1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15 For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Here Paul is talking about the resurrection to come at Jesus’ return. It’s an interesting topic. Last Sunday I preached on the topic, “What happens when you die?” In short, what the bible teaches is that when we die we remain in the ground until Jesus comes again. In the apostle’s creed it says, “We believe in… the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting”. It’s not just a resurrection of the spirit, but of the body as well. All of us will be raised and restored in preparation for eternity with God the Father through Jesus Christ. There are several bible passage I could reference here, but for the sake of brevity I’ll skip them. If you want to know more just FB message me.
Something I’ve taught on occasion, or at least preached on occasion, is that one who dies is immediately with the Lord and with their loved ones who have preceded us in death. It’s a comforting notion – but I’m not sure it’s correct. The scriptures don’t support that teaching. That said, the promise of eternity with God and with those we love is clear. I take comfort in that today.
Lord Jesus, thank you for everlasting life. We look forward to the day when you come again in glory. Give us grace that we might be ready. Amen.