But I would not have to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
I Thessalonians 4:13
Have you ever wondered what happens when a child of God takes his or her last breath?
For the unsaved, the moment someone takes his or her last breath, his or her life ceases.
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
Death is final for those who do not know God or for whom Christ Jesus has not died. We face a terrible, but final end to our existence the moment of our last breath.
God shall wipe us from memory as though we never existed.
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
For God’s elect the circumstances could not be more different or glorious.
The moment a child of God leaves his or her body they enter the portal to everlasting bliss and glory!
What could be more glorious than to fall asleep in the Lord and to awake before the glorious throne of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8
One of the most wonderful blessings of salvation is that death no longer has any power over us.
In fact, no true believer dies, but merely falls asleep.
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:55-57
If you consider the fact that Jesus Christ died the death required as payment for transgressing His law, we can then understand that death no longer has any hold upon those for whom He died. All death that comes as wages for sin has been satisfied by Jesus Christ. The law cannot condemn us.
What then remains to threaten Christ’s people?
One may ask why then do God’s people die from illnesses no different than those suffered by the unsaved? Why then do true believers die of cancer, heart attacks and diabetes, if there is no more death?
To understand why, we must understand that each day that we live in our bodies our “old man” or flesh is perishing.
But, we should remember our inward “born again” man is being renewed day by day.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
II Corinthians 4:17
Our outward man, or our physical body must perish in order for our “new” eternal body to be put on.
For this corruption must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:53
Though the physical body of a child of God perishes like all other physical beings, the last breath of each beloved heir of salvation leads to something glorious beyond all present comprehension as his or her living soul goes to be with Christ.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
I Corinthians 2:9&10