Conscious After Death
Surely, there can be no doubt that the soul of man is conscious after death. Death is only separation. The word separation could be used instead of the word "death." Death is a sleep. For the body to sleep does not mean that the soul is asleep.
When this mortal clay reposes in superlative slumber, when every nerve, every muscle and every fiber of its physiacl being is completely relaxed by reason of the fact that the soul has moved out and life no longer exists in the house of clay, the soul of man is still very much alive and will continue to be conscious throughout eternity.
Many statements of the Bible would be meaningless, if it were a fact that the soul is insensible after death.
Jesus said,"Whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die."(JOHN 11:25).
Our Lord declared that Moses and Elijah had not yet ascended into heaven, yet they conversed with Christ.(JOHN 3:13; Matt. 7:1-8).
God said,"I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Jacob." Christ explained God's declaration to man," God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."(Matt.22:32).
The soul of man, given by God, is not dependent upon a mortal house of clay for its existence. Paul said,"whether we wake or sleep, we would live together with him."( 1 Thess. 5:10).
In the narrative of the rich man and lazarus of Luke 16:19-31, is evidence, beyond doubt, of the consciousness of the soul after death. The Bible speaks of those in the hadean world as those who hear, talk, feel, think, and speak.
They both were dead and were conscious after death. They talked, even conversing about things in this life on earth. They remembered.
Nothing is destroyed by death except the union, for both spirit and body are returned to their original sources. death, far from meaning "extinction," denotes the continuation of life in another state. The opposite of a living body is a dead body, for James said, "For as the body without the spirit is dead." (JAMES 2:26). He did not say that the spirit was dead if it did not have the body, but that the body was dead(separated from life) if it did not have the spirit. At death, the body returns to the grave and the dust with its essential properties while the spirit returns to God with its essential properties. Thus, the body goes into the grave unconscious, for consciousness is no property of the body. The spirit is conscious, for consciousness is a property of the spirit.(LUKE 9:28-32; REV. 6:9,10; 14:13)