Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5: 8
There is much confusion today concerning the subject of physical death. Even Christians are not sure what happens when a person dies. Often, Christians will try to comfort the bereaved by assuring them that their loved one has entered into his eternal rest and is enjoying all the blessings of heaven. This isn't true. Paul uses this fifth chapter of II Corinthians to explain what happens at physical death.
Death, in the Scriptures, means SEPARATION. Physical death is the separation of the soul and the spirit from the body. The soul and spirit make up the "true person." The body is just the "house" in which the soul and spirit (the "true man") dwells. At physical death, the "true man" moves out of his earthly "house" and is seen as being "UNCLOTHED" (verse 4). Between death and resurrection, the saints, in their unclothed condition, go to be with Christ to wait in blissful comfort until the Resurrection. When Christ returns to take His redeemed unto Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), the departed saints will receive their glorified body (their eternal "house") in which they will be "clothed" for all eternity. It is at the RESURRECTION that the saints enjoy the promised blessings of reigning with Christ in Heaven.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 addresses the receiving of the glorified body for the departed saints who have died during this dispensation of the Grace of God. The saints who will be living at the time of Christ's return for His Church will also need a new body that is fitted for dwelling in heaven.for all eternity. Paul tells us how the living saints will be changed and given their glorified body in I Corinthians 15:51-53.
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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