“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
… But the location of paradise (referred to here as “Abraham’s bosom”) changed with the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is no longer located in the lower parts of the earth –
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
^ Christ’s death and resurrection, which is how he released the righteous dead from the inner parts of the earth and took them with him to the 3rd heaven.
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.
Who was the Apostle Paul talking about in Romans 3?
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Jews and their elevated status… in the past who are now on the same level as the Gentiles: concluded in sin – heathens.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.