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Salvation for the living and the dead | Week of July 6

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.

From the sermon series: Divine service for the departed

In these verses of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he comforts them over the deaths of their fellow believers.

Our hope is in Jesus Christ – our Savior who was crucified and rose from the dead. This is the knowledge that Paul is pointing the Thessalonians to. For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, then perhaps they feel fear and hopelessness when confronted with their own death or the death of loved ones. But for those who do believe in the Son of God, who overcame death, then we have hope, and we have no reason to be overly sorrowful over the deaths of believers. Of course we will grieve and feel the loss of our brothers and sisters, but we know that one day, we will be reunited with them and Christ.

Journal Prompt: What promises are revealed in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14? Take time this week to memorize these verses, so that in a time of need, you may recall them to bring you comfort or provide it to someone else.

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