In which group shall you be -with those in glorified bodies in heaven, due to Jesus' gracious merits, or with those bearing eternally shameful and painful bodies in hell, due to your own merits?
After losing a much-loved brother, a minister once cautioned a grieving congregation by reading the following portion of Scripture.
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in. the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
-I Thessalonians 4:13-18
He stressed that the church's sorrowing must be different from the world's sorrowing. One proclaims hope and the other despair; one testifies of a great expectation of eternal life and the other of a life being passed.
The minister compared the body of the brother in the grave to that of a caterpillar in a chrysalis. Soon the chrysalis (the grave) will open, and a changed, beautiful butterfly (a glorified, sinless body) will emerge.
What aspects of this illustration are true? Which are not?
Explain the meaning of thc following statement: "The resur.rection of the wicked is an arising to 'live' an eternal death."
Chrysalis -The enclosed form which butterflies are in when they change from caterpillar to their adult forms