7. What happens when I die?
Man is created from the dust of the ground and lives by the life power given by God (His breath and spirit) which is shared with all living creatures.
Gen 2:7 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.
Job 33:4-6 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand. Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay.
Job 27:3 as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
Psa 104:29-30 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
When the life power of God is taken away from man, like the other creatures, we return to the dust.
Job 34:14-15 If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.
Ecc 3:18-21 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?
Ecc 12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it
This means that the life that we have now is temporary and will pass away.
James 4:14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Job 14:1-2 Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.
Psalms 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
The Death State
1. Man is unconscious and knows nothing. It is as if he never lived.
Ecc 9:5-6, 10 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun……… Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (grave), to which you are going.
Psalms 6:4-5 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
Psalms 146:3-4 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
Isa 38:18-19 For Sheol does not thank you; death does not praise you; those who go down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness..
2. The body corrupts
Psalms 49:14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
Psalms 30:9 What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
John 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”
What is the hope after death?
Hope of the resurrection
1Cor 15:20-24 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
Receiving Immortality as a result of a change of this mortal body
1Cor 15:50-54 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality,