THE REAL YOU
You are more than the body that you see. You are more than the case that houses your senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and senses).
Inside you, there’s something, actually, someone much more than your body.
The inner man is the one the Bible refers to in 1 Peter 3:4
“But let it be that the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit…”
When a man’s body dies, his spirit lives on. He is still as much the human person he was before he died; he hasn’t lost anything except that he has lost the ability to function in the physical world. His body may be dead but the real person, the spirit man, still has the consciousness he had before he died.
Jesus Christ told a story in Luke 16:19-31 about two men who died. One was a beggar named Lazarus.
The point is not that he was a beggar, but though he was poor, he had a righteous heart. When he died he was taken to Abraham’s bosom.
The second man also died, though rich in the world, he had not lived a righteous life so when he died he wasn’t found in Abraham’s bosom.
Note that when he died, his body was buried on earth, but Jesus said that in hell, this rich man lifted up his eyes and saw Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom and he recognized Lazarus. This means that he could still see. Then he called out to Abraham and said “please help me”. This shows he could still talk. Abraham spoke back to him and he heard Abraham’s voice, implying that he could still hear. The rich man also said he was thirsty and, not only that, he was also in agony so he begged “please let Lazarus come and give me a drop of water to cool my thirst”. There is yet another point to note here, he could still feel.
All of his senses where still intact. In fact, he could even remember things because he said, “please, send somebody among the dead to go preach to my brothers”. He had five brothers on earth. So he thought, ‘maybe if someone from among the dead goes to them, they’ll believe him. He remembered his brothers!
This lets you know that man’s spirit lives on. There is a life after death: it doesn’t just end here. How prepared are you for this endless life after death? When a man is born again, it is His spirit that is born again! 2 Corinthians 5:17- 18 says, therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, Old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us ministry of reconciliation.
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