21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
This proves that the dead will live again in a conscious state when they are resurrected in their immortal spiritual bodies and not a second before that.
Death is an enemy, which Jesus Christ destroyed through His death and resurrection. The victory, which Christ has won for Adam and Eve and all of their descendants, is the resurrected life, which God will give to everyone in the future; first to the Bride of Christ in the First Resurrection, and then to the rest of humanity in the Second Resurrection.
The false teaching of the 'immortal soul' undermines the gospel of Jesus Christ. It makes redundant the need for the resurrection, and makes redundant the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. If a dead person remains conscious after his death and he is judged to go to heaven or hell, then why would there be a need for God to resurrect him or a reason for the Great White Throne Judgement?
Let us now go on to understand what the Bible means by the term 'living soul'. Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Notice that Adam became a living soul, and not that Adam had a soul. A living soul simply means a living being as translated in other versions like the NKJV: Adam became a living soul after God breathed the breath of life into his body. The breath of life is the spirit in man, or the human spirit, which the apostle Paul says all human beings possess.
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