Some Christian teachers say that the immortality of the soul is so
self-evident a truth that there was no need for the Bible either to teach it or
to deal with its denial, for it must be admitted by all, whatever their
persuasion, that the doctrine of the immortality of the soul is entirely absent
from the Scriptures. First, Christian teachers have assumed that man possesses a
soul, instead of "being" a soul, then they assume that this "never dying" part
of man must necessarily live on somewhere, and consequently there must be a
never-ending "hell" for all who are unsaved; and finally, the door is thereby
opened for the deceitful teaching of spiritism, which by its own confession
needs nothing more than the acceptance of the doctrine of the immortality of the
soul, for it to function. We leave the Scriptural doctrine of the soul for an
article under that title, and concentrate here on the meaning of the term
"immortality". The word does not occur in the O.T. and in the N.T. it is
represented by three Greek words.
Rom. 1:23. "The glory of the uncorruptible God".
1 Cor. 9:25. "An incorruptible crown".
1 Cor. 15:52. "The dead shall be raised incorruptible".
1 Tim. 1:17. "Now unto the King, eternal, immortal".
1 Pet.. 1:4. "An inheritance incorruptible".
1 Pet. 1:23. "Being born . . . of incorruptible (seed)".
1 Pet. 3:4. "That which is not corruptible".
Rom. 2:7. "Glory and honour and immortality".
1 Cor. 15:42. "It is raised in incorruption",
1 Cor. 15:53. "Must put on incorruption".
Eph. 6:24. "Love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity".
2 Tim. 1:10. "Brought life an immortality to light".
Tit. 2:7. "Uncorruptness" (adiaphthoria), gravity, sincerity.
1 Cor. 15:54. "When . . . shall have put on immortality".
1 Tim. 6:16. "Who only hath immortality".