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To be Absent from the Body - by Michael Phillips
A String of Pearls - Part 10 of 14
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1 Corinthians 15:55
Jan 28, 2004 pm - Three months ago we began to study a long Puritan sermon called A String of Pearls or the Best Things Reserved Till Last. The preacher is Thomas Brooks. The topic is what God has for use when they die. Death is bad and we must never pretend it isn't. But for believers in Christ, it is not only bad. When we die, we don't go to hell or to purgatory or even to sleep. We go to heaven. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, which is far better". We've all read these words, but I wonder how many of us believe them? Are we afraid to die? I am. And I suspect you are too. But we shouldn't be. Near the end of his sermon, the old preacher tells us why we must not fear death. "I beseech you, Christians, tell me, can death dissolve that glorious union that is between you and Christ?" "Union with Christ" may be the central doctrine of the New Testament. At the Incarnation, God joined us and by faith we join Him. The joining is not a loose partnership, but a merging of identities. Paul often says we are in Christ and that Christ is in us. Galatians 2:20 is the most striking summary: "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me and the ... More >>>

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