Thursday, January 18, 2018

In John 14:3 when is it that they will be with the Lord; when they die, or when He will come again?

When does He receive them unto Himself; when they die, or when He comes again?

Where does this receiving take place; here on earth where He comes, or somewhere in Heaven?

In 1 Corinthians 15:23 when is it that those in Christ are made alive; when they die, or at His coming?

If people go to be with the Lord at death, then why do they have to be resurrected and caught up to meet Him? (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

If they had been present with the Lord during death, would it not be more fitting if the Word had said that they come with Him, rather than to meet Him?

When is it that they are ever to be with the Lord; after death, or after resurrection?

When are the saints to be presented to the Father; after death, or after resurrection? See 2 Corinthians 4:14.

When folks are dead, are they in the naked state, or are they present with the Lord? (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

Did the saints labor to be accepted of Him; (1) In the naked state? (2) Present with Him? (3) Absent from Him? Which two would you say?

Do they appear before the judgment seat in the naked state or when present with the Lord?

Does Scripture ever make the statement that any would ever appear before Him in the naked state (without a body)? Give reference.

At the present time are all the dead in Christ with the Lord, or in the naked state?

What about David? (Acts 2:29,34)

Now check carefully. Did God say that absent from the body is to be present with the Lord? (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Does present with the Lord apply to the dead in Christ at His coming and living believers at His coming as well?

If so, then does that explain how that Paul could be absent from the body and be present with the Lord without going through the naked state?

Now that brings us to another question. What was the hope of Paul at this time; to die and to be resurrected, or to be here at the coming of the Lord? {1 Corinthians 15:51 1 Thessalonians 4:15)

In the light of the above, to be absent from the body, as Paul used it in 2 Corinthians 5:8, does not refer to death at all, but rather to the exchange of bodies for living believers when the Lord comes. Is this right? But could it refer to death in the case of those fallen asleep?

If that be true, then is there any Scripture that says that dead folks are with the Lord?

Suppose that the dead are with the Lord. Why bother with a resurrection? Does 1 Corinthians 15:32 recognize any existence without resurrection?

Resurrection is the hope of the believer. Without it there is no hope. The unbeliever has no such expectation but judgment. He does not have life.

Note that all passages cited above are outside the dispensation of the mystery.

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1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
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