#1 THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR
Illus.: The Roman Emperor Hadrian lived around 200 AD.
He is still regarded as one of the greatest
Caesars of all time. He was incredibly busy & industrious and perhaps
no man in history built so many
architectural structures and left such a mark upon the world as Hadrian.
He was still building a 750-acre
tract at Tivoli when he learned that he was dying. He was quoted as
having said, "O fleeing little soul,
where do you go now?"
Many people worry about their body more than their soul. The body
may live for several
decades, but the soul lives on forever in either Heaven or Hell.
The word soul appears 473
times in the Bible! You receive your soul at the moment of your
conception (along with
the sin nature Ps. 51:5). Your soul is invisible and lives inside of
Your soul inside your body is the real you (your personality,
thinking, affections, desires
and feelings). Genesis 2:7, "the LORD God formed
man...and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living soul." 1
Corinthians 15:45, "The first man Adam
was made a living soul;" You have a body, but
you are a soul. The soul is the real you. It
is invisible and lives inside of the body. Our bodies are just a
motel the soul is
temporarily living within. One day at death our soul will check out permanently.
Illus.: A Swedish doctor in a new book says he discovered the
human soul weighs 21 grams. He placed
beds of terminal patients on sensitive scales and saw the needle drop as soon
as the patients died.
It is your soul that loves ... Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
It is the soul
that feels sadness ... Matthew 26:38, "Then saith
he [Jesus] unto them, My soul is
sorrowful, ...." Your soul is the center of your feelings
Your soul leaves your body at death. Genesis 35:18, "And it
came to pass, as her [Rachel's]
soul was in departing, (for she
Acts 7:59, "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and
saying, Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit [soul]." When the soul
leaves the body, the body is lifeless and no longer feels or
thinks. James 2:26, "the body without the
spirit [soul] is dead[.]"
There is a soul inside of
you just waiting to get out!
Your soul cannot die ... Matthew 10:28, "And fear
not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul:"
Your soul is more valuable than anything the world can offer ..
Matthew 16:26, (Jesus
said) "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Many people neglect their soul for temporal things of the world ...
Luke 12:20, "God
said unto him [unsaved man], Thou fool, this
night thy soul shall be required of thee: then
whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"
(We are going to leave it all behind).
Your soul will live on forever in either Heaven or
Four hundred years before the birth of Christ,
Socrates, the renowned Greek Philosopher, drank the
poison hemlock and lay down to die. "Shall we live
again?" his friends asked. The dying philosopher
could only reply, "I hope so, but no man can
ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD, WE CAN KNOW FOR SURE!
Your soul needs to be converted
sometime during your life .. Psalms 19:7, "The law of
the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:" (More
about this later).
You will go to Hell if your soul is not converted... Luke 16:22-23,
"the rich man also
died, and [his body] was buried; And in hell
he [his soul] lift up his eyes, being in
Your soul immediately goes to Heaven at death if converted ...
2 Corinthians 5:6, 8, (Paul the apostle said) "whilst [while] we [the
soul] are at home in the body,
we are absent from the Lord: We are...willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to
be present with the Lord [in Heaven]." Luke 16:22, "And it came
to pass, that the beggar
died, and [his soul] was carried by the angels
into Abraham's bosom" (Paradise or Heaven). In Luke 12,
speaks with Moses & Elijah who reappear on earth hundreds of years after they
and died (their soul is still alive). In I Samuel 28, the prophet
Samuel is alive and speaking
from Paradise (Heaven) years after his body had died.
You can know for sure your soul is going to Heaven... 1 John 5:13,
"These things have I
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have
IF YOUR SOUL IS SAVED (converted), IT GOES
TO HEAVEN IMMEDIATELY UPON DEATH.
*Please note the following examples of Christians who died and went to Heaven
Revelation 6:9-10, (John the apostle gets a vision of Heaven and says)
"I saw...the souls of
them that were slain [martyred] for the word
of God," (they were alive & well and even
speaking up in Heaven).
Jesus told the thief on the cross who got saved just before his death,
"Verily I say unto thee,
To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
Hebrews 12:1, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed
about [surrounded] with so great
a cloud of witnesses [the many deceased Christians named in the
previous chapter], ...let us
[survivors on earth] run with patience the race
[life] that is set before us," (there is a
grandstand in the sky and our saved deceased loved ones are in
John 5:24, (Jesus said) "...He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation
[Hell]; but is
passed from death unto life [i.e.- at death, the soul of a
Christian goes straight to Heaven]."
Philippians 1:23, (Paul the apostle said) "For I
am...having a desire to depart [from this
world], and to be with Christ; which is far
better:" Also, note Acts 7:59, "And they
Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit [soul]." Like all
born again Christians, Stephen went straight to Heaven!
Jesus was confronted by clergymen who did not believe Christians go
directly to Heaven
when they die. Speaking of His heavenly Father, Jesus said in Mark
12:27, "He is not the
God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly
err." (Jesus had earlier
told the clergy that His heavenly Father is the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob
died hundreds of years earlier, but were still alive in Heaven).
God makes it clear in the Bible. If someone has been saved the Bible
way, they go straight
to Heaven as soon as their heart stops. They do not need to be "purged" from their sins
(purgatory) in order to go into Heaven. The Bible says, "the blood of Jesus Christ his
Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I Jn. 1:7). According
to the Bible, there is no such thing as
purgatory. It was invented by Pope Gregory V in 593AD (over 500 years
Since that time untold amounts of money have been given to get people out of a
does not exist. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 "it
is appointed unto men once to die, but
after this the judgment [Heaven or Hell]:" Also note from this verse that there is no
thing as reincarnation. Where we will spend eternity is determined
before we die based on
whether our soul has been converted or not... Revelation 21:24 tells us that,
"the nations of
them which are saved shall walk in the light of it
[Heaven]:" How to be saved will be
explained in an upcoming lesson.
(Once again)... You can know for sure your soul is going to
Heaven... 1 John 5:13
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the
name of the Son of God; that ye
may know that ye have eternal life,"
[Remember, you are one heartbeat away from eternity.]
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