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Why do we have to die?

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Because of the resurrection, those in Christ have hope in death.

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Proposition: Because of the resurrection, those in Christ have hope in death.

Because of the resurrection, those in Christ have hope in death.

So we can live eternally with endless joy ( )

- flesh and blood are part of our perishable earthly existence (v. 50)

- cursed by God because of Adam's sin

Genesis 3:17–19 ESV
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

- death continued from Adam to present day and has become part of the human existence

Romans 5:12 ESV
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

- the Kingdom of God only allows the imperishable (v. 50), because this is so, there must be a change

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.”
Rev 21
Revelation 21:27 ESV
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

- When? in a moment (atomos - indivisible flash) at the last trumpet

One sobering Note:

- How? dead raised first, changed bodies join their souls alive in Christ, bodies change

There also will be another resurrection for the unbelievers () Those whose name are not written in the lambs book of life will be judged at the great White Throne

- Who? () Dead in Christ Alive in Christ (in Christ)

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 ESV
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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