Our Body is the Prison of Our Soul

We were originally the noble princes of heaven. We traveled freely among the stars in the universe, looking at all of God’s creations. We were the sons of God who praised Him (Job 38:4-7). However, unfortunately we were tempted by Lucifer and sinned, and we were cast out into this sinful world which is like a prison. In other words, our body is nothing but the outer garment of our soul; it restrains our soul until we put it off.

Though our soul is now confined in the body of sin, it belongs to the eternal angelic world. So we cannot stop lamenting until we put off the sinful body like a prison. Our death in Christ is a great emancipation of our soul from this sinful world; our soul is released from the chain of death and returns to our eternal home. The moment our body ceases to breathe, our soul leaves it and returns to God (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7).

By studying the truth of the soul, the eternal principle of life, we will attain freedom even during this life. Only through the truth about the angelic world where we were before coming┬áto this sinful world, we can know what happens to our soul when our body dies; and we can see into the eternal world; moreover our soul can feel free even in the prison of the body — death or hardship or famine or persecution can no more bind our soul (Romans 8:35-39).

When we die in Christ, our soul will be released from body, the prison of sin, and return to the heavenly country, the angelic world. Because of this hope, we do not even fear death.

When Stephen faced death, he did not fear, for he saw the eternal world through the telescope of the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:55). Stephen saw the spiritual world, so he did not fear those who stoned him and prayed for his soul.

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