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               Heresy against Mortality


  (note  that  a  future  judgment  disproves  "instant reward or

  punishment in heaven or hell" - Cp Daniel 12v1-3, 2nd Tim.4v1) 


  Matthew 5v12 -"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad;for great  is your

  reward in heaven". EXPLANATION.  We do not go to heaven to re-

  ceive  this  reward.   Rather  it   is  brought  to  us  when  Christ  returns.

  Revelation 22v12 -  "And,   behold,  I   come quickly; and  my reward is

  with   me,   to   give   every  man   according   as   his   work   shall   be".

  This is a direct quotation from Isaiah 62v11 - "behold, his reward is with

  him, and his work before him". Also cp Matthew 16v27-"For the Son of

  man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and THEN he

  shall reward every man according to his works". If we reject such clear

  testimony, we are surely without any excuse in the sight of God.


  Cp similar comments in Philippians 3v20, 21-"For our conversation is in

  heaven; FROM WHENCE also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus

  Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto

  his glorious body, whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself". 


  2nd Corinthians  5v6,8,1 -"..whilst we are at home in the body, we

  are absent from the Lord..We are..willing  rather to be absent from

  the  body,  and  to  be  present with the Lord..we  have a  building of

  God,  an  house  not  made  with  hands,  eternal  in  the  heavens".

  EXPLANATION. What  "body" was it  that  Paul desired  to  be "absent

  from"?  It   was  "our   mortal   flesh",   "our body",   "our  earthly  house",

  2nd Corinthians  4v11,10;5v1.  And  did  Paul  look  forward  to  being a

  disembodied  "spirit"  or  something  similar?  No,  he  looked  forward to

  "a  building  of  God..clothed  upon  with  our  house..that  mortality might

  be  swallowed  up  of  life...flesh  and  blood  cannot inherit  the  kingdom

  of  God;  neither  doth corruption    inherit    incorruption..We shall not  all

  sleep, but we shall all  BE CHANGED..For  this  corruptible  must   PUT

  ON INCORRUPTION, and this mortal must    PUT  ON  IMMORTAL-

  ITY",  2nd Corinthians  5v1,2,4;  1st Corinthians 15v50,51,53.   And  al-

  though  this  "immortal..house"  is  at   the  present   time  "in the heavens",

  just  as  the  "reward"  now  there  will  be  brought  to us     (see above),   so

  our  new  immortal body will be brought to us when  Christ      returns."..De-

  siring to be clothed upon with our house     WHICH IS FROM HEAVEN",

  2nd Corinthians 5v2.       The  reward  and  immortal  nature  will  be  ours. 

   Believers will not be "present with the Lord" until (as He stated) "I will

  come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may

  be also" - John 14v3. Surely words could not be plainer.


  2nd Peter 1v14  - "shortly I must put off this my tabernacle".

  EXPLANATION. As  shown  above, the  present  "tabernacle"  is  "our

  mortal flesh", "our body".  If  we  are faithful, this mortal body will be

  changed,   and    we   shall   be  granted   AN  IMMORTAL BODY. 


  Philippians 1v21,23,24 - "For  to  me  to live is Christ,and to die is

  gain..having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which  is  far

  better:Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you".

  EXPLANATION. Paul looked forward to "attain(ing) to the resurrection

  of  the dead", Philippians 3v11, which  would  be "at (Christ's) appearing

  and his kingdom",  2nd Timothy 4v1.    It  would  not  be instantaneous in

  real terms - but to all those asleep in Christ,   it would appear so, for "the

  dead  know  not  anything",  Ecclesiastes 9v5.    Re "the flesh", see above.


  John 14v2 - "In my Father's house are many mansions…...I go to

  prepare a place for you".EXPLANATION. "And if I go and prepare a

  place for you,    I  WILL  COME  AGAIN,  and receive you unto myself;

  that WHERE  I  AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO"(v3). The word ren-

  dered  "mansions"(v2) is translated "abode" in v23.              Two stages of

  "abiding" are  revealed.  Firstly, "the spirit of  (orig.'the') truth (will) abide 

  with you", v16,17. Secondly,   Christ "will.. receive" the  faithful at His re-

  turn.  In  the  meantime,  we  must  "abide in" Him, and      His "words" must

  "abide in"   us,    as    "branches..in   the   vine..bear fruit",     John 15v1-8.

  We are called to be "living stones " now in God's "spiritual house" -    see

  1st Peter 2v1-10.             If faithful, we shall be granted our own permanent

  "abiding-places" in the Kingdom of God upon earth-link to the following-

   'promises'..'2nd Timothy 2'..'the Lord's day'..'leprous'..'proverbs'


  1st John 5v11 - "And this is the record, that God hath given to us

  eternal life,and this life is in his Son". EXPLANATION.We are also

  given the Truth, but  it can be lost, Hebrews 10v19-39. We can now "lay

  hold on eternal  life"*, but must wait for  the return of Christ, "Who will

  render to every man according to his deeds:To them who by patient con-

  tinuance  in  well  doing  SEEK  FOR  glory and honour    AND IMMOR-

  TALITY,     (Christ will give)     ETERNAL    LIFE",      Romans  2v6,7.

  *1st Timothy 6v12,19


  Matthew 16v26 - "For  what  is  a  man profited,   if  he shall gain the

  whole world, and lose his own soul?  or what shall a man give in ex-

  change for  his soul?".  Cp Mark8v36,37-  almost   identical   words.

  EXPLANATION.The parallel quote in Luke 9v25 reads"..and  lose  HIM-

  SELF". The word translated "soul" means 'breath'-this  same word is trans-

  lated more correctly  "life" in   Matthew 16v25,Mark 9v35, & Luke 9v24.

  Note:The RV (Revised Version) translates "life" in Matthew 16v25 & 26.


  If   an "immortal soul"  were  to  be  read  into  these  verses,  the  absurdity

  would be apparent, and so  the  inconsistency of the translators  is  evident.

  'Immortal' and 'soul' do not appear together in Scripture.  The Hebrew and

  Greek words translated 'soul' simply describe  aspects  of mortal life.

  Souls die,  Ezekiel 18v4,20, and can be destroyed,  Matthew 10v28. The

  Hebrew is used  of  all  living creatures in Genesis 1v20,21,30;2v7,19 etc.

  Note in ch.2v7 - man was created "of the dust of the ground" (cp ch.3v19-

  "for DUST THOU ART").And   when  God  "breathed into his nostrils  the

  breath of life(air)..man became a living(not an ever-living)soul(creature)".

  Link here to 'The Biblical Meaning of "Soul"' for a fuller explanation,

  where also a similar verse -Matthew 10v28 - is fully explained.


  Luke 23v43 - "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee,To day

  shalt thou be with me in paradise". EXPLANATION. We cannot believe

  that Jesus is telling the thief they  would  rejoice    together   anywhere on that

  literal day.           Jesus would "be three days and three nights in the heart of the

  earth" - Matthew 12v40 prior to His resurrection.         The only "day" on which

  Jesus could promise redemption    is   that day the thief  looked  forward to in 

  v42 - "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom".

  This is "the day of the LORD" - link to 'the Lord's day' for more details.


   However the correct translation should almost certainly read:

   "Verily I say unto thee this day, thou shalt be with me in paradise".

   Compare   Luke 2v11,22v34; Acts 20v26,26v29;2nd Corinthians 3v14,15;

   Deuteronomy 7v11; 8v1, 10v13; 11v8,13,28. In the NT references above,

   as well as in Luke 23v43, the Greek word used is 'semeron',and as shown,

   it should be rendered "this day" as a term of emphatic speech.     We should

   ask why the translators render the Greek correctly in other places,but here

   to push a hidden agenda of false teaching (heaven-going) they do not!

   This is the same inconsistency & bias we have noted  relative to the Greek

   rendered "soul" in Matthew 16v26  - see above...and  we see the same     re

   the Greek rendered "devil" - link to 'devil' and "grave" - link to 'judge'

   and "satan" - link to 'satan'.


   Finally, the Greek word rendered "paradise" signifies 'a garden', and it here

   refers to the Kingdom of God (v42 - "when thou comest in thy kingdom").

   Compare Isaiah 51v3, Ezekiel 36v35; Revelation 2v7.


  Luke 16v19-31- the "rich man" and "Lazarus". This is a parable, part

  of a series which began in ch.15v3"And he spake this parable unto them..".

  The purpose of a parable is to illustrate truths by the introduction of

  both characters and events which are not meant to be taken literally.

                Link here to 'Proverbs and Parables in the New Testament'.

  In this parable, Jesus is condemning   the "rich man" class in Israel,  and the

  downtreading of the poor, represented by "Lazarus".   There appears to be

  a particular condemnation of Caiaphas the then high-priest,    who had "five

  brethren" (i.e. brothers-in-law,  see Josephus concerning Annas, the father-

  in-law to Caiaphas, John 18v13). He represented the ruling classes, and so

  Jesus is condemning all of the Jewish leaders - the priestly Sadducee class,

  and  the  Pharisees  and  scribes,  who were present,    trying to accuse Him

  before the people - ch.15v3,4; 16v14,15.    The  terms  of  the  parable   are

  consistent with the false beliefs of the Pharisees, as recorded by Josephus

  in great detail...this would enforce Jesus' condemnation of them.  However

  Jesus' use of their beliefs to enforce a lesson no more  implied  His agree-

  ment with them than His use of "Beelzebub" (='the god of the dung-heap').


  It should be noted that even on the surface     we can easily see that certain

  details of this discourse cannot possibly be literal.  For instance there is "a

  great gulf" fixed between Abraham/Lazarus and the rich man.            Yet at the

  same time they are talking to each other!        Note also that the heresy of

  "immortal souls" is totally inconsistent with  the bodily attributes which  are

  mentioned - e.g. eyes, bosom, finger, and tongue.


  Jesus concludes what is undoubtedly a parable by stating:  "If they hear not

  Moses and the prophets,  neither will  they be persuaded,  though one rose

  from the dead".All hope of a future life depends upon a resurrection from

  the dead. This utterly demolishes the heresy of "immortal souls".


  As a final comment, we see that Jesus' dear friend Lazarus did  (apparently

  not long after this parable)rise from the dead by the power of God in Jesus.

  When the Jewish leaders heard of this,   Caiaphas took the lead in trying to

  bring about the death of Jesus, see John 11,esp. v.46-57. They would have

  remembered the words above spoken to them previously, & "neither" were

  "they..persuaded" when Lazarus and later Jesus did rise "from the dead".


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