April 22nd 2010

The Christian Hope

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NKJV)

Whether we are Christians or not, when someone close to us dies it is a sad time; the closer they were to us the more we miss them. They are no longer around to share thoughts and ideas, and the ups and downs of life. What makes the difference for us as Christians is the hope and belief that everyone who has ever lived will one day be resurrected back to life again. This hope and belief comes from the promises in the scriptures. 

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” This comforting scripture is found in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23. 

Revelation 20:6 tells us, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” And in verse 5 we find that, “But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.” 

These scriptures suggest there is going to be a resurrection of all the dead. They indicate that all will be given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Saviour. They all will be offered eternal life. Then will be fulfilled the scripture, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’” (Revelation 21:3-5). 

Prayer

Thank you Father, for the hope of salvation for everyone through Jesus Christ.

Amen 

Study by Arthur Allden 

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