How could the soul not take flight when from the glorious Presence a soft call flows sweet as honey, comes right up to her and whispers, “Rise up now, come away.” ~ Rumi ~
Under divine inspiration, Paul wrote 1 Thess 4:14 “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” This text is clear that when we die, we are with Jesus in heaven. When He returns as promised in the gospel, He will take with Him all those who are with him in heaven and they will be reunited with their newly resurrected body. Jesus cannot bring the saints with him unless they are already with Him.
It is not the soul that sleeps when we die, it is the body! It is not the soul or spirit that decays and returns to dust, it is the body! Our spirit returns to God. Jesus Himself made sure we knew this fact when he uttered His last words on the cross: Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
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Originally posted 2012-07-08 09:30:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter