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Matthew 10:28 - Does this say that man can't kill the soul because it is immortal?
  1. The soul is not immortal. This verse says God is able to destroy it. The Greek word for “soul” is psuche which corresponds to the Hebrew word nephesh meaning BREATHING CREATURE. It refers to our temporary, physical life. We see this proved in Genesis 2:7 where “God breathed into man the breath of life and he became a living soul.” And, in Ezekiel 18:14, 20, God shows us that “the soul that sins, it shall die.”

  2. Men can kill the body (Gr. soma meaning corpse or physical structure). Yet, Christ said that “men are not able to destroy the soul.”

Why not? Paul states in Colossians 3:3 that though men kill the body, a Christian’s life is “hid with Christ in God.” In other words, no man can stop God from resurrecting a Christian to life.

  1. God has the power to kill the body and to also destroy your life in the lake of fire. That’s why Christ said we should fear God who is able to destroy both our life AND body in hell (Gehenna fire). “Fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into Gehenna (Greek word)” (Luke 12:5). When God resurrects the incorrigibly wicked and casts them into the lake of fire, “This is the second death” (Rev. 20:14). God will have destroyed their life because they will never live again(Mal. 4:1, 3).
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