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Psalm 89:48- Who Shall Deliver His Soul?

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Psalm 89:48 – What man is he who shall live and not see death, Who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah. — World English

The question reflects an answer that no man, no human, can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol. This agrees with Paul’s statement that all are dying in Adam. — 1 Corinthians 15:22.

No man under this condemnation is able to deliver himself from death (Psalm 49:7,12,14; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Romans 6:23), but one who is not of this condemnation could pay the price to deliver all from sheol/hades. — John 12:46,47; Acts 2:31; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 20:13.

However, Jesus is not suffering a condemnation of eternal torture to pay the wages of sin, but he died once, as a human being, to paid those wages, and his soul was non-sentient in sheol until he raised out of sheol/hades (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Acts 2:31), not a human (his humanity was sacrificed and remains dead forever), but as a sprit. Jesus was “put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. — 1 Peter 3:18.

The words of Psalm 89:48 shows a connection between the condemnation of death in Adam with sheol. This parallels with Revelation 20:14, which also refers to Adamic death in connection with the Greek equivalent of sheol, hades, and after being emptied of its dead (Revelation 20:13), both the Adamic death condemnation and its resulting condition in sheol/hades is destroyed by being cast into the lake of fire.


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