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What the Bible Says About Death

a bible study, compiled by John Morris

1. What did God Create

Genesis 2:7  The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.

Genesis 1:1  In the  beginning God created the heavens and the earth (KJV)

2. Death is not to be feared

Psalm 16:9,10  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave

3. Jesus not abandoned to the grave

Acts 2:31  Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.

4. Death will happen

Ezekiel 18:4  For every living soul (being - in Genesis 2:7) belongs to me ….The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Job 14:10  But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.

Job 7:9,10  As a cloud vanishes and is no more, so he who goes down to the grave does not return. He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.

5.  What happens then

Job 34:10-15  Far be it from God to do evil...but…if it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

Psalm 146:3,4  Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their thoughts perish.

Ecclesiastes 12:7  and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Job 14:21  if his sons are honoured, he does not know it; they are brought low, he does not see it.

Psalm 6:5  No one remembers you when he is dead, Who praises you from the grave.

Ecclesiastes 9:5  For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. Their love,, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.

6.  How are you described in death

John 11:11  After He said this he went on to tell them, "our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.

John 11:14  So then he told them plainly - Lazarus is  dead

Job 21:32  he is carried to the grave and watch is kept over his tomb

Job 14:12  So man lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, men will not awake or be roused form their sleep.

7.  Is an eternal sleep all that there is

Job 19:25,26  I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, I myself will see him with my own eyes-I and not another.

John 11:25,26  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Revelation 21:4  He will wipe very tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

8.  Death is doomed

1 Corinthians 15:54,55 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:


1 Cor 15 57  thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Compiled by John L Morris
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible New International Version
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.
Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers: or
The King James Version where indicated "KJV"

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