Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Immortality – Not Yet

A verse just heard in a sermon caught my interest in a new way. In Romans 2:6, 7, Paul speaks of the judgment of God "Who will render{give} to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life." Notice that those who finally receive eternal life are those who "seek . . . immortality" which is unending existence. To seek something indicates two things – that there is something considered worth seeking, and that one does not yet possess that thing.

One might ask, "But don't we have an immortal soul?" Though the term is commonly used, it is not found in the Bible. In the King James Bible, the only use of the word "immortal" is found in
1 Timothy 1:17 where it speaks of "the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God." In

1 Timothy 6:15, 16 the thought is repeated -- "the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality." He ONLY has immortality, no one else – yet.
The word "soul" means a breathing creature. In Genesis 2:7 we read "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." That's just what we are, living souls – living mortal souls. And when we die, we cease to be breathing creatures or souls. "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" Ecclesiastes 12:7. (According to Strong's Concordance, the word "spirit" means breath or wind, so this is a perfect reversal of Genesis 2:7.)

It is "our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" 1 Timothy 1:10. But when will we receive the gift of immortality?

Scripture is clear and God's promises true. We find in 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 that at Christ's second coming "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." What a day that will be!

Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

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