Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Joshua and His After Life
Recently, our preacher gave a sermon on the existence of the soul. He had my full attention, because my son, Joshua, is in a place nothing like earth. He has a form nothing like his old body, although, I'm not sure what that looks like.
What exactly is Joshua? If he's not in the flesh, what form has he taken? I'm going to refer to Joshua, but, of course, I mean people as a whole as I write what I'm trying to understand.
In the Bible, the scripture defines human existence. Joshua was, as we all are, a oneness of soul, spirit, and body. They describe images of the inseparable whole person: that is until Joshua's death by suicide. His body image is now ashes in the ground, becoming so a few days after his soul departed his body.
Before Joshua was born, Genesis 2:7 (KJV) says his soul existed before his physical birth. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Joshua did not have a soul, he is a living soul. Joshua lives in the spirit world in a form other than bodily.
To sum up, when death overtook Joshua's physical body, his soul returned to God. Matthew 22:29-32 (KJV) proves this, and verse 30 reads, "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."
Beautiful, is it not?
I tell you, folks, I could not for certain continue on in this life if it weren't for the Word of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I hope what I am understanding is of some encouragement to you, also. If I've muddle things up please write me, and I'll bring more scriptures to the table. I plan to continue this topic on the next post.
Until then . . . read the Word and pray.