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  • Irreversibly- Unchangeably

  • How do the following textual references teach the irreversible condition of a person's soul after death?


    And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

    -Luke 16:26


    The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.

    -II Peter 2:9


    If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

    -Ecclesiastes 11:3





    How do the following verses testify of the saved souls being immediately with Christ in heaven after separation from their bodies?



    And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.

    -Luke 23:43

    For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.

    -Philippians 1:23

    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

    -II Corinthians 5:8

    place are forever, irreversibly determined (see proof texts for this truth later in the chapter). The righteous are immediately made perfect in holiness in heaven. Their old, sinful nature receives its death-blow, and their new, renewed nature is established, unhindered and unmolested by sin. The unrighteous are given over to their sinfulness without restraint in hell.

      Read the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus from Luke 16.

      There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in pur ple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
      And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
      And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
      And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was car ried 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.
      And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
      But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
      Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house;
      For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
      Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
      And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
      And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

      -Luke 16:19-31


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