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Teaching 1 : WHAT HAPPENS When a CHRISTIAN dies?

January 6, 2012

 

The Bible teaches that every person will live forever in one or the other of two places — Heaven or hell. Where a person spends eternity depends on his relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s word says,

” He that believes on the Son has everlasting life;

and he that believes not the Son shall not see life (in Heaven);

but the wrath of God abides on him. ”

~ John 3:36 ~ 

     The Bible tells us that the body is the ” house ” in which the soul lives. Our body is not really us; it is just the house in which our soul lives. We can understand this because we live in a house. The house is not us; it is just the place where we live.

What happens when a Christian dies ? He simply moves out of the ” house ” in which he has lived and goes to be with the Lord. The Apostle Paul said, ” For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. “ Why did He say that it was ” gain ” to die ? Because to die is to go to be with Christ, and this is far better than being here.

When Christian loved ones die, we are sorrowful because we miss them. This is natural; but we must remember that they are with Jesus which is far better than being here. If we could see how beautiful it is in Heaven, we would never want to bring them back here.

We do not have to fear death. for a Christian, the Bible calls death simply ” falling asleep in Jesus. ”  The Lord Jesus said,

” I am the resurrection, and the life:

he that believes in Me, though he were dead,

yet shall he live.”

~ John 11:25 ~

      It is God’s will that everyone who truly believes on His Son should receive everlasting life. Jesus said,

” This is the will of Him that sent Me,

that everyone which see the Son,

and believes on Him may have everlasting life :

and I will raise Him up at the last day. “

 ~ John 6:40 ~

     When Jesus comes again, He will raise the bodies of those who belong to Him; and He will give them new, resurrection bodies which can never die. The Bibles says,

” For we know that if our earthly house  of this tabernacle ( our body )

were dissolved ( were to die ),

we have a building of God ( a new resurrection body ),

an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. “

~ 2 Corinthians 5:1 ~

     What will we be like then ? We shall be like Jesus ! The Bible says,

 ” … when He shall appear, we shall be like him ;

for we shall see Him as He is. ”

1 John 3:2 “

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Bible teaching from ” The New LIFE in Christ “

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