The precious old song expresses our hope correctly– "This is a sweet and glorious tho't that comes to me, I'll live on, yes, I'll live on." Marvelously profound is the thought that this life is not all there is; death is no ‘dead-
WHAT ABOUT THOSE TO SLEEP
The word sleep (koimomenon) is from the root koimao, meaning "to put to sleep" (I Thessalonians 4:13). "Cemetery" (koimeterion) means a "place of sleep." This gentile figure for death was used by the Lord regarding Lazarus (John 11:11-
DEATH IS NOT "SOUL SLEEPING"
Those who sleep in Jesus are not extinct, annihilated. Was the "dead" prodigal son annihilated while he fed hogs (Luke 15:24)? Just as a sleeper continues to exist while his body sleeps, the dead continues; he is simply in a place separate from his body, which is resting in the grave, sleeping as at the end of a hard day of toil (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
DEATH IS NOT UNCONSCIOUSNESS
The immortal nature of slain saints (souls) cried out to the Lord (Revelation 6:6-
DEATH'S SLEEP IS TEMPORARY
One generally does not sleep for an extended length of time; it is but a brief suspension of the work and struggles of life. Further, one awakens from sleep; likewise, the body will be awakened by the resurrection, with great glory (I Corinthians 15:55-
THE CHRISTIAN'S HOPE IS SOLID
Since we believe Christ arose, based on the inspired, solid testimony of competent witnesses (Romans 18:17), we know that Christ is coming back to raise the dead, accompanied by their very spirits (John 5:28,29; 14:1-
Curtis A. Cates, former Director of the Memphis School of Preaching, now deceased.