At House with the Lord
The New Testomony solutions the essential query about whether or not Christians on the level of dying are in heaven or not with the consolation of the truth that they’re “away from the body and at home with the Lord.” The Christian life isn’t interrupted by dying. Sure, on the level of dying, the Christian passes into the nearer presence of God. However we shouldn’t confuse this with the entire concept of resurrection. The resurrection of the physique will occur on the time of the renewal of all issues when Jesus returns.
There’s an pressing want for us to be clear on this. Too usually, at funerals, I hear a minister referring to the deceased as now having fun with a physique that’s free from illness and infirmity. This may occasionally deliver nice consolation to the bereaved, however I don’t consider it’s the educating of the Scriptures.
Paul reminds us in Romans eight that the entire of creation is now groaning as in childbirth awaiting the long run resurrection of all issues. That’s the time we’ll obtain our resurrection our bodies in a raised world. Within the meantime, nevertheless, in the exact same chapter, we’re additionally reminded that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God that’s in Christ—not even dying.
And so that’s the pressure. On the level of dying, we do move to be with Jesus. However as we learn in 1 Thessalonians 4, we’re awaiting that point when the useless will include Christ and the useless in Christ will rise first. And so we’ll be a part of with them within the clouds. And so Jesus’s resurrection is the primary fruits of what is going to observe.
Wherever Jesus is, there we might be at residence with him.
On the second coming we might be raised, we’ll obtain our resurrected, remodeled physique, however within the meantime, we’re away from the physique however at residence with the Lord. Now what does that appear to be? Effectively, questions abound for me as effectively. It gained’t be a time of ethical refinement, it will not be like the thought of purgatory. However it will likely be at residence as a result of wherever Jesus is, there we might be at residence with him.
Ian Okay. Smith is the writer of Not House But: How the Renewal of Earth Suits into God’s Plan for the World.
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