by Jerry Vines

* Corinthians 5:6-11
We know that the Bible says, if the Lord Jesus Christ does
not come that every believer is going to die just like any other
person is going to die. If Christ does not come while we're alive
then you and I are going to experience death. The Bible says that
death for the believer is not the unpleasant experience we may
think it is. The Apostle Paul, in fact, talked in terms of look-
ing forward to the time that he could die. He said, having a
desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Paul
viewed the death of the believer, his own death, in a far more
positive way than most of us do today. I think the reason is that
we do not really consider and take to heart what the Bible says
about the glories that await the believer when death comes.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy
rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
If Jesus does not come, sometime in the future every believer will
have to face the reality of death. These verses say that death
for the believer is simply a translation from one existence into
another existence. Right now we are present in the body and
absent from the Lord. The Bible pictures the beautiful transla-
tion of the believer. It says that when we go to the Lord in
death we will then be absent from the body and present with the
Lord. That's the difference the Lord Jesus made when He dies on
the cross, was buried and rose again. The Scriptures teach us
that He carried paradise into the presence of God. The thief on
the cross said, Lord, remember me and he heard the wonderful
message of Jesus when He said, Today shalt thou be with me in par-
adise. Since that time, when the believer dies he is immediately
present with the Lord. If death comes it's sting is taken out for
the believer. Fear has been removed for the believer. We need
not fear death because Christ has taken dea ...

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