In this audio file, I counter John Gill’s ridiculous assertion that dead people know more than living people do.
What do the dead know?
In his Exposition of the Bible, John Gill gives us a long list of things that people know after they are dead. He says that when people die, their knowledge “is greatly increased.” He says that…
- once believers die, they know as much as God knows about them,
- they know about God’s perfections, purposes, covenant, grace and love,
- they know about Christ’s person, offices and glory; they see him as he is,
- they know about the gospel, angels, other dead saints that they talk with,
- they know about the glories and happiness of their heavenly state,
- they in fact know more than they ever did while living
- once the wicked die, they know that God exists and is judging them,
- they know that their suffering souls are immortal,
- they know that there is a future state, filled with unending torment for them.
But you can take that long list of things that Gill says people that are dead know, and throw it in the trash. All it takes is one scripture to refute all that silly speculation. Wise Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 9:5 that “the living know that they will die: but the dead do not know anything.” He teaches that death deprives all human beings of everything in life. He is not saying that death only appears to rob us of conscious existence. In fact, if death ushers all human into a new state of conscious existence and awareness, the author of Ecclesiastes has lost his argument all together. Solomon had argued that it is best for the godly not to focus on any hopes of an afterlife in the intermediate state, but to make the best of life now. He was not addressing the question of whether there would ever be life after the grave. Instead, he was arguing that one’s objective should be making the best of life now. That explains why he later instructs his readers not to “let the excitement of youth cause them to forget their Creator” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). If one is caught up in the hopes and dreams of the future, one is liable to forget that his or her present relationship with God is what really matters. The full transcript can be found on Jefferson’s site: Read More