1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 – “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” “Fallen asleep” is a metaphor for dying. Paul wanted the Thessalonians to be informed about Christ’s return and comforted by the hope of seeing their loved ones again. This was a hope their pagan neighbors did not have. This hope for dead Christians was as certain as the fact of the death and resurrection of Christ. Paul says “God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” The bible indicates that to be absent from our present body is to be present with the Lord Jesus (Cor.5:8, Phil. 1:23). Accordingly, when a Christian dies, it is the body that sleeps; the soul goes to heaven.


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