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" But of the tree of the, knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in i the day that thou eat est thereof i thou shalt surely die."

-Genesis 2:17

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

-Genesis 3:19

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

-Romans 6:23

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

-Romans 5: 12,21

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

-James 1:15


Why is the true Christian the only one with a glorious future?

Eschatology can be divided into two types: individual and general eschatology. Individual eschatology refers to that which takes place after a person (each individual) dies and ends his personallife on this present earth. General eschatology refers to that which happens to all people after the end of this present earth.

Man was originally created and placed in the Garden of Eden to live, not to die. Physical death, the separation and departure of man's soul from his body, is not something natural, but unnatural. Death entered the human race as a result of, and as a punishment for, man's sin. This is clearly taught in Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:19, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12 and 21, and James 1:15 (see the side column textual references).

When a person dies, his soul departs from his body. His body returns to the ground; his soul, to God his Creator: "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Upon personal judgment, God shall send each soul to heaven or hell: "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom" (Luke 16:22-23).

    Rev. John Owen lay on his deathbed dictating a letter to his secretary who wrote, "Dear friend, I am still in the land of the living..."

    "No, stop, change that! Let's start over." Owen then stated, "Dear friend, I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living."

    What did Rev. Owen mean by this confession?


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