My heart is so full tonight. With the call from Arnold’s son to this moment, I have laid in bed and thought about so many things. A swirl of thoughts. The tip of the swirl sharply pointing to the word~~~~Christian. Where did the word come from?
It first was used in the New Testament in Acts 11:25 and 26. We read:
“Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26)And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch”.
We can go now to 1Thess. 4:13-18. Paul writes~~~~~~
“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. 15) For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord 18) Therefore comfort one another with these words.”.
“Fallen asleep.” How beautifully, serene are these two words that Paul speaks and writes about. The connotation is that of peace – – of knowing ahead of time that you belong to the Lord Jesus and have a certainty of being raised up again.
Paul again writes the beautiful 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. He writes, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2) by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures ~~~~~~~~”
The 15th chapter teaches us of the Resurrection of the Dead, a glorious body that will be ours, and explains, ‘death – – where is your sting’.
Back to 1 Thess. 5, Paul continues writing to the Brethren at Thessalonica and in verse 9 says, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul in all of these writings, is writing to Christians – – in his day and for us today. We have a certainty, that Christ died, was buried, rose again and He will come again with a shout, voice of an archangel and the trumpet of God. The Christians who are asleep in Jesus will rise first and then we who are alive and remain. Then what!! We will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. IT ALL HAPPENS IN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE (1 Cor. 15:52).
I am ready!! Loren was! Arnold was! WHAT ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eagerly waiting for the Flight HOME ~~~~ Marge