Although Samuel’s body died, the spirit and soul of someone who has died
do not cease to exist , that is, die.
The Scriptures (the Bible) demonstrate this over and over again.
The best way I can think of to explain death in Scripture is to use the word separation.
The soul and spirit are separated from the body when the body dies and begins to decay.
An example of this would be the Scriptural phrase
“you are dead in your sins” which equates to “your sins have separated you from your God.”
To be separated from God is spiritual death.
The soul and spirit do not die in the same way as the body does.
In Luke 18 the rich man was in a place of punishment and the poor man
was at Abraham’s side after their physical death.
There is life after death.
On the cross, Jesus told the thief who was repentant,
“today you will be with me in paradise.”
On the third day after Jesus died He was physically raised.
Scripture teaches that someday even our bodies will be raised as Jesus’ body was.
In John 14:1-4, 12 &28 Jesus told the disciples that He was going to be with the Father.
In John 14:19 Jesus said, “because I live, you shall live also.”
2 Corinthians 5:6-9 says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Scripture teaches clearly (see Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Galatians 5:20
and Revelation 9:21; 21:8 and 22:15) that consulting with spirits of the dead
or mediums or psychics or any other form of magic is sin and grievous to God.
Some believe this may be because those who consult the dead are actually consulting demons.
In Luke 16 the rich man was told that: “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm
has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot,
nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”
In 2 Samuel 12:23 David said of his son who had died:
“But now that he is dead, why should I fast?
Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Isaiah 8:19 says, “When men tell you to consult mediums and psychics,
who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?
Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
This verse tells us we should seek God for wisdom and understanding,
not wizards, mediums, psychics or witches.
In I Corinthians 15:1-4 we see that “Christ died for our sins…that He was buried…
and that He was raised on the third day.
It says this is the gospel.
John 6:40 says, “This is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son
and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,
you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?
Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.
Those who fall asleep in Jesus
shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you've laid in the grave in tears,
you shall meet them again with joy!
Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...
never to part again!
Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.
There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
~ Romans 3:23
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
~ Romans 10:9
Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
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Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but
have received Him today after
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