Encourage One Another

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1Thess.4:16-18 ESV)

These are hard days for a believer in Jesus Christ. All those who choose to practice the weird, immoral, inhuman ways of living get support in the name of human rights while others will be forced to surrender their rights. The world is turning upside down morally and you can’t talk about it anymore. God’s Word mentions these as the signs of the end times. The spirit of anti Christ is at work. The people of God should focus on encouraging one another in their faith as the apostle advises. We can gain courage for ourselves and encourage others if we meditate of the words of the Scripture.

Life does not end at the grave

Contrary to the projection of the fast growing Godless culture of the day life does not end with the grave. The proponents of this culture know very well that they are wrong. The truth is a bitter pill they do not want to swallow. They do not want to be controlled by any kind of moral law. The best way to get rid of their guilt is to deny the existence of that truth. If they don’t fight against it they will be crushed by their guilt. They try to comfort themselves saying there is no God, no life hereafter.

But the Bible clearly tells that there is an eternity after this short period of time. This is the uniqueness of the Christian faith. It offers hope beyond the grave and one can be so confident about it. A Christian can find comfort at the death of his/her loved ones because of this hope.

There is a grand reunion

Some may leave this world early, some may stay a little longer, but there is going to be a grand reunion in the mid air when the trumpet sounds. The Lord Jesus will come in the clouds and those who died in Christ will rise again to meet Him in the air. After them, those who are still living in Christ will be caught up to join them. The Scripture defines the people who will be gathering at the reunion-those who died in Christ and those who live in Christ.

How did they die in Christ? Because they lived in Christ. Those who lived in Christ only can die in Christ. So the challenge is to live in Christ. Living in Christ is to live in union with Him. The Bible says this is possible by allowing Christ to live in you. You should live in Him, in close communion with Him, in His righteousness, in His love and in His power.

The very purpose of God’s redemptive work is that we will always be with Him, living in constant fellowship and communion. In other words, God saves us so that we live in Him. We can be with Him while we live on earth since His presence is with us, He has given us His Spirit. But when we meet Him at His return we are really going to be with Him. God would grant us a transformed body which is incorruptible so that the Lord would have our presence with Him. This time it will be “always”, for ever.

Encourage one other

Because of this hope of what is going to happen, we are admonished to encourage one other while we go through our daily struggles and sorrows. Our day of deliverance is near! We are going to see our Savior face to face!

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