lieth down, and riseth not.” His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them” (Job 14:12, 21). “The _____ ______ ___ any thing…their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun” (Eccl. 9:5, 6).
7. Do the dead return to haunt places?
“As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall _______ ___ _____ to his _______, neither shall his place know him any more.” (Job 7:9, 10).
8. What was the devil’s first lie?
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall ____ surely die.” (Gen. 3:4).
9. Who only has immortality?
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our ______ Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Tim. 6:14-17).
10. How do we get immortality?
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our _______ Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10).
11. Are you glad that Jesus conquered death and can now grant immortality to all who believe?
Amazing Fact: When do we go to heaven?