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Death of believers

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Believers in Jesus Christ will depart from this present life to the joy of God’s presence.

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Death is a normal experience for believers

Romans 14:8 ESV
For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
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Death can be a blessing

Because of the prospect of heaven

Philippians 1:21–23 ESV
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
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Because it brings relief from trouble and problems

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At death believers are with Christ

They are in his presence

Luke 23:43 ESV
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
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They are safe and secure

The second death is the final banishment of unbelievers from God’s presence.
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They have the prospect of a new order of things

Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
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The defeat of death

Death is vanquished for believers

1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
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Death is to be reversed in resurrection

The death of believers is likened to sleep

Implying rest, renewing and awaking

Sleep does not imply lack of consciousness but rather rest, renewing and awaking. In the NT it is only used of believers.
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Implying peace and comfort

Abraham’s side suggests a welcome to a place of peace and protection.
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Death and the recognition of others

“caught up together” implies recognition.
See also “gathered to his people” (literally “to his father’s kin”) is a common OT expression and implies continued existence together; ; ; ; ;

Believers can face death without fear

They die in relationship with God

Hebrews 2:14–15 ESV
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
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They die trusting the Lord

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They receive comfort in facing death

John 11:25–26 ESV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
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In death they can glorify God

Philippians 1:20

In this believers are to be envied

Numbers 23:10 ESV
Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!”

Believers often hated the idea of death

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Martyred believers are specially honoured in Scripture

Revelation 12:11 ESV
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
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