2 Cor. 5:8
2 Cor. 12:2-4
1 Thess. 4:17
2 Peter 3:10
- Matthew 22:32; Luke 20:38
- "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
- This verse is considered to be proof that Jesus meant to teach that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are alive in heaven.
- Such reasoning indicates a complete disregard for the context. The conversation is between Jesus and the Sadducees who denied the resurrection of the body, Jesus said, "But as touching the resurrection of the dead. . . " (Matt. 22:31). The passage has nothing to do with immortal souls alleged to be in heaven.
- If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are alive, as the immortal soulist asserts, how does Jesus' argument prove the resurrection of the dead?
- The essence of Jesus' argument is as follows: God is a God of living people and not of dead people, therefore the fathers must one day rise from the dead.
- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, although heirs of the same promise, "all died in faith, not having received the promises." (Heb. 11:13 cf. 8, 9, 39, 40).