“Soul Survivor”

Occasionally we read about a tragic crash of a vehicle or plane in which everyone dies except a sole survivor.  Sole, of course means only one.  Sometimes in a later interview that person says that he/she has mixed emotions.  There is joy about still being alive, but guilt about why the others all died but he/she didn’t.  If a person believes that death is the end of existence and there is nothing more, it becomes very confusing.

Christians, by faith, trust that mankind became a living soul the moment the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Gen 2:7 KJV).  Jesus stressed the importance between being merely a sentient being and one with an eternal soul (Mt 10:28).  The NIV Study Bible has an interesting take of this subject. “Body and soul are closely related in this life but are separated at death and then reunited at the resurrection.” (1 Cor 15:52) (Php 1:23-24) (2 Cor 5:1-10)

A sole survivor may or may not be a soul survivor, but a soul survivor will not be a sole survivor.  There will be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb and they will be wearing white robes (Rev 7:9).  “Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev 21:27) “…will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev 22:5) (Christians) will “…meet the Lord in the air.  And so be with the Lord forever.” (1 Th 4:16-17) However, “those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus…will be punished with everlasting destruction…” (2 Th 1:8-9)

You may have been or might someday be a sole survivor, but infinitely better would be to be a soul survivor.  If you are in Christ (Rom 8:1) (Rom 6: 3-4) and He is in you (Jo 14:23) (Col 1:27) you will someday be a soul survivor.  May we also sow the seed of the gospel to people who are true searchers so that they too may one day become soul survivors.

–Jim Bailey