Where are the Dead?
by Pat McIntosh
This question is met with confusion, numerous other questions and often disagreement between
parties discussing it. One reason this is so is because of the complicated nature of the topic of
“the afterlife.” There are numerous passages giving us glimpses, but there is little concrete
information from which to determine our answers.
There are several things that we can know. We know that the body and the spirit are divided for a
time (James 2:26). Upon Jesus’ return there will be a resurrection and a reuniting of body and
spirit for those who are “in Christ” (1 Cor. 15:16-19). We also know that a change will then
occur “in the twinkling of an eye” and we will receive an incorruptible body (1 Cor. 15:50-54).
No, we do not know what that form will be, but it will be glorious. We know that one’s eternal
destination is fixed upon their death. The rich man was told of a great gulf that was fixed,
preventing “crossing over” from one side to the other (Lk. 16:26). This tells us that there will be
no “second chances” offered upon our demise.
There is an important question for which all should seek the answer that is provided by God. We
are told that it will be beautiful beyond compare. We are told of the peace and comfort of that
home with God. The question all must ask is “How?” This question refers to how we can attain
that dwelling place for eternity. God has told us clearly how to become a Christian (hear, believe,
repent, confess and be baptized). He has also told us of the importance of so living as to remain
faithful upon being added to the church (Rev. 2:10). May we realize the eternal ramifications of
our choices this side of the grave. May we strive to do His will and receive the greatest treasure:
a home with Him for eternity.
A.M. Sermon: Where are the Dead?
- Death Defined (James 2:26)
- Two Unique Situations: Elijah and Enoch (2 Kgs. 2:11; Heb. 11:5; Jno. 3:13)
- The Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:19-23)
- Conclusions Drawn (Lk. 12:15; Heb. 9:27; 1 Cor. 15:56-58; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 21:27; 2 Pet.
1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
P.M. Sermon: NT Survey – 2 Thessalonians (1)