I do not want you to be ignorant
1 Thessalonians 4
New King James Version (NKJV)
13 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. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
Grace and peace be unto you my brothers and my sisters,
As you are aware, we are living in the last days and the end is rapidly approaching. For those who do not know Christ there should be a sense of urgency to get to know him as Lord and Savior, and for those who do know Christ, there should be a sense of joy, expectation and hope. In a world that appears to be hopeless God has called us to have hope. In life and even in death God has called us to have hope. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and his righteousness. In the above text Paul writes to encourage the saints regarding the death of love ones. What is interesting he does not use the word death because in Christ you do not die but sleep therefore he states," concerning those who have fallen asleep." God is not the God of the dead but he is the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob who are no longer residents of this earth but are residing with Christ at the right hand of the Father alive and well. Paul's concern is that we who are believers in Christ should not sorrow as others who do not believe in Christ and have no hope in Christ. When believers experience the transition of love ones that are in Christ, we are not to sorrow or bereave as the world who has no hope nor are we to view this transition as the end of life. However; the scripture teaches," to be absence from the body is to be present with the Lord." Therefore my brothers and my sisters, Paul admonishes the believers not to be ignorant and act as if we don't have this knowledge regarding those who have transitioned to be with the Lord. The scripture teaches," For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring them with him, those who sleep in Jesus." Be encourage, weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning!
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