Where the soul never dies

by Stan Mitchell

“Truly, truly I say to you,” the Teacher declared, “a time is coming…when the dead will hear the voice of the son of God and those who hear will live” (John 5:25, ESV).

I have just one question for you: Since when do the dead hear anything? Go out to the cemetery sometime and make an unearthly racket. I can assure you, you won’t wake the dead. But there will come a day when deaf ears will hear the Lord!

Remember Douglas MacArthur’s remark that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away?” Well, five-star generals aren’t the only ones who never die!

  • Old plumbers never die — they just go down the drain.
  • Old mediums never die — they just give up the ghost.
  • Old postal workers never die — they just lose their zip.
  • Old lawyers never die — they just lose their appeal.
  • Old cartoonists never die — they just draw their last breath.
  • Old ranchers never die — they just breed their last.
  • Old Australians never die — they just end up down under.
  • Old teachers never die — they just lose their class.

Oh, and by the way, do you know who else doesn’t die? We don’t.

“Just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

While we may die physically, the soul never dies!

Children of God never die–they live in paradise forever. While that’s not much of a pun, it is a dead-certain, count-on-it truth!

The opposite form of existence — for the soul that is lost, too, never dies — is such a forbidding, fearful place that the Bible refers to it as “death.”

You know the old song:

“To Canaan’s land I’m on my way
Where the soul of man never dies”?

In one sense, you will never die. The real question is, when you die, where will you live?

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Stan Mitchell

Stan began preaching in 1976, and worked in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He served as preacher with the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He was Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He was married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He authored five books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs; Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song; Equipping the Saints for Ministry; and Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation. Stan passed away 19 Feb. 2019.

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