The State Of The Dead

1. What do all the living people know? Eccl. 9:5, Heb. 9:27. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. What change takes place at death? Ps. 146:4, Eccl. 9:5, 6, 12:7. See Note 1. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

NOTE 1. “That is, the spirit of life by which man lives, and which is only lent him of God, at death goes back to the great Author of life. Having come from Him, it belongs to God, and man can have it eternally only as a gift from God through Jesus Christ. Rom. 6:23. When the spirit goes back to God, the dust, from which man was made a living soul ‘ in the beginning, goes back as it was, to the earth, and the individual no longer exists as a living, conscious, thinking being, except as he exists in the mind,plan, and purpose of God through Christ and the resurrection. In this sense all live unto Him’ (Luke 20:38), for all are to be raised from the dead. (See John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Rom. 4:17.)” Bible Readings for the Home Circle, p.507.

3. What can the living do? Ps. 146:2. What cannot the dead do? Ps. 115:17, Isa. 38:18, 19. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. In what state did Jesus say the dead are? John 11:11-14. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. What is death called in Psalms 13:3? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

6. Until what time will the individual sleep? Compare Job 14:10-12, 15, Ps. 17:15 with Acts 13:36, John 5:28, 29. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

7. When will the righteous be raised from the sleep of death to go with Jesus to Heaven? John 6:39,40, 44, 54. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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