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How does Paul's message to the Thessalonians give hope to all believers?

How does Paul's message to the Thessalonians give hope to all believers?

Believers are not like the unsaved who have no hope. The same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise those who believe in Him (1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14). This is the firm hope of all who have put their trust in Jesus. Those who have died in Christ have not been forgotten. Christ will "bring with him all those who "sleep in Jesus."

Verses 15 and 16 provide the chronology of events when Jesus returns to claim those who belong to Him. The word translated "prevent" in the King James Version is an old English word that actually meant "precede." Paul declared that those who are still alive at Christ's return will not be raptured before those who died in the faith.

Christ himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout or command. At the sound of the trumpet and the voice of the arch-angel, those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise.

Death is only a prelude to the resurrection that will certainly follow. Death cannot frustrate the hope of those who are in Christ and belong to God.

Our hope goes well beyond this present life. Those whose hope is built solely on this life are to be pitied more than all men (1 Corinthians 15:19). Our earthly existence is but a mere shadow of the glory God has in store for us in His eternal Kingdom.

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