Monday, October 25, 2010

Lesson 10 - What Is a Soul?

1. How many souls came out of the loins of Jacob?
Exodus 1:5 ____________________________________

2. How many souls were on Paul's ship?
Acts 27:37 _____________________________________

3. What two elements did God use to form a living soul?
Genesis 2:7 ______________________________________


The Biblical definition of a soul is simply a breathing body. Notice that the text does not say that man was given a soul, but rather he became a soul. A soul is not something a person has, it is the person. Souls have blood (Jeremiah 2:34). Not only are people souls, but so are fish and animals (Revelation 16:3).

The Hebrew word for soul, nephesh, is variously translated "person" ( Genesis 14:21), "self" (Leviticus 11:43), "life" (Psalm 31:13), "me" (Judges 16:30), "creature" (Genesis 1:21),

"beast" (Leviticus 24:18), "man" (2 Kings12:4), "thing" (Ezekiel 47:9), and "fish" (Isaiah 19:10). When translated "body" the nephesh is usually dead (Leviticus 21:11).

The Greek word for soul, psuche, has the same meaning. In Matthew 16:25 Jesus commands anyone who will lose his soul (psuche) for Christ's sake. It is often translated simply as "life" (Matthew 2:20). It means "person" (Acts 7:14). "My soul" and "your soul" are idiomatic expressions meaning "I" and "you" (Matthew 12:18; 2 Corinthians 12:15, margin)

4. How is the process God used in creating a soul reversed when we die?
Psalm 104:29 _____________________________________


"If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; all flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." Job 34:14, 15

5. Can a soul die?
Ezekiel 18:20 _______________________________________

6. When life ends, what is left?
Genesis 3:19 ________________________________________

7. What returns to God?
Ecclesiastes 12:7 ______________________________________

8. Where is this spirit located in a person?
Job 27:3 ____________________________________________

9. What is it that is found in a person's nostrils?
Genesis 7:22 _________________________________________

The Hebrew word for spirit (and ghost, Job 3:11), ruach, and the Greek word, pneuma, mean breath, wind, or vital element. it is the spark of life when makes you able to live. It is "the breath of the Almighty" (Job 33:4). When the Bible uses those words in reference to man, not once does it say that ruach or pneuma is something in man that retains consciousness after the person dies.

Angels are called spirits (Psalm 104:4) because to human eyes they are invisible as breath. But man does not possess the nature of angels (Psalm 8:5, nor does the Bible indicate that he assumes it at death.

10. What goes forth when man dies?
Psalm 146:4 ______________________________________

11. Is the breath in man any different from the breath in beasts?
Ecclesiastes 3:19 _____________________________________

12. Is there any difference between a dead man and a dead beast?
Ecclesiastes 3:20 ______________________________________

A soul is like the light that results when a light bulb is connected to a power source. The spirit or breath of life, is the electric current.

Electricity will produce light only while it is flowing through the bulb. When the filament in the bulb breaks, the electrical circuit is broken, and the light goes out.

Just as the light cannot exist unless there is both electricity and a bulb, so there must be both the breath of life and a functional body in order for there to be a living soul.

13. After a person dies, can he return and appear to those who knew him?
Job 7:8 _______________________________________________
Job 7:9 _______________________________________________
Job 7:10 ______________________________________________
Job 16:22 ______________________________________________

14. In these last days some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to what?
1 Timothy 4:1 _______________________________________

15. What type of spirits will appear, working miracles?
Revelation 16:14 _____________________________________

16. In the garden, Satan disguised himself in the form of what?
Genesis3:1 __________________________________________

17. Satan can transform himself into a what?
2 Corinthians 11:14 _______________________________________

18. What can his ministers appear as?
2 Corinthians 11:15 _______________________________________

19. If they speak not according to the law and to the testimony, it is because of what?
Isaiah 8:20 ______________________________________________

20. If they speak not according to the law and to the testimony, it is because of what?
Isaiah 8:19 _______________________________________________

21. What type of individuals will not be found among God's people?
Deuteronomy 18:10,11 __________________________________________

22. All that do those things are what?
Deuteronomy 18:12 ____________________________________________

23. What words did Paul have for a sorcerer?
Acts 13:10 __________________________________________________

24. Can a person have fellowship with the Lord and with devils?
1 Corinthians 10:21 ___________________________________________

25. With Satan's influences all around us, what does God call us to do?
2 Corinthians 6:17 ____________________________________________

Christians will have nothing to do with magic, fortune telling, horoscopes or sances; or games, books, movies or toys containing elements of witchcraft or spiritualism.

In the light of God's Word...

  • A soul is a breathing body, a man or a beast.
  • One's spirit is the lifegiving breath from God.
  • The soul dies when the breath ceases.
  • The dead cannot communicate.

Next Lesson: The Secret of Immortality

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Take Care of God's Property

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. Galatians 1:4.

You have cost much. "Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20. That which you may regard as your own is God's. Take care of His property. He has bought you with an infinite price. Your mind is His. What right has any person to abuse a body that belongs not to himself, but to the Lord Jesus Christ? What satisfaction can anyone take in gradually lessening the powers of body and mind by selfish indulgence of any form.

God has given to every human being a brain. He desires that it shall be used to His glory. By it, man is enabled to cooperate with God in efforts to save perishing fellow mortals. We have none too much brain power or reasoning faculties. We are to educate and train every power of mind and body - the human mechanism that Christ has bought - in order that we may put it to the best possible use. We are to do all we can to strengthen these powers: for God is pleased to have us become more and still more efficient colaborers with him. ...

Christ has died for you, and you are to live as unto God. Let your reasoning powers, refined, purified, sanctified, be brought to God. The Lord requires the sanctification of the whole body, it is to be elevated and ennobled. God has claims upon mind, soul, and body. OHC

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lesson 9 - What Happens to People When They Die?

1. When man dies, where does he go?

Job 21:32 _____________________________________

2. The wicked are reserved there until they will be brought forth to what?

Job 21:30 ______________________________________

"So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, shall not awake, nor be
raised out of their sleep." Job 14:12.

3. Job said he would wait in the grave until what came?

Job 14:13,14 ______________________________________

"We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Corinthians 15:51, 52.

4. At what event will they that are Christ's be made alive?

1 Corinthians 15:22,23 _________________________________

5. Has David already gone to heaven?

Acts 2:34 ___________________________________________

6. Where is David now?

Acts 2:29 __________________________________________

7. What has become of him?

Acts 13:36 _________________________________________

8. How will God awaken the dead?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 _________________________________

"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds." Matthew 24:31.

9. Until then, where do the dead wait?

Job 17:13 __________________________________________

10. Where did Jesus say the dead are?

John 5:28 ________________________________________

11. What words did Jesus use to say that his friend was dead?

John 11:11 _________________________________________

12. How did David refer to his death?

Psalm 13:3 ________________________________________

13. What words did Paul use to say that some of those who saw Jesus were now dead?

1 Corinthians 15:6 ____________________________________

14. If there were no resurrection, what would happen to all who have fallen asleep?

1 Corinthians 15:18 ___________________________________

15. When Jesus awoke from death, how did He say that He had not yet been to heaven?

John 20:17 _________________________________________

16. How much does a dead man know?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 ________________________________________

17. What happens to his feelings and emotions?

Ecclesiastes 9:6 _________________________________________

18. What happens to all his thoughts?

Psalm 146:4 ___________________________________________

19. What can we do while we are alive?

Psalm 146:2 ___________________________________________

20. Can dead people praise the Lord?

Psalm 115:17 _________________________________________

"The living, the living shall praise thee, as I do this day." Isiah 38:19.

21. Can the dead thank God or even remember Him?

Psalm 6:5 ___________________________________________

22. Why will many people perish?

2 Thessalonians 2:10 _____________________________________

23. If we haven't learned to love the truth while we are alive, can we get it in the grave?

Isaiah 38:18 ______________________________________________

24. How then should we use the short time in which we are alive?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 __________________________________________

25. Why is it so important to do it now?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 __________________________________________

(Further study see Booklet B, A Closer Look)

In the Light of God's Word..
  • I understand that the dead are unconscious in the grave, awaiting either the resurrection of life or the resurrection of damnation.

Next Lesson: What Is a Soul?