Physical death does not affect the “soul”. Mat 10:26-28 Death seals the soul’s status or condition. Since believers form the body of Christ, spiritually, they don’t die, *spiritually*. Christ is risen to eternal life, not to see death anymore. Believers are in a gracious, indissoluble, covenant relationship with Christ. Physical death does not affect it. Rom 6:10,11; 8:28-39 Paul talks about the “inner” man residing in the “outer” man. The outer man, the TENT, is decaying while the inner is being daily renewed. 2 Cor 4:16 – 5:9 Believers are being sanctified in order to be presented blameless before God at Christ’s second coming. At death they are sealed blameless. The groaning and sufferings are over (Rom 8:23; 2 Cor 5:2,4). Both Paul and Peter welcomed this transition. Paul – “I am hard-pressed from both, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for it is very much better(Phil 1:23). Peter – “Knowing that the laying aside of my dwelling is imminent…”(2 Pt 1:14).
Believers occupy the heavenly Jerusalem, Christ’s kingdom, seated in heavenly places with Christ, now. Heb 12:22-24 identifies the citizens: “… myriads of angels, the general assembly and church of the firstborns who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the SPIRITS of RIGHTEOUS MADE PERFECT, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than that of Abel.
The righteous dead, spirits made perfect, like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are all ALIVE to God Luk 20:38. They are permanent members of the body of Christ, spiritually. Their lives are still testifying, like the martyrs under the altar Rev 6:9-11.
Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons