Devotions: 1 Thessalonians

A devotion based on 1 Thessalonians 4:14.

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is dealing with a problem that is hard for us to imagine in our modern context. Christians in the early church thought that Jesus would return within a few years, if not within a few months. When that began to stretch out into decades or more, the Thessalonians were concerned about what would happen to Christians who died before Jesus returned. Paul responded by teaching them that it would all be taken care of when Jesus returned. There would be a resurrection of the dead and a transformation of the living so that we can all be with Jesus.

Most Christians expect to spend eternity as a disembodied spirit in heaven. This message is preached in most churches and funeral homes. Unfortunately, that is not biblical teaching. The teaching of the Bible is that our ultimate hope is the resurrection of the body. We will live most of our afterlife with bodies similar to the resurrection body that Jesus received after his resurrection. This is an important truth that should make us look forward to the return of Jesus.

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