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Equipped_4_Love
Apr 28th 2008, 05:03 AM
The Bible tells us that our hope is in the Lord.
Do you guys believe that, for the Christian, this same hope can exist in physical death, and is it something that a Christian should be eagerly anticipating?

9Marksfan
Apr 28th 2008, 01:12 PM
The Bible tells us that our hope is in the Lord.
Do you guys believe that, for the Christian, this same hope can exist in physical death, and is it something that a Christian should be eagerly anticipating?

Our hope is to remain steadfast to the end - to my mind, that means, to the end of our lives here on Earth, so of course it would include physical death.

I don't believe we are to anticipate death itself eagerly - that event is in the Lord's perfect timing for us and we should never try to hasten it - but we are to anticipate eagerly what lies BEYOND the grave - being with Christ, which is far better!

Can I ask why you have posted this thread? Why would you think that our hope in the Lord would NOT exist in physical death?

Debra R
Apr 30th 2008, 10:49 PM
The Bible tells us that our hope is in the Lord.
Do you guys believe that, for the Christian, this same hope can exist in physical death, and is it something that a Christian should be eagerly anticipating?

Hi sis :hug:

My first thought when I read your question was this Scripture.......

1 Corinthians 15

The Risen Christ, Our Hope


12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

Our Final Victory


50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “ O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

I can look up some more verses if you want me too.

My dear sister, I eagerly anticipate heaven. I confess I don't look forward to the experience of physical death. It's because I don't know what it will feel like. But I am not afraid. My Jesus is there.
I have been bedside of my beloved grandson Nathaniel and my mother when they left this world. They both slipped away peacefully.
I do look forward to leaving this world of suffering to be with Jesus and my loved ones who have gone before me. With Jesus where there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, no more suffering, no more death.

Love you dear sister :hug:

ARCHER42
Apr 30th 2008, 11:53 PM
Paul tells us in Phillipians of this type of anticipation.....

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor;yet what shall choose I wot not.

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a 'desire' to depart, and to be with Christ; which is 'far better'.

Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Phillipians 1 : 21-24

Paul had that same desire to depart this life and to be in Heaven with Jesus Christ. I personally have felt this same desire.. especially at certain times of persecution or hardship... I trust that He will call me away in His time and at the right moment. I used to fear death when I was lost.. I'd have terrible nightmares of being buried alive in a casket and not being able to get out.. Jesus calmed my fears and set me free from that bondage that Satan had me in. I've asked Him to be there when I take my last breath and to be by my side as pass on.... I 'know' He will and I know that I wouldnt even of had to ask Him that.. He would of done it out of His unconditional Love and mercy.
Later on Paul actually writes about the 'time of his departure and how he had fought the good fight of faith. I think he understood and knew that his time in this fleshly tabernacle was over and he was going home. Its not unusual or strange for a born again Christian to feel that.

May God strengthen you in your 'faith' on this subject and may His peace rest upon you... He loves you!

IamBill
May 1st 2008, 12:44 AM
The Bible tells us that our hope is in the Lord.
Do you guys believe that, for the Christian, this same hope can exist in physical death, and is it something that a Christian should be eagerly anticipating?

God has reason for everything. and short enough as it is, Our time here also has a reason.

Life here is short.

ilovemetal
May 1st 2008, 05:40 AM
i anticipate death. and it'll be soon as tommorow.(not literally) i have a weird view of time; and i think about it alot. in fact i worte a paper on it. (not for school but for fun) which i could post...

but anyways. i do not hope for death, but since it is the gate to the next life, the better life, how can one not anticipate?

Frances
May 1st 2008, 06:00 PM
The Bible tells us that our hope is in the Lord.
Do you guys believe that, for the Christian, this same hope can exist in physical death, and is it something that a Christian should be eagerly anticipating?

Yes definately. :) ...............................................