Why then does the Bible tell us we sleep until a resurrection?He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err. Mark 12:27
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"
He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are badly deceived."
Gee, looks like all the non-Christians who think the saints are dead are badly mistaken, quite wrong, badly deceived, and greatly err. Oh, well, their loss.
Only a false church teaches natural immortality.
Proof positive that the RCC is the Wh0re of Babylon.
Death is sleep. David spoke of “the sleep of death”(Psalms 13:3). All throughout the Old Testament, when kings died, they “slept with their fathers”(1 Kings 2:10).
The same is true in the New Testament. When Lazarus died, Jesus Christ said,“Our friend Lazarus is sleeping… Jesus spoke of his death”(John 11:11 -13).
After Stephen was martyred,“he fell asleep”(Acts 7:60). Dead Christians “sleep in Jesus”(1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Daniel wrote that at the end of time,“many who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt”(Daniel 12:2).
Thus the dead are sleeping in the dust of the earth. Someday, they will wake up.
Finally, the Christians’ hope is the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. When our Lord returns,“the dead in Christ shall rise… so shall we ever be with the Lord”(1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
Look closely. Paul said Christians will “be with the Lord” when He returns.
Jesus taught the same thing when He promised His disciples,“I will come again, and receive you to Myself”(John 14:3).
Again, look closely. Jesus did not say,“I’ll meet you in Heaven when you die,” but that He would receive us when He returns.
Ultimately, Bible truth about death is comforting. Our beloved dead are sleeping quietly, awaiting the resurrection when Jesus returns.
Truth also protects us from being deceived by heartless, tricky demons who can easily impersonate the dead. I encourage my readers to continue studying this topic prayerfully.
I’ll conclude with the words of Jesus Christ Himself:
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28, 29, NKJV).