Thursday, April 08, 2010

Rapture of the Living Believer


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Rapture of the Living Believer

From the writings of Sumner Wemp

The rapture of the living believers, you and me!?


"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed " 1 Cor:15:51.
Mystery not mysterious

A mystery in Scripture is something that has been a secret or not known before but is revealed now.
We shall not all sleep

What an awesome announcement. Some of us, hopefully you and I will be in this group, will never die. Enoch and Elijah went to heaven without dying. All of the believers who are alive at the rapture, when Jesus comes, will go to heaven alive, without dying. I truly expect the Lord Jesus to come while I am alive. 1 Jn. 3:2 is my life verse.
Our body shall be changed

" For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself" Phil 3:21.
Flesh and blood

"Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable" 1 Cor 15:50. "The life of the flesh is in the blood" Lev. 17:11. Flesh and blood is perishable and not suited for heaven and eternity. It is a "terrestrial body" and we need a "celestial body" for heaven Vs. 40-44. "A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have" said Jesus vs. 39. He had no blood, He shed it at Calvary to cleanse us from our sins. We wont have any blood in eternity for we will have a new, "celestial body."
No more tears

"My bifocals fit me dandy, my false teeth fit me fine. My hearing aids come in handy, but I sure do miss my mind." Most of us senior can relate to that poem and long for that new body. Praise God, there will be no more sickness, no more sorrows. No more tears no more torments. No more sadness, no more madness. "What a day that will be, when my Jesus I do see" and be "like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" 1 John 3:2.
No more death

"For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality" Vs. 53. I have been to Egypt and seen the mummies, thousands of years old and to Rome and seen in the catacombs the dust of bodies buried there. Thank God the believers body will be fashioned like to His glorious body with all the ramifications of His body.
No more sin

"We will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is" 1 John 3:2. Dr. Walvoord points out "We are going to be like Him, that is, that we will be without sin and will be able to stand comfortably in the presence of the holy God because Christ, when He appears, will appear to us and we will see His glory" Titus 2:13. This old sin nature is tied to this natural body and we will have the new spiritual body. There will be no more urges to sin. We can all shout about that.
O dear people, we need to bask in the glow and glory of the future. This "blessed hope" Titus 2:13, this "comforting hope" 1 Thes. 3:18, "this transforming hope" 1 Cor 15:51 will carry you through to victory no matter what ever befalls you. "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ " 1 Cor.15:57. "Think on these things" Phil 4:8.
Prayer:  Father, bless the dear one reading this right now who is discouraged, diseased or downhearted and lift their eyes and hearts to see their glorious future in Christ. In Jesus name.
And I love you, all because the Lord Jesus suffered and died for our sins, paid our debt in full and rose again so we can be forgiven and go to heaven, sumner. Do you believe in that alone for your salvation? Believe and pray to receive Him as your Savior right now. "He that has the Son, has life"

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