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Thursday, May 20, 2010

In our last visit we introduced the next section of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, 4:13-18. Let’s do an inductive study of this portion. To start with we’ll try answering the question, “What does it say?” Then we’ll try answering the question, “What does it mean?” When we have done that we’ll try to answer the question, “So what?” or “What difference should this make in my life?” Let’s begin by identifying what it says.  

We find that God wants us to understand what happens to those who die as believers. Since Jesus was raised from the dead, we have hope that all who die as believers will experience a resurrection and participate in the rapture together with those who are still alive when Jesus Christ returns. Once we’ve been raptured we will be with the Lord forever. 
This return of Jesus Christ for His own is announced with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. Because of these realities we should comfort one another and help each other as we grieve. We have reason to hope, not like the rest of men. 
With this information before us we need to interpret it. That is, we need to determine what it means to us and for us. This is a portion often referred to in a funeral service, so it is important for us to understand what it means. To be ignorant of this truth leaves us with little basis for comfort or encouragement at the time of a loved one’s death. It also would mean we are ill prepared to face death ourselves. So let me encourage you to read it over carefully and meditate on it.

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