What Happens to Our Bodies When We Die? Do We Get Another Body? (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

James 2:26 (NASB) the body without the spirit is dead

I. AT DEATH OUR BODIES GO TO SLEEP

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NASB) But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

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Acts 7:60, “Falling on his knees he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. And having said this, he fell asleep.”

Acts 7:59 “Lord Jesus receive my spirit.”

1 Corinthians 11:30 “Many among you are weak and sick and a number sleep,”

2 Corinthians 5:8 “To be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord.”

II. OUR BODIES STAY ASLEEP UNTIL THE RESURRECTION

Daniel 12:2 (NASB) “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

Acts 24:15 (NASB) having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

John 5:29 (NASB) and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

Hebrews 11:35 (NASB) Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;

a. There is the first resurrection

Revelation 20:4 (NASB) Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NASB) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

b. There is the second resurrection

Revelation 20:4 (NASB) Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:5 (NASB) The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:7 (NASB) 7 When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison,

Revelation 20:12 (NASB) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

Daniel 12:2 (NASB) “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

III. OUR BODIES DURING THE INTERMEDIATE STAGE

a. Scriptural teaching of our intermediary body

b. The intermediary for believers

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

Daniel 12:1-2 (NASB) 1 “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. 2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

c. The intermediary for non-believers

Numbers 16:28-30 (NASB) 28 Moses said, “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. 29 “If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 “But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.”

Proverbs 15:24 (NASB) The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

Proverbs 15:24 (KJV) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Genesis 37:35 (NASB) Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.

Genesis 50:1-2 (NASB) 1 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him. 2 Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

Genesis 50:3 (NASB) Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

Genesis 49:33 (NASB) When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

Luke 16:19-20 (NASB) 19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB) 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw* Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

Luke 16:22 (NASB)22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB) 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw* Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (NASB) we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Luke 23:43 NASB And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

2 Corinthians 12:4 NASB I was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Revelation 2:7 NASB ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

IV. OUR BODIES DURING THE ETERNAL STATE

a. We will recognize each other

Mark 9:3-5 (NASB) 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said* to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Luke 16:22-23 (NASB) 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw* Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.

b. We will be able to eat

Revelation 22:2 (NASB) in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

c. We will not suffer

Revelation 21:4 (NASB) and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Revelation 22:3 (NASB) There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it

d. We will serve the Lord

Revelation 22:3 (NASB) There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;

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