by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sharing The Resurrection
Thanks to Jesus Christ’s victory over the grave, every believer can anticipate eternal life with God. Our share in the Resurrection also means that we will take part in Jesus’ return and His reign.
A popular but erroneous theology says that deceased saints experience “soul sleep” and remain in the grave until Christ returns. The truth is that when the trumpet blows, Jesus will bring with Him those souls who have already entered heaven, including every single believer who has died since Adam. As they descend, graves will open and bodies will be gloriously transformed as they rise to meet their spirit selves in the air. Finally, the faithful who remain alive will ascend to join Jesus and the saintly host (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). If we pass from this life before Christ comes to earth again, we will not sleep in a casket. We will be with Him!
Resurrected believers will remain with Jesus as He reigns and abolishes every other political system and power position. Our responsibility is to live obediently in His kingdom until the Son presents us to the Father as a gift. With us, God will restore His kingdom to what it could have been originally if man had never sinned against Him.
One problem believers sometimes face is tunnel vision: if we become focused on our personal problems and needs, we can forget who we are in Christ and what He has in store for us. This world with all its troubles will pass away. Then we will revel in our new positions — as heaven-bound saints and partakers in the return and reign of Christ.
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