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The soul dies not - Desirable to the righteous.
in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
Pr. 3: 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
Is. 38: 18 The grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
152. Death does not destroy, or hold the soul in slumber.
Ec. 3: 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth ?12: 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Mat. 22: 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living
Lk. 16: 22 It came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried: 23 And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 23: 43 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Ac. 7: 59 They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
2 Cor. 5: 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Ph. 1: 23 I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Heb. 12: 23 The spirits of just men made perfect.
Rev. 6: 9 When he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. [See 422.]
153. Death desirable to the righteous - fear of, overcome.
Job 3: 17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary
be at rest. 18 There the prisoners rest together ; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. – 7:16 I would not live alway.
Ps. 23: 4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. - 31: 5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. 37: 37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.—116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Waiting for -- Dreadful to the wicked.
Pr. 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Is. 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
1 Cor. 3: 22 Or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours. 15: 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 5: 1 We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Ph. 1: 21 To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Rev. 14: 13 I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
154. Patient waiting for cleath.
Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Lam. 3: 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Ph. 1: 23 I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith. [See 498.]
155. Death dreadful to the wicked.
Job 27: 19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered : he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
Lk. 12: 20 God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided ?
Heb. 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. [See 564.]
156. Preparation for death required and exemplified.
Ps. 90: 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Ec. 9: 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Mat. 24: 44 Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.
Lk. 12: 35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding ; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately, 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching:
1 Cor. 1: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 4: 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ph. 3: 20 Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour.
Tit. 2: 11 The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 4: 7 The end of all things is at hand : be ye
therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
2 Pet. 3: 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. [See 727.]
N. B. — For Spiritual Death, see 165; and, for the Second Death, see 563
157. Fall of man, and its immediate effects.
Gen. 3: 4 The serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened ; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise; she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. 14 The LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception ; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children: and thy desire shall be thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field : 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Ec. 7: 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
158. Consequences of Adam's fall upon his posterity.
Rom. 5: 12 As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin ; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
1 Cor. 15: 22 As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
159 Ill-desert 10 imputed, without personul transgression.
Dt. 24: 16 The father shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be but to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [2 K. 14: 6.]
Nature of — implies knowledge - is universal.
Ezk. 18: 2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. [Jer. 31: 29, 30.] 160. Nature of moral depravity.
Hos. 10: 1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.
Col. 3: 5 Covetousness, which is idolatry.
Jn. 9: 41 If ye were blind, ye should have no sin. - 15: 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not bad sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin.
Rom. 3: 19 We know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law : that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God. - 4:15 Where no law is, there is no transgression. -5: 13 (For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)
Jam. 4: 17 To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. [See 309.] 162. Depravity, not founded in mere ignorance.
Rom. 1: 21 When they knew God they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful. [See 690.] 163. Human depravity universal.
Gen. 6: 12 God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Ps. 14: 1 They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom. 3: 9 What then, are we better than they? No, in no wise : for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin ; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth,