Two questions:
IS there eternal existence, and
WHERE will you spend it?

Mark 12:18-27
18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no
resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave
his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should
take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife,
and dying left no seed.
21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed:
and the third likewise.
22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman
died also.
23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife
shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err,
because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book
of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God
of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:
ye therefore do greatly err.

Light from the Word.

While the Pharisees were legalistic in their view of the law, the
Sadducees were aristocratic in nature, and had developed a ritualistic
view of the law.
They believed that ONLY the "seventh" brother would be correctly
married to the woman.
AND the Sadducees did not believe in a "resurrection."

But the truth is, BOTH were too rigid in their interpretation to see
the truth!
The genuineness of the "law" is sometimes tainted
by men's perspective.
BOTH the Pharisees and the Sadducees were so intent on this age-old
problem, they failed to see the TRUTH in the law.

The TRUTH, Jesus pointed out is that there are NO husbands and
wives in heaven!!!
Everyone there is going to be married to Jesus!

Jesus also pointed out a second truth: there IS a resurrection!
Yes, EVERY soul will be resurrected and face Christ in a judgment.
Those who have received Christ through repentance and surrender to
His Lordship, will be acquitted of all sin!
They shall receive the eternal judgment of heaven!
Those who have not surrendered to Christ will receive the eternal
judgment of hell!

Jesus wanted these people to know that there is no escape from final judgment.
The soul is created to exist for eternity (See Genesis 2:7)
(See also Revelation 20:11-15).
All souls will exist for eternity SOMEWHERE!

Jesus concluded with saying, "God is not the God of the dead,
but of the LIVING!"

God exists for eternity, and His "breath" exists for eternity.
And all those created by His breath exist for eternity.

Jesus' clear interpretation of the Scriptures "astonished" those
who were listening.

Please note that the reason the Pharisees and Sadducees
erred was that they did not "know ... the Scriptures!"
To have intimate knowledge of the Scriptures, one must be
surrendered to Christ.

How do YOU know the Scriptures: legalistically, ritualistically, or
spiritually through surrender to Christ?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce