November 7 – Ecclesiastes 12:7; “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

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For the unlearned Christian it would be easy to assume that we may have once been with God before we came here.  However, when we read other passages of scripture we can know we were first created from the earth and then the breath of life came from God which implanted our bodies with a soul.  Our souls never existed before our bodies did.  Also read 1 Cor. 15:44-47

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“One of the ancient writers says: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecc. xii:7.)  Let us ask ourselves how it would be possible to return to a place; point or locality which we had never visited. How could we return to God unless we had once been in his presence? The logical conclusion is unavoidable, that to enable us to return to him we must have once enjoyed his associations, which must have been in a pre-existent state, before we became clothed upon with this body of flesh and bones.”  Handbook of theRestoration: A Selection of Gospel Themes Discussed by Various Authors[Independence,Mo.:Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., 1944], 82.