Soul, Death, & Grace Chapter 9
THE SOUL AND DEATH
We have seen man presented as a vessel containing a soul which is progressively recreated. But we have not seen any indication that the progressive change in the soul, even to the point of its being a partaker of the elements of the eternal life, has the effect on the body which would result in the body not dying – a most desirable solution to the problem of death and its meaning – it would seem.
Whereas the body is, at this stage of our research, still capable of dying, what is the condition of the soul when the body dies, and how do we conceive of that state? Less politely asked, what difference does it make that the soul has partaken of grace, in the quest of our search for the meaning and nature of death and the future?
How is the soul to be understood – as part of the death’s result, or as part of the death’s solution? More directly, how is the soul to be described, if the body dies?
“When He suffers death for Christ’s sake, the Savior says to him, they may kill the body, but they cannot hurt the soul.” AA, p. 85.
“All believers who pass through a natural death, have through eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God, eternal life in them….” 7 SDABC, p. 926.
“The life giver will call up His purchased possession in the first resurrection, and until that triumphant hour, … every sleeping saint will be kept in safety and will be guarded as a precious jewel, who is known to God by name.” SD, p. 359.
“Then let us not be satisfied with only a little of this blessing, only that amount which will keep us from the slumber of death, but let us diligently seek for the abundance of the grace of God.” 2 RH, p. 555.
If we do not make the proper preparations, “ye lie down in the grace unsheltered,…” IT, p. 133.
“By the power of the Savior that dwelt in them while living and because they were partakers of the divine nature, they are brought forth from the dead.” 4 SDABC, p. 1143; SD, p. 359.