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  Life After Death  

At death, a person’s spirit returns to God, but the body goes to the grave. 
The Preacher said, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecc 12:7).

God judges the dead according to their works. 
The Revelator revealed, “I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . and they were judged every man according to their works” (Rev 20:12-13)

The wicked spirits go to hell. 
The Bible states, “The wicked shall be turned into hell” (Ps 9:17).

The righteous spirits go to paradise. 
Jesus said, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Lu 23:43).

Jesus preached to those in hell after his crucifixion. 
Before his death, he said, “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God” (Jn 5:25).  Peter taught, “Christ . . . went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah” (1 Pet 3:18-20).

Jesus is ruler over hell. 
Jesus said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev 1:18).

Hell eventually delivers the spirits confined there. 
The Bible states, “Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works” (Rev 20:13).

Jesus taught that there are two resurrections:
All that are in the graves 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).  Paul said, “There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust” (Acts 24:15).

The just were resurrected after Jesus’ resurrection. 
The Bible states, “The graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his [Jesus’] resurrection, and went into the holy city” (Mat 27:52-53).

The rest of the just will be resurrected at Jesus’ second coming. 
Paul wrote, “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Th 4:16).

Satan will be bound in hell when Jesus descends. 
The Revelator foresaw, “He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up” (Rev 20:2-3).

The rest of the dead are judged at the end of the thousand years
John saw, “The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Rev 20:5).

 Those resurrected in the first resurrection will reign with Jesus.  The Bible states, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev 20:6).

Death and hell are destroyed at the second resurrection.  John said, “Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Rev 20:14).

hose not listed in the book of life are cast into the lake of fire. 
John continued, “The devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are . . . and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:10, 15).

There are three glories in the life to come. 
Paul taught, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.  So also is the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor 15:41-42).

Jesus said that there were three rewards: 
Other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred” (Mark 4:8).

The first Christians taught that there were three abodes in the resurrection. 
Papias, a hearer of Jesus’ disciples, wrote, “There is this distinction between the habitation of those who produce an hundred-fold, and that of those who produce sixty-fold, and that of those who produce thirty-fold.

People raised to celestial glory will always live with the heavenly Father.  
John envisioned, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death” (Rev 21:3-4).

Points to Ponder

How can some people never be saved if Jesus promised to save all people?

If mankind was arrayed from most to least just, who is the first one not saved?

Does the teaching, “Hell is filled with infants damned,” square with Jesus’ grace?

If little children are worthy of the kingdom, how can they be damned?

The Bible teaches that without Jesus’ law sin cannot be assigned (Rom 5:13).

When Jesus raises people to God’s judgment bar, who will not confess Him? 

Jesus promised to rescue all from the devil.

Jesus’ grace saves all people, but the celestial abode of each depends on works.

Jesus said that there are many mansions in his Father’s abode. (John 14:2).

Noah means rest.  His ark had three levels, denoting three levels in eternal rest.

 Solomon’s temple had three parts, implying three parts in eternity’s sanctuary.

 There are three manifestations of God, representing three abodes in eternity.

 Glory’s three abodes are with 1) the Father, 2) the Son and 3) the Holy Ghost. 

Three glories provide a merciful salvation

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