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Some believe we cease to exist when our brains die and our hearts stop beating. The truth is that even if people are not sure of what happens after death, deep in their hearts, most people know that the essence of who we are leaves our bodies when we die. Today we are not asking ourselves where we go when we die. Instead, we want to know what part of man (spirit or soul) goes on to eternity.

The fourth chapter of Hebrews tells us, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” In this verse, we learn that the word of God can divide soul and spirit, but we do not find anything else in the Bible, not even death, that can do that.

Therefore, it is safe to assume that the soul and spirit go on to eternity together when our bodies die. Just as our hearts cannot live without our bodies and our bodies cannot live without our hearts, for one depends on the other, our souls and spirits are interdependent.

This dependency means that in heaven, we will feel emotions, remember our pasts, use our imaginations or creativity, and make decisions. We will remember our earthly lives, recognize our loved ones, use our gifts and talents, and will be able to learn new things. We will also fellowship with God as we never have before, for our spirits and souls will not have to fight temptation anymore.

Unfortunately, the dependency between soul and spirit also means that in hell, people will feel emotions, recognize others, and remember their lives. Still, their spirits will be forever disconnected from God. They will not have a conscience to help them refrain from evil, and since they will be tormented day and night, their only decision will likely be to inflict pain.

In conclusion, the soul and spirit leave our bodies after death and spend eternity together. How and where they end up is up to us for now, but the day will come when it no longer be our decision. Of course, I could be wrong, and one day we might cease to exist, but if I am right, the souls and spirits of many one day might wake up in hell. If you are saved, I will see you in heaven where you see my soul and spirit in the thin new body I will have in glory.

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