“Until death do us part.”
These are words that are often repeated at weddings when the Bride and Groom are taking their vows. Some people see this part of the vow, “till death do us part” as difficult to keep and sometimes seem like placing one’s life in bondage. However, on the other hand, ‘till death do us part’, can be a sad reminder that death is man’s greatest enemy. For not even the bliss of a wonderful marriage can prevent a man or woman from facing death. As the Word of God declares, it is “appointed unto men once to die” (Hebrews 9:27).
During this study, we will look at man’s only hope of conquering death, while we will also see from the word of God man’s condition in death.
“And the LORD God formed man of the __________________ of the _________________, and _________________ into his nostrils the _________________ of ______________; and man became a _________________ __________________.”
Body (Dust of the ground) + Breathe of life = “Living Soul”.
“But of the ______________ of the ____________ of good and evil, thou shalt ________ __________ of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely ____________.”
Man was given conditional immortality—he would continue to live as long as he continues to obey God’s word. The moment he diso-beyed God, he would be separating himself from the Source of life and thus would perish.
Genesis 3:4, 5
“And the ______________ said unto the woman, Ye shall ________ ____________ _________: For God doth know that in the day ye __________ thereof, then your ___________ shall be ____________, and ye shall be as _____________, knowing good and evil.”
The serpent told Eve that if they should eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would not die (contrary to what God had said).
“Wherefore, as by one __________ sin entered into the __________, and ___________ by sin; and so ____________ passed upon all __________, for that all have ____________:”
Adam and Eve, including their children, fell under the condemnation of death (see Romans 6:23a; Genesis 3:19).
“Then shall the ______________ return to the ______________ as it was: and the _______________ shall return unto _______________ who gave it.”
When a person dies, the body returns to the ground and the breath (spirit) returns to God who gave it. The breath does not repre-sent the ‘soul’ of the person. The word ‘spirit’ here represents the ‘breath of life’ that God breathe into the body at the beginning. There-fore when the breath of life leaves the body, then the person is dead, as this equation demonstrates: Body – Breath of Life = Dead Body
Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6
“For the ____________ know that they shall _________: but the ___________ know not ____________, neither have they any more a _______________; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their ____________, and their ____________, and their envy, is now____________; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” (see also Psalm 146:4)
No. The dead cannot communicate with the living. Once the breath of life leaves the body, all that remains is the corpse, which is basically dust.
“Blessed are the _____________ which die in the Lord from hence-forth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may ______________ from their _____________; and their ________________ do follow them.”
Acts 2:29, 34
“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch ______________, that he is both ______________ and __________, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. . . . . For David is not _______________ into the _________________:
No. The righteous who die, remain in their grave until the resurrection (see John 5:28, 29). An example of this is given by Peter in his sermon about David—that David is not ascended into the heavens, but he is dead and in his grave awaiting the resurrection.
1 Timothy 6:15, 16
“. . . . The ___________ of kings, and _____________ of lords; Who only hath ______________________, dwelling in the ____________ which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath ___________, nor can see: to whom be honour and power __________________.”
God alone has inherent immortality. Immortality means that God is not subject to death—He lives forever.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and _____________ on ___________ that sent Me, hath _____________life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from _____________ unto _____________.”
Man receives eternal life only by accepting Jesus Christ by faith . Those who live in Christ has the assurance that one day they will be raised form the dead to live forever (see also John 5:25, 28, 29; John 11:25).
1 Corinthians 15:52
“In a moment, in the ____________________ of an eye, at the last ____________: for the _______________ shall sound, and the ____________ shall be raised ____________________, and we shall be changed.”
The righteous will receive immortality at the resurrection when Jesus returns the second time. Only then will the righteous be endowed with immortality and incorruption that are promised to those who believe in Jesus. Today, the righteous are still in their graves awaiting the resurrection (see also 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).