We all at one time or another have lost someone to death. This is one of the most sorrowful and disheartening times we face in this life. Scripture gives many answers to our questions, so what does happen when we die? Our flesh body returns to the dust, and our Spirit returns to God who gave it. “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”.(Ecclesiastes 12:6,7).
As a christian we live in the Blessed Hope of living for all eternity with our saviour. We have confirmation that there is life after we die if our life is a reflection of the one who died to redeem our soul from death. “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.(Philippians 1:20,21).
While we are alive in these flesh bodies we are aware that within us dwells a spirit from God himself, it is our earthly tabernacle which houses an eternal spirit that will one day dissolve to release our spirit back to the presence of the Lord who bought it with his precious life! “For 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. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight;) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”.(2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10).
We are told to be carnally minded and living in sin will bring death to our soul, But to be spiritually minded gives life everlasting and this is why repentance is so important to be able to leave a life of sin and live in the benefit of knowing our renewed spirit will live again even after death of the flesh body we live in now. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you”.
We have the assurance of eternal life once we know that Christ has redeemed us by the shedding of his blood and we will live again! “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God”.(Job 19:25,26).