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Friday, April 29, 2011

Question of the Week:
Who are the 'Dead in Christ'?

"Don't be afraid that your life will end;
be afraid that it will never begin."
~ Unknown

Artist of unnamed work: David Morin

Who is 'the dead in Christ'? How can we have eternal life and die, period? (I know some believe that when they die they go into the ground until Christ's return.)
~ Anonymous

These questions refer to the following Scripture concerning the rapture of Christians, from the post "Left Behind":

And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NKJV)

Although Christians whose bodies have died are called "dead in Christ," Jesus said that when we are spiritually "born again" by faith—before the death of our physical bodies—we receive eternal life:

"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life ..."
~ John 3:36 (NKJV)

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The remainder of my answer appears at Bullets & Butterflies.

Next week: What happens to the soul after the body dies?

What questions do you have about Christianity or the Bible? You're invited to leave them in the comments below (anonymous questions welcome), or email buildingHisbody [plus] @

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  1. Great Anne, I am really enjoying this daily teaching.

  2. Odie ~

    That's good to hear. May you be edified as well. : )


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