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05-13-18, 2 Corinthians 5;1-8, What Happens Immediately After We Die

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05-13-18, 2 Corinthians 5;1-8, What Happens Immediately After We Die

  1. 1. May 13, 2018 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 Paul answers the question, “What Happens Immediately After We Die?”
  2. 2. What’s the number one thing? http://quotesthoughtsrandom.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/first-things-first.jpg
  3. 3. The Glory of God! https://forgodalmighty.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/cropped-sunset1.jpg
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6tzRiT-BrDs/TIGM_Ih3dAI/AAAAAAAAAX0/0AJWPvlAfqw/s640/Gods+Glory.jpg
  5. 5. May Memory Verse Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  6. 6. Pray for the Pastor Search Committee • Doug Gunn, Chairman (PastorSearchCommittee@FBCJ.org) • Lenora Bigler • Dottie Hudson • David Maron • Jim Merritt, Jr. • Elizabeth Rich • Mallory Rosamond • Don Waller • Jeff Zachary
  7. 7. Pray for the FBCJ Leadership Committee • Stacy Davidson • Kelly Crawford • Clay Hays • Art Stevens • David Maron • Beverly Shelton • David Gibbs • Sherry Stegall
  8. 8. References •Barker, Kenneth, The NIV Study Bible, (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1985). •MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Study Bible (Nashville, Word Publishing, 1997). •The ESV Study Bible, (Wheaton, IL, Crossway, 2011). •Smith, Collin, Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; UnlockingtheBible.org., Available on YouTube.
  9. 9. Lesson Summary for Sleepy Folks 1. What is death? 2. What lies immediately beyond death? A. After death, believers are at home with the Lord. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. C. After death, believers anticipate the Rapture. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence?
  10. 10. Introduction to 2 Corinthians 5 •Paul has explained in Chapter 4 that even if we face the threat of death in sharing the gospel and have troubles in life, we do not give up hope (lose heart). •God has brought believers from darkness to light. •God has put the image of Christ in believers through the Holy Spirit.
  11. 11. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. • Paul will now tell us about that unseen eternal glory.
  12. 12. 2 Corinthians 5:1-3 NKJV 1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
  13. 13. 2 Corinthians 5:4-5 NKJV 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
  14. 14. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 NKJV 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. •Verse 8 is often paraphrased as, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
  15. 15. 1. What is death? •Genesis 2:7 NKJV 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. •The body and the soul were joined when God gave man the breath of life. •Death is a temporary separation of the soul from the body.
  16. 16. The First Death in the Bible •Genesis 3:21 NKJV 21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. •The first physical death was an animal. •This was a shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute (Jesus) to redeem sinners. •The first human death was Abel who was killed by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:8).
  17. 17. Death •Death is the undoing of our nature – separating the body and the soul. •This is why death is considered the enemy. •Death will be the last enemy to be destroyed. •Until Christ comes (Rapture), we all will go through it. •Death is the last effects of sin for the believer.
  18. 18. Descriptions of Death Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it. • All of these actions portray death as tragic and irreversible.
  19. 19. What does the “soul” give to the body? •The soul gives “life” to the body. •The soul and the body were made for each other. •A dead body does not have life because it has no soul.
  20. 20. Clarification •The place we will talk about today is called “heaven”, and that is where we will go immediately after death. •The new heaven and the new earth in Revelation 21 is where we will reside in our glorified bodies for Eternity Future after the last judgments.
  21. 21. Death is a temporary separation of the soul from the body. •Temporary means until the Rapture. •At the Rapture (our resurrection) Jesus creates a resurrected imperishable body from the dust. •Christ will clothe your soul with a body that is adapted for everlasting life at the Rapture (our resurrection). •The soul will not have a body after death until the Rapture or resurrection, but the soul will be in heaven.
  22. 22. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 NIV 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
  23. 23. 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 NIV 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" • When the believer experiences death, he or she has now conquered sin. • Death does not sting – it ushers us into heaven.
  24. 24. 2. What happens to the believer immediately after death? 2 Corinthians 5:1 & 8 NIV 1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
  25. 25. A. After death, believers are at home with the Lord. •Believers are immediately in heaven after death. •When we die we move from a tent to a house made by God. •We are not downsizing, we are upgrading. •“Homegoing” – Going home to Christ.
  26. 26. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •Philippians 1:23 NIV 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; •“consciously” – we will be aware of the heavenly surroundings. •Soul Sleep – No Biblical basis for a state of suspension or hibernation. •Falling Asleep – a Biblical reference to death of the body and not the soul.
  27. 27. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •2 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. •The Holy Spirit comes to you at salvation and gives you life and then escorts you to heaven at death. •God gives the Holy Spirit as a guarantee (payment) to feel His presence.
  28. 28. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •Heaven will be a place of joy – Praising God. •There is no suffering after death. •Those in heaven would not return to earth, even if given the opportunity. •We can be comforted by this fact! •They are “better off” than we are.
  29. 29. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •We do not get our glorified bodies until the rapture. •At this interim stage, we will not have a body but exist as a soul. •This is difficult for us to imagine since we experience earthly life through our bodies. •We do not become angels, even though angels do not have bodies (can take a bodily form for a purpose).
  30. 30. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •Again, we do not become angels but could have a spirit form like angels. •Angels rejoice over those coming to salvation – so we probably will know and rejoice over those we have prayed for while on earth (Luke 15:10). •We will not be concerned by observing things on earth – we will have far better things to do.
  31. 31. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •When good news of eternal consequence is announced in heaven, God will communicate that to those for whom you loved and prayed for. •We will know family and others in heaven. •2 Samuel 12:23 NKJV 23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” •King David referring to his dead son.
  32. 32. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. •Quote by Richard Baxter: “Angels will be their convoy, Christ will be their company, Heaven will be their home, and God will be their happiness”
  33. 33. B. After death, believers consciously enjoy the life of heaven. • What happens to unbelievers at death? • The opposite of Heaven! • Jesus’ Parable of the Lazarus and the Rich Man • Luke 16:22-24 NKJV 22 "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'"
  34. 34. C. After death, believers anticipate the rapture (resurrection). (Richard Baxter) •What will we be doing at this interim stop in heaven? 1. Worship – Worshipping our Christ. 2. Wonder – We do not have all questions answered; How long? 3. Wait – Perfectly happy waiting for the rapture. 4. Time – We have a past we remember, a present we enjoy and a future to anticipate.
  35. 35. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? •2 Corinthians 5:5-6 NKJV 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. •God himself has prepared you for this step. •God will provide the grace you need at the right moment.
  36. 36. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? •God has been preparing you to be with Him ever since He created you. •God prepared you by sending Christ to take away your sins and reconcile you to Him. •The Holy Spirit has never left you and is making you into the image of Christ.
  37. 37. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? •Rev. Dennis Daniels’ Thoughts from Experiences with the Dying: •God prepares us for death by helping us face the fears of the unknown. •In our last days, God thins the veil that separates us from heaven, and we can often see our loved ones waiting for us. •God gives us a longing to leave the earth and go to heaven.
  38. 38. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? •Forget what you have done or failed to do for Christ. •Your entrance into heaven does not depend on what you have done for Christ, but what Christ has done for you. •Satan will want you to focus on your inadequacies and failures in life. •Don’t look back at the life you lived for Christ but look at the life Christ lived for you.
  39. 39. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? • Remember Unshakable Promises. • John 10:28-30 NKJV 28 "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and My Father are one." • Psalm 23:4 NKJV 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
  40. 40. 3. How can a believer face death with confidence? • Paul has now painted us a picture of the unseen things which are eternal • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  41. 41. Next Sunday 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 Our Motivation to Live a Life Pleasing to God (The Judgment Seat of Christ) May 20, 2018 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  42. 42. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  43. 43. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sin. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the “second death” explained in Revelation 21:8.
  44. 44. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  45. 45. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” • Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be overcomers.
  46. 46. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
  47. 47. The Plan of Hope & Salvation: Have questions or would like to know more? Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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