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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

“Knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.”

 

I must put off my tent,

If God were to destroy our “tent;” that is, destroy our earthly body, He will give us another body (“a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”). That is the permanent body that we receive at the first resurrection. The tent in which we now live is temporal and subject to death. When they drop our present bodies into the grave, they will go back to dust.

PRINCIPLE:

When a Christian dies, he or she goes immediately into the presence of God in heaven.

APPLICATION:

When we go out to the cemetery, we should not go under the delusion that we buried our loved one there in that cold, icy grave. If you have a religion like that, trade it in. Find the truth as it is in Scripture. Your body goes to the grave, but your soul and spirit go to be with the Lord. If a non-Christian dies, they go to a Christless eternity. When a Christian dies, he goes immediately and instantaneously into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Co 5:8, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

There is no break-in time between death and a Christian entering the presence of the Lord Jesus. The moment death strikes the body of the believer, he goes non-stop into the presence of the Lord Jesus. We say, “Good night” here and “Good morning” there. No Christian should be apprehensive of death.

He 2:14-15, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

 

 

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