Our Body is the Prison of Our Soul

We were originally the noble princes of heaven. We traveled freely among the stars in the universe, looking at all of God’s creations. We were the sons of God who praised Him (Job 38:4-7). However, unfortunately we were tempted by Lucifer and sinned, and we were cast out into this sinful world which is like a prison. In other words, our body is nothing but the outer garment of our soul; it restrains our soul until we put it off.

Though our soul is now confined in the body of sin, it belongs to the eternal angelic world. So we cannot stop lamenting until we put off the sinful body like a prison. Our death in Christ is a great emancipation of our soul from this sinful world; our soul is released from the chain of death and returns to our eternal home. The moment our body ceases to breathe, our soul leaves it and returns to God (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7).

By studying the truth of the soul, the eternal principle of life, we will attain freedom even during this life. Only through the truth about the angelic world where we were before coming┬áto this sinful world, we can know what happens to our soul when our body dies; and we can see into the eternal world; moreover our soul can feel free even in the prison of the body — death or hardship or famine or persecution can no more bind our soul (Romans 8:35-39).

When we die in Christ, our soul will be released from body, the prison of sin, and return to the heavenly country, the angelic world. Because of this hope, we do not even fear death.

When Stephen faced death, he did not fear, for he saw the eternal world through the telescope of the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:55). Stephen saw the spiritual world, so he did not fear those who stoned him and prayed for his soul.

The Soul Made by God’s Breath of Life

Among Moses’ records concerning the Creation, the record of God’s process of creating Adam and Eve contains the truth about this world and the world before the Creation. Now, let’s study how Adam was formed. As it is written: Genesis 2:7. A breath of life from God is a living soul. God’s breath is not the same as human breath: Whatever God breathes His breath into, it becomes a living soul. Jesus showed this kind of thing on the evening after His resurrection. “He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit'” (John 20:22). God’s breath, the breath of life, is a molecule coming out of His creative power. So we call all the angels or the spirits “the sons of God,” and we call God “the Father of our spirits” or “our Father who is in heaven.” Myriads of angels in the universe are created with the living breath of God. Solomon described the breath of life, which God breathed into man’s nostrils, as the spirit given by God. (Ecclesiates 12:6-7). Thus, the breath of life which God breathed into Adam’s nostrils was called the soul, or the spirit. This life-giving breath of GOD has been breathed into myriads of angels. If they obey Him, they can remain alive forever. Sometimes the spirit born of God’s breath of life, is described as the wind. The prophet Ezekiel wrote concerning this as follows: (Ezekiel 37:8-10). And this wind is called the Spirit of God, as it is written in Ezekiel 37:14. The “winds’ mentioned above are not the winds blowing in the air, but God’s breath of life. If this breath of life is taken away from man, he will die; and if it returns to him, he will live again. In the days of Elijah, when the son of a widow in the land of Zarephath died, Elijah prayed: ” ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life [soul, KJV] return to him!’ … and the boy’s life [the soul of the child, KJV] returned to him, and he lived” (1 Kings 17:21-22).

The body is formed from dust of the earth; it is like a house in which a living soul dwells temporarily (I Corinthians 15:47-49). Here, we can see that Adam was of the earth, not of heaven. God breathed His breath of life into a lump of clay, and it became a living soul. In other words, it was not the dust itself that became a living soul, but God’s breath of life. Human breath passes away, but God’s breath, the breath of life, is indestructable. This living soul remains in itself, even if the lump of dust disappears. As Adam had a living soul, so do all men born into this world. When our soul that has borne the likeness of the earthly man departs from the earthly tent, we will live in an eternal house in heaven (II Peter 1:13-15, II Corinthians 5:1-9, Philippians 1:21-24).

If our soul leaves the earthly tent, that is, the body, we will be with Jesus Christ in Paradise for the time being. And when Jesus descends from heaven, we will come with Him (I Thessalonians 4:14, I Thessalonians 3:13, Jude 1:14).

On the Judgement Day, when Jesus Himself descends from heaven with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, our soul will be clothed with an imperishable and glorious robe, together with the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Being clothed with the robe of glory– this is the resurrection. The souls who have died in Christ will be clothed with the robe of glory, that is, the angelic robe. They will live forever with Christ in the angelic world, visiting every star in the whole universe. Amen.

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