SUNDAY August 5, 2018
How Are the Dead Raised Up?
But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.
I Corinthians 15:35-37
Paul taught that the moment a believer dies and takes their last breath, and their brain stops functioning, their spirit, the real person within them, comes out of their body, and instantly, they are present with the Lord. The old tent––their dead body––stays back here on earth. It is lifeless, and the physical body decays.
When my father died, his chest caved in, and I was the one who wrapped him and picked him up to take him to the hearse. There were people ready to take him to a place where they would prepare him for his burial. He was so light––there was no life left in him. I knew that was not my real dad because he was now in the presence of the Lord.
What a real hope and genuine assurance we have when we know Jesus Christ. We are not afraid to die. If we died today, our bodies would become like an empty shell, and we would be in the presence of the Lord. Can you imagine when we take our last breath and enter eternity?
Make sure in whom you believe, because you will have great assurance at the time of your death. John, the beloved disciple of Christ, wrote in
1 John 5:13:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Faith rests on the naked Word of God; that Word believed
gives full assurance.
~H. A. Ironside~
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