by the look on my face that I was setting her up. “That’s not right, is it?” Actually…
. Not exactly. That’s what I was
, that may be what
were taught, that’s whatgets preached at most of the funerals I go to, it’s what’s in the books I’ve bought on howto teach your children about death. But no…that’s not the full and final truth. At least,that’s not what the Bible says.But if we don’t just go straight to heaven and live there forever, what does theBible say will ultimately happen to believers? What is our final destination? Here’s asampling. Romans 6:4-5—“
Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a deathlike his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his
.” Revelationand John
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and thelast. I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever; Because I live, you also will live
.” 1 Thessalonians: “
The Lord himself will come down from heaven…and the dead inChrist will rise first.
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in hisdeath, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
” Romans 8:11—“
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
In John 5 Jesus says, “
A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear [the Son of God’s] voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise tolive, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Do you hear the promise God has in store for you? You’ve got a new body on the way! You’re notwaiting to throw off this nasty body so God can take your soul up into the sky! No, your whole self—mind, body, soul—will be redeemed. Because Jesus was raised from thedead—mind, body, soul,
—you will be, too.
And just like Jesus, you’ll beraised in a body that looks like the body you have now, but is no longer subject to diseaseand decay—it’s incorruptible, imperishable, a spiritual body.
At the resurrection you