Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Death for a Christian
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is for all the young people who need to know about death for the Christian. What does the Bible tell us about the death of God's saints? Psalm 116:15 tells us, "Precious in the sight of the LORD
Grace to you.
the death of his saints."
The Apostle Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). King David tells us that: ". . . in thy presence
fullness of joy;
at thy right hand
pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11). In the presence
of God is fullness of joy.
The Lord Jesus tells some Pharisees that, "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." The Pharisees repeat back to him, ". . . thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death" (John 8:51-52). The one who keeps Jesus' sayings shall never see death or taste death. Why?
The writer of Hebrews tells us, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (Hebrews 2:9). Because Jesus tasted death for us, we do not have to taste or see death.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this I say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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
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. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Those who sleep in Jesus before us, God will bring with Him when He comes again. Let us comfort one another with these words.