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The following are some of the scriptures they use: “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life." John 3:36. "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:15. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life." John 10:27, 28. “God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1 John 5:11.
While "eternal life" implies eternal conscious existence without intermission, and “God hath given to us eternal life," this utterly refutes the soul-sleeping theory. Jesus said, “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." John 11:26. The body will die, but the soul “shall never die.” On the solid Word of God we stand and defy our enemies. But let us repeat: While the terms “eternal life,” "everlasting life," etc., imply eternal existence, this is far from their true meaning. Sin separates the soul from God. Isa. 59:1, 2. As soon as it is cut off from union with God it dies. John 15:2, 6;
; Rom. 7:9. This death is not a cessation of the soul's conscious existence, but an alienation from God, whose favor is the normal sphere of the soul's happiness. So every sinner is dead, and yet has a conscious existence. “Dead while they live." This is the sad state of the entire world out of Christ. See Rom. 5:12-14; Eph. 2:1; Rom. 8:6; Rom. 7:9; 1 John 3:14; 1 Tim. 5:6.
Sinners are now commanded to awake out of sleep and arise from the dead. Eph. 5:14. When they meet the Bible requirements for salvation, they "pass from death unto life.” 1 John 3:14. Jesus came to give men this life (John 10:10), this eternal life (1 John 5:11); “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." John 17:3. Thus the sinner who has been cut off from union with God, and abides in spiritual death, is quickened into life, inducted into Christ, who is our life. This eternal life through Christ is union with God, enjoyment of his presence and favor in our souls. Oh, the blessed state of the soul thus united to God! This blessed union with Christ, this eternal life, is here enjoyed by the Christian (John 3:36; 1 John 3:14; 5:11), and, if we prove faithful unto death, we have the promise of enjoying the same blessed union and eternal life in the future. Mark 10:30. So instead of eternal life simply signifying eternal existence, it rather signifies eternal union with God, a blissful enjoyment of his favor, love, grace, peace, etc., upon our souls. And all this is granted to us through Jesus Christ. “This is life eternal that ye may know him;' viz., be "no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.” “Brought nigh by the blood of Christ;” brought into close affinity and relationship with him, "our glorious Lord.” He is “unto us a place of broad rivers and streams"-streams of love, joy, peace, happiness, and "pleasures forevermore.” Jesus Christ is our life, our light, “the bright and morning star,” which illuminates our rugged pathway through this dark world of sin; the “lily of the valley," "the rose of Sharon," blooming in our souls, sending a sweet fragrance to all around, until the desert is made to blossom as the rose. “The one altogether lovely, the fairest among ten thousand,” living in us, walking in us, comforting our hearts, renewing our strength, our refuge, our "all and in all." Reader, “this is eternal life," a blessed condition of the soul. Let me here introduce for the remainder of this chapter the following clear argument quoted from another writer:
"'Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.' 2 Tim. 1:9, 10. He has abolished spiritual death by giving life to the soul; life which is freedom from sin, the cause of death; and the possession of divine favor and peace, which is life-yea, the very indwelling of Christ, who is our life. And he has abolished all the dread of natural death by bringing to light the immortality of the soul. The fact that the inner or real man does not perish with the body, but enjoys a more glorious presence with the Lord after the earthly house is dissolved, abolishes the terrors of death. The sting of death is sin. But the blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin and the Holy Spirit quickens the soul into such a precious knowledge of our eternal life, and spirit's immortality, that death, so much dreaded before, is now entirely abolished. This victory over death is not by the impartation of immortality to the soul, but only bringing fully to light, by the gospel, that the soul is immortal.
“Through the gospel, salvation, and illumination of the Spirit of God, there has been brought to light that which was always true; viz., that the soul is immortal. But, like many other great truths, it was not as clearly revealed in the Old Testament as in the New In the name of Jesus we maintain that this is a positive proof of man's immortal spirit. If man, in his spiritual nature, were not immortal, there would be no immortality to bring to light in him. If immortality is conditional and only imparted by divine grace, the Word would read that God gave immortality. But the testimony of Heaven is, that he brought to light that which existed.
“Mr. Wilson, the translator of the Emphatic Diaglott, was a first-day Adventist; hence believed in soul-sleeping. He translated it: 'Who hath illustrated life and incorruptibility.' But in the direct from the Greek he renders it correctly, 'Hath illuminated.' Could Christ illuminate a thing that does
not exist? That this is correct, we can make plain by an appeal to the original word. It is photisantos. Its root is phos, which means light, and occurs in such texts as Mat. 4:16; 5:14, 16; John 1:4, 5, 7, 8,9. That photisantos means having illuminated or shed light on something, will be made plain by examining its use. "Will bring to light [photizo] the hidden things of darkness.' 1 Cor. 4:5. "The shining of a candle doth give light [photizo].' Luke 11:36. "The earth was lightened (photizo] with his glory.' Rev. 18:1. "The glory of God did lighten (photizo] it.' Rev. 21:23. Photizo is clearly seen to mean to lighten, and as surely photisantos means 'having lightened' or 'having illuminated,' 'hath brought immortality to light.'
"Most people who hold that the soul is only conditionally immortal, that it is imparted to it in salvation or in the resurrection, etc., confound a condition of the soul with its nature; namely, they see a transition from death unto life by the grace of God, and with this life they identify the soul's immortality. But this is confusion and error. Spiritual death incurred by sin is only a condition of the soul. It still lives, as we have proved by the Word. The sinner is still conscious of the moral law written in man's being, is conscious that all actions are good or bad; and since, as we have proved, it is the soul that sins, he yet has a conscious soul.
“Spiritual death is a forfeiture of righteousness and God's favor and peace, not a destruction of the con