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5) “We shall not all sleep” simply means that not all Christians will taste of death. Paul included himself, not knowing when the end will come: for ‘no one knows when the actual day of the end is, save the Father’. “But we shall all be changed,” he concluded, in 1Corinthians 15:51, meaning that when Jesus shows up to receive the Bride, even His Body, the Church, every Christian (born again) will be given a new body to befit his celestial citizenship. This is the secret even the philosophical minded Greek did not know. Concerning death, the true Christian remains much unperturbed. Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” As a living entity, the Christian lives to preach the Way, Truth and the Life –of Jesus, the Saviour. At his earthly cessation of life, he is never a loser; he is going to be with his Lord, Saviour and God who made the promise of John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Throw or toss the deciding coin of fate; and, head or tail, the true born again Christian will never lose! Amen.
The worst that can happen to a careless Christian is found here in: 1Corinthians 3:14-15, “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” One begins to work for the Kingdom of God only after one is born again, and never before. The work of the Christian can be hay, wood or stubble, each of which is unacceptable in the heavenly assizes.
Those tried by fire of judgment burn up to ashes: of worthlessness. Good works acceptable are gold, silver and other precious stones, which when tried by the same fire, come forth most purified, handed back to the good worker, to determine his hierarchy among fellow children of God, before the Lord God. This is what really ensures one’s heavenly citizenship. A born-again person becomes four.
Four is the number of creation. As a tripartite being, at the spiritual regeneration, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell permanently with you: making four; and this can be said to be one of the reasons why a born again Christian is a new creature [2Corinthians 5:17]. The unregenerate remains three, believing the deceptive sermons of Satanism, telling you that you are god: your own god. Your tripartite nature makes you a trinity: a god as well. The irreconcilable predicament will come and stare guiltily at you when death comes calling. Your body must be dropped; it cannot accompany you to the afterlife. So, you are actually two, not three of the Divinity. You cannot be your own mediator; it is not allowed in the heavenly assizes. You cannot be your own witness. Empyreal impossibility. You will be guilty as divinely charged!
Let us make an observation of the born again Christian. At the cessation of earthly life, he inevitably drops his cadaverous body, leaving the terra firma not two, but three. His soul and spirit plus the indwelling Holy Spirit of the Divinity make him three. He has a Witness, God the Holy Spirit, the Third Member of the Godhead is the Witness that the unregenerate cannot present before the thrice holy God. Jesus, seeing the Holy Spirit is very ready to be his Mediator: for Jesus is the only recognised Mediator between God and men. The Eternal Father beholds those coming before Him having His Spirit dwelling in them and immediately welcomes them, “Welcome, my heirs, into my Kingdom of your abode.” Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you are not truly born again.
Whether you own a reward of celestial elevation or not, as long as you did, truly receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, the Bible is quite unequivocal about your empyreal stance, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved! QED! “Ye must be born again,” Jesus made the asseveration.
Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”