One Minute After Death - Radford Church of Christ

To every thing there is a season, and
a time to every purpose under the
heaven: A time to be born, and a
time to die; a time to plant, and a
time to pluck up that which is
Ecc. 3:1-2
“Now the days of David drew near
that he should die, and he charged
Solomon his son, saying: "I go the
way of all the earth; be strong,
therefore, and prove yourself a man”
1 Kings 2:1-2
Thanatology = study of death & dying
Many questions
I. There will be a Separation
 Death - means separation
 God created man with a soul – Gen.
 Body + Soul = Life Ps. 139:13
 Sin ~ expelled from Garden of Eden –
Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12
 What is death?
I. There will be a Separation
“For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.” Jas. 2:26
“That separation of the soul from
the body by which the life on
earth is ended.” [Thayers]
Gen. 35:18 “as her soul was
Luke 23:46 “gave up the ghost”
I. There will be a Separation
“For dust you are, And to dust you
shall return.”
Gen. 3:19
“Then shall the dust return to the
earth as it was: and the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it.”
Eccl. 12:7
In that first minute after death the
soul and body become separated
from each other !
What happens to the soul / spirit?
II. There Will be an Escort for the Spirit
 Some have the idea that the soul
wanders around -- “ghosts”
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died,
and was carried by the angels into
Abraham's bosom” Luke 16:22
 no chance of altering destiny – Heb. 9:27
III. There Will be an Assignment
Our soul will be in Hades
“Today shalt thou be with me in
paradise.” Luke 23:43
Jesus died – buried – resurrected
Where was His soul ???
III. There Will be an Assignment
“For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor
will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
v. 31 “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the
resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not
left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption”
Acts 2:27; 31
Hades = the realm of the dead, place where our
spirits go to await the resurrection
Acts 2:32, Lk. 16:22
2 Pet. 2:4, Lk. 16:23
Luke 16: 19-31
IV. There will be an Awareness
Luke 16
 We will know what is happening
 Consciousness after death
Able to:
 Recognize people – v. 23
 Remember our former life – v. 28
 Regret
 Rejoice
Gulf Lk. 16:26
Luke 16: 19-31
Death is a sobering fact
“And as it is appointed unto men once
to die, but after this the judgment”
Heb. 9:27
“…there is but a step between me and
1 Sam. 20:3
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the
death of His saints.”
Death does not change character
2 Cor. 5:10
If you were to die right now, where
would you be in one minute?
“In those days Hezekiah was sick and
near death. And Isaiah the prophet,
the son of Amoz, went to him and said
to him, "Thus says the LORD: 'Set
your house in order, for you shall die,
and not live”
2 Kings 20:1
Is your life in order ?
Are you prepared for the Resurrection?
William Nelson (1824-1862)
Union General, Civil War
Rev. 2:10
1 PET. 3:21
JN. 12:42
LK. 13:3
JN. 6:29
ACTS 3:22
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