|Staying in the Word|
Chapter Four, Lesson Three
COMFORTING BEHAVIOR Page
** While Christians can grieve the loss of a loved one, simply because they will miss them, they should not grieve as those "who have no hope". Who are they?
V.14 ** What cause for hope does Paul give to the Thessalonians regarding those Christians who had died?
** What does the phrase "died in Jesus" mean, who are these people?
V.15 ** It was wonderful news to hear that even the dead in Christ would be with Him at His Second Coming, but how was that going to happen? What needed to take place first?
** As Paul begins his instruction on the critical issue, from where does he get his information?
** In all four of the gospel records, you will not find Jesus teaching on this specific subject. So how can Paul say this is the "word of the Lord"?
Verses 15-17 are describing for the Thessalonians (and us as well) an event known theologically as "The Rapture". Let's compare that event with the Second Coming of Christ.
The Rapture - Read 1Thessalonians 4:15-17