The State of the Dead Bible Study Page Two


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Note one:- "Immortality, promised to man on condition of obedience, had been forfeited by transgression. Adam could not transmit to his posterity that which he did not possess; and there could have been no hope for the fallen race had not God, by the sacrifice of His Son, brought immortality within their reach. 'While death passed on all men, for that all have sinned,' Christ hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.' Romans 5:12; 2Timothy 1:10. And only through Christ can immortality be obtained."— Mrs E. G. White, in "Present Truth," Vol. 4, no. 37.


Note two:- The Bible clearly teaches that the dead do not go immediately to Heaven. They are represented as sleeping until the resurrection.

(1) 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Job 14:10-12. In the very day when the silver cord is loosed and the golden bowl broken,

(2)Ecclesiasties 12:6; man's thoughts perish. They that go down to the grave are in silence. They know no more of anything that is done under the sun.

(3) Job 14:21. Blessed rest for the weary righteous! Time, be it long or short, is but a moment to them. They sleep, they are awakened by the trump of God to a glorious immortality. The Great Controversy [1888 edition], Page 550.


Note three:- The voice that cried from the cross, "It is finished," was heard among the dead. It pierced the walls of sepulchres, and summoned the sleepers to arise. Thus will it be when the voice of Christ shall be heard from heaven. That voice will penetrate the graves and unbar the tombs, and the dead in Christ shall arise. At the Saviour's resurrection a few graves were opened, but at His second coming all the precious dead shall hear His voice, and shall come forth to glorious, immortal life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead will raise His church, and glorify it with Him, above all principalities, above all powers, above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come. The Desire of Ages, page 787.