“Every person in this world has an appointment with death. And no unbelieving person can cancel it.”
Today we join Pastor David Crespo as he talks about what happens to a believing person moments after death. We turn to God’s word and look at “who are the dead in Christ” and “where are the dead in Christ.” A topic that many may want answers to. let’s listen in!
Trained by Saving Grace
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Comfort of Christ’s Coming
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a]
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
a. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or those who through Jesus sleep
The Lamb Takes the Scroll
5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read[a] the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose[b] its seven seals.”
6 And I looked, and behold,[c] in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Worthy Is the Lamb
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us[d] kings[e] and priests to our God;
And we[f] shall reign on the earth.”
a. Revelation 5:4 NU-Text and M-Text omit and read.
b. Revelation 5:5 NU-Text and M-Text omit to loose.
c. Revelation 5:6 NU-Text and M-Text read I saw in the midst . . . a Lamb standing.
d. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read them.
e. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text reads a kingdom.
f. Revelation 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read they.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
23 For[a] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
a. Philippians 1:23 NU-Text and M-Text read But.
Additional scriptures referenced: Luke 23:43, Matthew 27:57-61, Luke 23:46, Psalm 31:5, Genesis 3:19, Revelation 20:13-15, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
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