CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Revelation 20:11-15
As members of the Body of Christ, we are one with Him. No closer relationship exists; we are ''builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22). Our identification with Christ is so complete, so absolute, that we are unconditionally assured of our entrance into eternal glory to dwell forever in His presence. "For our citizenship is in heaven, from whence we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself' (Philippians 3:20-21).
Those of us whose position is described above are going to experience what surely will be the most beautiful event in all the days of creation. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
This event includes all in Christ, for "them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him" (verse 14). "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed" (I Corinthians 15:51). So much for those of us rejoicing in the assurance of our salvation but what of the UNSAVED? There will come another event: "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life ... "
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