Commentary on "The Dead in Christ (1 Thess. 4:1318)"
Day 5: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Rising in Christ (1 Thess. 4:15, 16)
In today’s Sabbath School lesson, the author states the key point of this passage is the order of events when Jesus comes.
The Adventist interpretation of the order of events is this:
The Biblical interpretation of events is this:
Again, there is no problem with what the Bible says. The Adventist belief regarding the body and spirit are what make this passage difficult for Adventists to understand (or need to rearrange the order of events). Understanding the new birth (we have BOTH a body and a spirit) makes this passage easy to interpret. Those who have died before Christ returns are already WITH Him and He brings them back WITH Him. They are reunited with their bodies and all are taken to heaven with Him.
There is no separation from Christ once we have been given new life through the Holy Spirit.
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