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let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Pet. 3:3, 4.
How dark and godless the leaven of Adventism when compared with such scriptures as these, where immortality is so clearly brought to light in the gospel. How forcibly the language of Peter refutes this modern no-soul animalism. The subject is adornment, outward adorning and inward adorning. The former is condemned, while the latter is advised. “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning;” viz., adorning this body with costly apparel, gold, etc. Do not spend your time trying to adorn and beautify the outward man, the body, for it is corruptible and will soon decay and die; “but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible." Thank God for this plain text. A “hidden man” which is not corruptible dwells inside this corruptible and decaying body. The adorning of our hidden man is not something we put on, but is a state or condition of the soul. “Even the ornament of a meek and quiet
So man possesses both a corruptible and incorruptible part. The body, outer man, is corruptible, is mortal. Rom. 6:12. It is the only part of his being that will put on immortality and incorruption at the resurrection. See Phil. 3:20, 21; 1 Cor. 15:42-44. But the inner or hidden man of the soul is not corruptible. It is of spirit substance. “For there is a spirit in man."
The words “not corruptible” in 1 Pet. 3: 4 are derived from the Greek word aphthartos. This word is found in the following texts: 1 Cor. 9:25,"Incorruptible (aphthartos]” crown; 1 Cor. 15:52, “The dead shall be raised incorruptible (aphthartos]”; 1 Pet. 1:4,"Inheritance incorruptible (aphthartos). It is also found in 1 Tim. 1:17, where it is rendered immortal. "Now unto the King eternal, immortal [aphthartos]." Here then we have its true meaning. The King of heaven is aphthartos, immortal. 1 Tim. 1: 17. The dead (corruptible body) shall be raised incorrup·ible (aphthartos). 1 Cor. 15:52. This is defined to be “this mortal shall put on immortality.” Ver. 54. So aphthartos means immortal. And Peter declares that the hidden man of the heart is aphthartos. 1 Pet. 3:4. So this text is properly rendered as follows: “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is immortal.” The words "not corruptible” in 1 Pet. 3: 4 are rendered “imperishable" in Bible Union and Sawyer's translations.
Imperishable. “Not subject to decay; indestructible.- Webster.
To sum up all the scriptures cited in this chapter, the Bible plainly declares that man is a compound being. He inhabits a mortal body, mortal flesh. But inside this mortal covering lives a soul, which is a spirit being in form, the real inner man. The same our life. But we can not linger here. As we pass down through death's valley, eternity's scenes loom up before us. The curtain is now lifted, and we take a look into the unseen world. As I grasp my pen, solemn thoughts flash through my mind. Thank God for the unerring guide of truth, a lamp to our feet, a light to our pathway. But what is death?
DEATH A SEPARATION.
“And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing (for she died), that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin." Gen. 35:18. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.” Luke 12: 20. How plain the declarations from Heaven's truth. Death is simply the separation of soul and body. The soul departs when the body dies.
But let us glance briefly at this last text again. This man had spent all his time and talents in accumulating wealth. Probably without one thought of God or eternity intruding upon his visions of anticipated bliss, he plodded onward towards the goal of wealth. Finally he reached the summit of his worldly ambitions. He had all of earthly goods that heart could wish. He thought to himself, I have labored hard all through life to accumulate this, now I will take my ease; I have much goods laid up in store for many years. I will "eat, drink, and be merry.” What a wretched portion for an immortal soul! God said, “Thou fool!” O foolish man! he had neglected to lay up treasures in heaven. He overlooked the one thing above all else needful.
As the evening shadows gathered fast, a horror took hold upon him. The whole scene began to change. Death like a grim monster enters his palace and seizes his mortal frame. The night winds moan and howl without, while wafted upon the breezes from the eternal world comes an awful summons: "This night thy soul shall be required of thee."
“He looked all aghast at the sound of that voice,
Then gazed on his rich earthly store;
He was poverty's slave evermore.
How awful was this saying! He had just made the necessary arrangements for the gratification of his sensual appetites; and in the very night in which he had finally settled all his plans, his soul was called into the spirit world. What a dreadful awakening for a soul long asleep in sin! He is now hurried into the presence of his Maker; none of his worldly goods can accompany him, and he has not a particle of heavenly treasure!
"Out, out from his mansion he wandered away,
To the depths of eternity's night,
Which shall gladden - no, never-his sight."
cause man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.” Ver. 5. “Because man lias gone to his eternal home, and the mourners lava gone about the market.”—LXX. Here death is described in unmistakable language. Then shall the dust (our mortal flesh) return to the earth as it was. “And the spirit (the immortal man shall return unto God who gave it;" that is, man goeth to his eternal home.
How different the teaching of the soul-sleepers ! They say that the entire being of man goes down into the grave and remains in unconscious slumber until the resurrection morning. In this they squarely contradict the Bible, which says that at death the body returns to earth while the spirit returns to God-goeth to his eternal home. “And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him." Gen. 35: 29. " And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.” Gen. 49:33. At death both Isaac and Jacob were gathered to their people. This could not apply to the laying away of the body, for it is declared that at death they were gathered to their people, while their bodies were not buried until after this. It was long after Jacob was gathered unto his people that his body was buried in the cave of Machpelah. Read Gen. 49:33; 50:1-13.