The Afterlife, Lesson 7, The Rich Man, Lazarus, and Going to Prepare a Room for Us

heavenhellToday’s lesson is on the meaning of “eternity” and “eternal” in the New Testament — and how these words don’t necessarily mean “everlasting.”

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About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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One Response to The Afterlife, Lesson 7, The Rich Man, Lazarus, and Going to Prepare a Room for Us

  1. Monty says:


    Good points. It would seem to me that if the Jews had some good Abraham jokes about the afterlife(what happens when you die) like we have good St. Peter at the Pearly Gate jokes then the Jews had some understanding about what happens to our soul when we die. Jesus’ story about Lazarus dying and going to see father Abraham wasn’t some new teaching, correct? But he’s speaking about what they already understood. The surprise element seems to be the reversal of fortunes? The rich were the favored by God and the afflicted had done something wrong hence Jesus’ disciples questioning Jesus about the man born blind and who sinned. It was Job’s “friends “assumption of Job’s misery, that he had sinned and not repented. There is also the idea of the rich man not comforting poor Lazarus even though he’s not directly accused of that.

    I guess my main point is that when the Jews heard this story they didn’t go “Oh, you mean when we die we don’t go into some type of soul sleep until the resurrection?” But instead we go to a place of comfort or punishment. When I read Paul’s thoughts about where he would be going upon his impending death(to be with the Lord) then it seems to mesh.

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