Posted by: SandreS | February 11, 2010

The Grave

Contrary to popular opinion, all go to the same place when they die: the grave.

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20).

The Dead Are Not in Heaven

No man is in heaven, but “the man Christ Jesus.”

And no man has ascended up to heaven, but He Who came down from heaven, even the Son of Man Who is in heaven (John 3:13).

Not even the patriarch David is in heaven.

Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. … For David is not ascended into the heavens (Acts 2:29, 34).

Death Does Not Take One to Be with the Lord

Death is not the gateway to heaven. Resurrection is the gateway to heaven. Death is an enemy (“the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” – I Corinthians 15:26). The only way believers can go to heaven and be with the Lord is for Him to return and take them there at His coming.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven … So shall we ever be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:17).

The Dead Are in Their Graves

The Scriptures are clear as to where the dead are: they are in their graves.

… All who are in their graves shall hear His voice (John 5:28).

… Them who sleep in the dust shall awake … (Daniel 12:2).

… You who dwell in the dust … (Isaiah 26:19).

The Dead Are Always Said to Be Where Their Bodies Are

The dead are never in a different place than their bodies.

Sarah was buried, not just “the body of Sarah.”

… Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah … (Genesis 23:19).

Abraham was buried, not just “the body of Abraham.”

… There was Abraham buried (Genesis 25:10).

David is dead and buried, not just his “body.”

So David slept with his fathers, and was buried … (I Kings 2:10).

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day (Acts 2:29).

Solomon slept (that is, he died), and was buried, not just “the body of Solomon.”

And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father … (II Chronicles 9:31).

Stephen was buried, not just “the body of Stephen.”

And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him (Acts 8:2).

Man Is Not Immortal

Men are mortal. Regardless of what theology teaches, the Scriptures teach that no one has immortality, except the Lord Jesus Christ Jesus.

Who only has immortality (I Timothy 6:16).

“Death of the body” and “resurrection of the body” are not biblical expressions. Death is the death of the person. Resurrection is the resurrection of the person. In the Bible it is the person who is said to die, not their bodies.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
The Salvation of All
© 2005-2010

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