Trust in Divine Power

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5,6.

Spread every plan before God with fasting, and with the humbling of the soul before the Lord Jesus, and commit thy ways unto the Lord. The sure promise is, He will direct thy paths. He is infinite in resources. The holy one of Israel, who calls the host of Heaven by name, and holds the stars of heaven in position, have you individual in His keeping….  2 Selected Messages p. 364

Romans 12:1,2 –God’s expectation for our bodies

Proverbs 26:2– Nothing comes without a cause

John 5:1-15– The lame man at Bethesda. Cause: It was the man’s sin that caused his sickness

John 9:1-7– The blind man. Cause: The man was sick that the name of God can be glorified.

John 11:1-14– Lazarus’s death. Cause: For the glory of God

Numbers 12:1-15– Leadership and Backbiting. Cause: Violation of Spiritual Law

Luke 5:12-25– The Paralytic. Cause: Violation of Spiritual Law

Job 42:7– Examine Job’s Case. Cause: For the glory of God

2 Samuel 11 & 12– David’s Adultery, Murder, the birth and death of child. Cause: Violation of Spiritual Law

2 Samuel 12:24– David’s Deepest Repentance–despite error the blessings still came: God is still willing to forgive and restore.

Do not worry

It will do us well not to worry about situations in our lives. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you.” Place your concerns in God’s care and let Him work things out for you.

The assurance of God’s approval will promote physical health. It fortifies the soul against doubt, complexity, and excessive grief, that so often sap the vital forces and induce nervous diseases of a most debilitating and distressing character.– The Review and Herald, October 16, 1883. The exalting influence of the Spirit of God is the best restorative for the sick.– Testimonies for the Church Vol. 1 p.556.

Who brings about the healing?

The words spoken to Israel are true today of those who recover health of body or health of soul. “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26.

Jesus can limit the power of Satan. He is the physician in whom the sin-sick soul may trust to heal the maladies of the body as well as of the soul.– Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 p.448.I

I would come before the Lord with this petition: “Lord, we cannot read the heart of this sick one, but thou knowest whether it is for the good of his soul and for the glory of thy name to raise him to health. In thy great goodness, compassionate this case, and let healthy action take place in the system. The work must be entirely thine own. We have done all that human skill can do; now, Lord, we lay this case at thy feet, work as only God can work and if it be for thy good and for thy glory, arrest the progress of disease and heal this sufferer.”

…But after I have prayed earnestly for the sick, what then? Do I cease to do all I can for their recovery? No, I work all the more earnestly, with much prayer that the Lord may bless the means which his own hand has provided; that he may give sanctified wisdom to co-operate with him in the recovery of the sick. -Unpublished Testimonies, March 11, 1892.

Exercise Faith

The strong desire for recovery leads to earnest prayer; and this is right. God is our refuge in sickness as in health. Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 p.315.

Prayer will give the sick an abiding confidence. -Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 p. 443.

God does not work miracles where he has provided means by which the work may be accomplished. -The Review and Herald, July 17, 1888.

Faith without intelligent works is dead, being alone. Faith in the healing power of God will not save unless it is combined with good works. -Unpublished Testimonies, August 25, 1897.

We do not manifest a lack of faith when we ask God to bless His remedies. True faith will thank God for the knowledge of how to use these precious blessings in a way which will restore mental and physical vigour.

The body is to be carefully cared for, and in this the Lord demands the cooperation of the human agent. Man must become intelligent in regard to the treatment and use of brain, bone, and muscle. The very best experience we can gain is to know ourselves. -Manuscript 65, 1899 (General Manuscript). 2 SM p.296

Many have expected that god would keep them from sickness merely because they have asked him to do so. But God did not regard their prayers, because their faith was not made perfect by works. God will not work a miracle to keep those from sickness to have no care for themselves, but we are continually violating the laws of health, and make no effort to prevent disease. When we do all we can on our path to have health, then we may expect that the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our efforts for the preservation of health. He will then answer our prayer, if His name can be glorified thereby. But let all understandings that they have a work to do. God will work in miraculous manner to preserve the health of persons who are taking a sure cause to make themselves sick, by their careless inattention to the laws of health. -How to Live p., 64.

In praying for the sick, it is essential to have faith; for it is in accordance with the word of God…. Sometimes answers to our prayers come immediately, sometimes we have to wait patiently and continue earnestly to plead for the things we need. Our faith is illustrated by the case of the importunate solicitor for bread… If our petitions are indited by the Lord, they will be answered. -Ibid.

We all desire an immediate answer to our prayers, and we are tempted to become discouraged if it does not come. Now my experience has taught me that this is a great mistake. The delay is for our special benefit… Faith strengthens through continual exercise. This waiting does not mean that because we ask the Lord to heal, there is nothing for us to do. We are to make the very best use of the means which the Lord in his gracious goodness has provided for us in our very necessities… Natural means, used in accordance with God’s will, bring about supernatural results. We ask for a miracle, and the Lord directs the mind to simple remedy. We ask to the world; we are then to cooperate with God, observing the laws of health and life. Having done all that we possibly can, we are to keep asking in faith for health and strength. We are to eat that for us what we can do for ourselves. Natural laws are to be obeyed. We are not to fail of doing our part. God says to us, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” Philippians 2:12,13.

We cannot disregard the laws of nature without disregarding the laws of God. We cannot expect the Lord to work a miracle for us while we neglect the simple remedies He has provided for our use, which, aptly and opportunely applied, will bring about a miraculous result.

Therefore, pray, believe, and work. -Letter 66, 1901.

A Word from Jesus

“I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26.

The desire of God for every human being is expressed in the words, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.

He it is who “forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies.” Psalms 103:3, 4.

“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art Mine. When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and throught the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fires, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour… Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee.” “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” “Fear not: for I am with thee.” Isaiah 43:1-4, 25, 5.

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.  For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” Psalms 103:13;14

“Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God.”  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jeremiah 3:13; 1 John 1:9.

“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy suns: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.” Isaiah 44:22.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:18, 19.

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” “I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee.” Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 54:8.

“Let not your heart be troubled.” “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:1, 27.

“A Man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” Isaiah 32:2.

“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 45:22.

“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:5.

PRAYER FOR THE SICK

We all desire immediate and direct answers to our prayers, and are tempted to become discouraged when the answer is delayed or comes in an unlooked-for form. But God is too wise and good to answer our prayers always at just the time and in just the manner we desire. He will do more and better for us than to accomplish all our wishes. And because we can trust His wisdom and love, we should not ask Him to concede to our will, but should seek to enter into and accomplish His purpose. Our desires and interests should be lost in His will. These experiences that test faith are for our benefit. By them it is made manifest whether our faith is true and sincere, resting on the word of God alone, or whether depending on circumstances, it is uncertain and changeable. Faith is strengthened by exercise. We must let patience have its perfect work, remembering that there are precious promises in the Scriptures for those who wait upon the Lord.

Not all understand these principles. Many who seek the Lord’s healing mercy think that they must have a direct and immediate answer to their prayers or their faith is defective. For this reason, those who are weakened by disease need to be counselled wisely, that they may act with discretion. They should not disregard their duty to the friends who may survive them, or neglect to employ nature’s agencies for the restoration of health.

Often there is danger of error here. Believing that they will be healed in answer to prayer, some fear to do anything that might seem to indicate a lack of faith. But they should not neglect to set their affairs in order as they would desire to do if they expected to be removed by death. Nor should they fear to utter words of encouragement or counsel which at parting hour they wish to speak to their loved ones.

Those who seek healing by prayer should not neglect to make use of the remedial agencies within their reach. It is not a denial of faith to use such remedies as God has provided to alleviate pain and to aid nature in her work of restoration. It is not denial of faith to co-operate with God, and to place themselves in the condition most favourable to recovery. God has put it in our power to obtain knowledge of the laws of life. This knowledge has been placed within our reach from use. We should employ every facility for the restoration of health, taking every advantage possible, working in harmony with natural laws. When we have prayed for the recovery of the sick, we can work with all the more energy. Thanking God that we have the privilege of co-operating with Him, and asking His blessing on the means which He Himself has provided. Ministry of Healing p. 231

Questions & Answers

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE?

According to dictionary.com, Death means the end of being alive.

The bible describes death as a sleep: John 11:14 says These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

WHAT IS MAN? IN WHAT CONDITION WAS MAN CREATED?

He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Job 14:2

Like as a Father pitieth [his] children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field so he flourisheth. Psalm 103:13-15

“What is man, that thou be mindful of him? Or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels.” Heb 2:6, 7.

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF ANGELS?

But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” Luke 20:35, 36.

WHAT ARE ANGELS CALLED?

“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” Heb. 1:7.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO ADAMS?

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 1 Cor. 15:45.

WHEN DOES MAN BECOME A SPIRITUAL BEING?

“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body, there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” 1 Cor. 15:44.

TO WHAT DOES THE SOWING REFER?

“That which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die.” 1 Cor. 15:36.

NOTE: Man does not have the undying, spiritual nature of the angels until the resurrection. Then, if righteous, he cannot die anymore (Luke 20:36), because he is, “equal unto the angels.”

HOW IS MAN’S NATURE DEFINED?

“Shall mortal man be more just than God?” Job 4:17.

NOTE: Mortal. “Subject to death.” Webster.

WHAT IS GOD’S NATURE?

“Now unto the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Tim. 1: 17.

NOTE: Immortal. “Exempt from liability to die.” Webster.

Of what was man formed in the beginning?

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.” Gen. 2:7.

WHAT ACT MADE HIM A LIVING SOUL?

“And [God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Gen. 2:7.

NOTE: The living soul was not put into man; but the breath of LIFE which was put into man, made him–the man; made of the earth– a living soul, or creature. The original word for “living soul” in this text is nephesh chaiyah. On the use of this word in Gen. 1:24, Dr. A. Clarke says: “A general term to express all creatures endued with animal life, in any of its infinitely varied graduations, from the half-reasoning elephant down to the polyp, which seems equally to share the vegetable and animal life.”

ARE OTHERS BESIDES MAN CALLED “LIVING SOULS” IN THE BIBLE?

“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.” Rev. 16:3. (See Gen. 1:30, margin.)

DO OTHER CREATURES BESIDES MAN HAVE THE “BREATH OF LIFE?”

“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of foul, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man; all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land died.”  Gen. 7:21,22.

IS THEIRS THE SAME BREATH AS MAN’S?

“As the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath, so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast, for all is vanity.”  Eccl. 3:19

THE BREATH OF LIFE FROM GOD WAS BREATHED INTO MAN’S NOSTRILS IN THE BEGINNING.  WHAT DOES JOB CALL THAT WHICH IS IN THE NOSTRILS?

“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils.”  Job 27:3

WHEN MAN GIVES UP THE SPIRIT, WHAT BECOMES OF IT?

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”  Eccl.12:7.

NOTE: That is, the spirit of life by which man lived, and which was only loaned to him of God, goes back to the great author of life.  It is His, and man can have it eternally, only as a gift from God, through Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23) when the spirit goes back to God, the dust, which was in the beginning made a “living soul,” goes back as it was, to the earth.

CAN ONE HAVE THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WITH HIM ETERNALLY, UNLESS HE HAS CHRIST?

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”  1 John 5:12.

NOTE: The veriest sinner and reviler of Christ has this temporal life; but when he yields this up, he has no prospect that eternal life will be given to him, as that can be received only through Christ.

WHY WERE THE FIRST GUILTY PAIR DRIVEN FROM THE TREE OF LIFE?

“And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”  Gen. 3:22.

WHAT WAS DONE TO KEEP MAN AWAY FROM THE TREE OF LIFE?

“So He drove out the man, and He placed at the east of the garden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”  Gen. 3:24.

IF THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDES ON A PERSON, OF WHAT DOES IT DEPRIVE HIM?

“He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  John 3:36

WHEN THE SINNER HAS BEEN CONVERTED, WHAT THEN IS HIS PROSPECT FOR LIFE?

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.”  Col.3:3,4.

THE WORD IMMORTAL OCCURS BUT ONCE IN THE ENGLISH  BIBLE (1 TIM. 1:17), AND IS THERE APPLIED TO GOD; IS ANY OTHER SAID TO HAVE IMMORTALITY?

Who is the blessed and only potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords: who only hath immortality.”  1 Tim. 6:15,16.

HOW DOES MAN OBTAIN IMMORTALITY?

“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality eternal life.”  Romans 2:7

NOTE: One does not need to seek for a thing which he already possesses.

WHEN WILL THE FAITHFUL RECEIVE IMMORTALITY?

“Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. At the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  1 Cor. 15:51,52.

WHAT IS THEN TO BE SWALLOWED UP?

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”  1 Cor. 15:54.

HOW IS THIS VICTORY GAINED?

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Cor. 15:51.

We have found that man was made of the dust of the ground, and caused to live by the breath of life, is called a “living soul:” or creature, according to the original text. Other creatures live by the same process, and some of them, at least, are plainly called living souls. When man dies, he knows nothing until he lives again, simply because the vitalizing element that causes him to live and move and think has been taken from him, and gone back to its original Possessor. Unless that were brought back to man, he would be forever unconscious in death. But Christ, who is the believer’s life, is to appear, and bring back to those who seek for it, that life which they forfeited through sin. It is thus that man obtains immortality.

WHY DID GOD GIVE HIS SON TO DIE? AND WHO ALONE ARE BENEFITED BY HIS DEATH?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten s\Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” “He that believeth not the Son shall not see [everlasting] life, but the wrath of God abideth or him.” John 3:16, 36.

WITH WHOM IS THE ETERNAL LIFE OF THE BELIEVER HID?

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Col. 3:3. “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” 1 John 5:11.

IN WHAT CONDITION IS MAN WHILE IN DEATH?

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10.

NOTE: That is, man, when dead, has no use of the powers of mind or body. He cannot, therefore, while in the grave, praise God, or even think of Him (Psalm 6:5); for in the day he dies his thoughts perish. Psalm 146:2-4. (See preceding chapter, Eternal Life- Chapter 104.)

WHERE DO THE DEAD SLEEP?

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Daniel 12:2.

HOW LONG WILL THEY SLEEP THERE?

So man lieth down and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, not be raised out of their sleep. Job 14:12.

WHAT DOES ONE IN THIS CONDITION KNOW ABOUT HIS FAMILY?

His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. Job 14:21.

WHAT BECOMES OF MAN’S THOUGHTS AT DEATH?

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish. Psalms 146:4.

DO THE DEAD KNOW ANYTHING?

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything. Ecclesiastes 9:6.

DO THEY TAKE ANY PART IN EARTHLY THINGS?

Also their love and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:6.

NOTE: If one continued in consciousness after death, he would know of the promotion or dishonour of his sons. But Job says he does not know this, and then if, as stated in the last text quoted, in death one loses all the attributes of his mind, as love hatred, envy, etc., it is plain that his thoughts have perished, and that he can have nothing more to do with living objects. Again if man in death prolongs his powers of thought, he lives; and if he lives he must be somewhere. Where is he? Is he in heaven, or in hell? If in either place immediately after death, what is the necessity of a judgement in the end of the world to decide his case? Is there a possibility that some have at death gone to the wrong place, and must needs be sent to the other, after having been in bliss or torment for ages, perhaps?

WHAT DOES THE PSALMIST SAY ABOUT THE DEAD PRAISING THE LORD?

“The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.” Ps. 115:17.

HOW MUCH DOES ONE KNOW OF GOD WHEN DEAD?

“For in death there is no remembrance of thee.” Ps. 6:5.

NOTE: There is not even a remembrance of God. As already seen, the Bible everywhere represents the dead as asleep. If they were in heaven or in hell, would it be fitting to represent them thus? Was Lazarus, whom Jesus loved, in heaven when the Saviour said: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth?” (John 11:11.) If so, calling him to life was really robbing him of the bliss of heaven that rightly belonged to him.

BUT ARE NOT THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD IN HEAVEN?

“For David is not ascended into the heavens.” Acts 2:34.

IF THE DEAD CANNOT PRAISE GOD, WHAT MUST TAKE PLACE TO ENABLE THEM TO DO SO?

“Thy dead men shall live; together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Isa. 26:19.

WHAT WAS THE ONLY THING WITH WHICH DAVID WOULD BE SATISFIED?

“As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.” Psalms 17:15.

IF THERE SHOULD NEVER BE AN AWAKENING OF THE DEAD, WHAT WOULD BE THE RESULT?

“For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; and if Christ not raised. Your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” 1 Cor.15:16-18.

WHEN DOES THE RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS TAKE PLACE?

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1 Thess. 4:16 (1 Cor.15:23).

Note: If, as we have learned (Eccl. 9:5), the dead know not anything, and then they will certainly have no knowledge of the lapse of time.  A thousand years will be to them a day or a moment.  To go down to the grave, and wait till the resurrection, even though it be a thousand years, will be to those who experience it like a sudden transition from this life to the next.  It ought to be a consoling thought to one whose life has been filled with anxiety and grief for loved ones who persist in wickedness, to know that they will in death be spared torment.  Again, it would mar the felicity of one’s enjoyment in heaven if he could look upon earth, and see his friends and relatives maltreated by strangers, or suffering from cold and hunger.  It is wise that God has ordered it as expressed by the patriarch: “His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.” Job 14:21.

WHOSE VOICE RAISES THE DEAD?

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth.” John 5:28, 29.

HOW MANY DISTINCT GROUPS, OR CLASSES, OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE A RESURRECTION?

“There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Acts 24:15.

HOW DOES CHRIST DESCRIBE THESE TWO RESURRECTIONS?

“All that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28,29.

WHEN WILL THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST OCCUR?

“For The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-angel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16. (See also 1 Corinthians 15:23.)

WHEN ARE THE RIGHTEOUS TO RECEIVE THEIR FINAL REWARD?

“For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:14.

HOW DID THE PSALMIST DESCRIBE THAT MOMENT WHEN HE COMES TO LIFE AND LEAVES THE GRAVE?

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” Psalm 17:15

WILL OUR RESURRECTION BODIES BE LIKE OUR PRESENT BODIES?

“So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.

AFTER WHOSE BODY WILL THESE RESURRECTED ONES BE FASHIONED LIKE UNTO?

“We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.” Philippians 3:20, 21.

IN WHAT WORDS IS THE ULTIMATE TRIUMPH OVER DEATH AND THE GRAVE EXPRESSED?

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

HOW LONG WILL THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE?

“Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” Luke 20:36.

HOW MANY WILL BEHOLD HIM WHEN HE COMES?

“Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him.” Rev.1:7.

WHAT WONDERFUL DEMONSTRATION WILL ACCOMPANY THE LORD’S COMING?

“The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.” 1 Thess. 4:16.

NOTE: The Lord Himself, not some other, shall descend.

WHAT WILL THEN TAKE PLACE?

“We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:51, 52.(1 Thess. 4:16-17).

WHO HAVE PART IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION?

“And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast… and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years… This is the first resurrection… On such the second death hath no power.” Rev. 20: 4-6.

WHO HAVE PART IN THE SECOND RESURRECTION?

“But the rest of the dead (the wicked) lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” “And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.” Rev.20:5.9 (Dan.12:2) (Heb.11:35).

WHAT IS THE SECOND, OR ETERNAL, DEATH? AND WHO SUFFER IT?

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:14,15.  “The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone… is the second death.” Rev. 21:8.”He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Rev.2:11. See Eze.18:26.

WHAT IS THEN SAID OF THOSE WHO SHARE THE FIRST RESURRECTION, AND SO ESCAPE THE SECOND DEATH?

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.” Rev. 21:4, 5.

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