Saturday, September 27, 2014

Death - Carpenter Flock teaching notes 14.9.28 AM

I.We teach the bodily resurrection of all men. (John 5:29)  
     A. The saved to eternal life and
     B. The unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
     C. There is no “second chance” to accept Christ after death. (Hebrews 9.27)
     Some force 1 Peter 3:19 and/or 4:6 but both difficult to interpret and there are good alternative interpretations.
II.We teach that
     A. Physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness. (Revelation 6:9-11)
     B. At death, the spirit is separated from the body, and
          1. The spirits of the redeemed.
                a) Immediately depart to be with Christ in conscious joy and delight. (2 Corinthians 5:8;  Philippians 1:21-24)
                b)At the second coming of Christ.
                    (1)  Their bodies shall be raised.
                    (2) The spirits of the redeemed will be reunited to their bodies.
                    (3) Their bodies will be transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory at the first resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 15:35-44, 50-54)
                    (4) They will remain thus in joyful fellowship with our Lord forever. (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
         2. The spirits of all those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life.
                a) They will be kept under conscious punishment until their resurrection. (Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:13-15)  The use of names and specific people indicates that Luke 16:19-26 is not just a parable.
                b) At the resurrection
                    (1) Their spirits and bodies are reunited at the resurrection.
                    (2) They will appear in this state at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20:11-15)
                    (3) They will be cast into the lake of fire. (Matthew 25:41-46)
                          (a) To be cut off from the presence of God.
                          (b) To be punished in a state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment and anguish throughout eternity. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) 

1.  What hope does the Bible give for believers who die?
2. What hope does Genesis 18:25 give us for the tough cases we are uncertain about?
3. In what ways can we show empathy to someone who loses a loved one that gave no evidence of being a believer?
4. What are some things we should not say to someone had a loved one die?

C.A.R.M. - Do people have a second chance to be saved after they die?  by Matt Slick
No, people do not get a second chance after death in order to be saved.  The Bible tells us in Heb. 9:27, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”
There is no place in Scripture that tells us about anyone receiving a second opportunity to receive Christ after he dies. Unfortunately, this is how it will be for countless people.  When they die, they face judgment. This is why the Bible says that now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).
GOTQUESTIONS.COM - Question: "Will there be a second chance for salvation after death?"
Answer: While the idea of a second chance for salvation is appealing, the Bible is clear that death is the end of all chances. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that we die, and then face judgment. So, as long as a person is alive, he has a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. chance to accept Christ and be saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31). Once a person dies, there are no more chances. The idea of purgatory, a place where people go after death to pay for their sins, has no biblical basis, but is rather a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
To understand what happens to nonbelievers after they die, we go to Revelation 20:11-15 which describes the Great White Throne judgment. Here takes place the opening of the books and “the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The books contain all the thoughts and deeds of those being judged, and we know from Romans 3:20 that “by the works of the Law is no flesh justified.” Therefore, all who are judged by their works and thoughts are condemned to hell. Believers in Christ, on the other hand, are not judged by the books of works, but their names are found written in another book—the “Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27). These are the ones who have believed on the Lord Jesus, and they alone will be allowed to enter heaven.
The key to understanding this is the Lamb’s Book of Life. Anyone whose name is written in this book was “saved before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4) by God’s sovereign saving grace to be part of His Son’s bride, the church of Jesus Christ. These people need no “second chance” at salvation because their salvation has been secured by Christ. He chose us, He saved us, and He will keep us saved. Nothing can separate us from Christ (Romans 8:39). Those for whom He died will be saved because Jesus will see to it. He declared “all that the Father has given me will come to me” (John 6:37), and “I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28). For believers, there is no need for a second chance because the first chance is sufficient.
What about those who do not believe? Wouldn’t they repent and believe if they were given a second chance? The answer is no, they would not because their hearts are not changed simply because they die. Their hearts and minds “are at enmity” against God and won’t accept Him even when they see Him face to face. This is evidenced clearly in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. If ever someone should have repented when given a second chance to see clearly the truth, it was the rich man. But although he was in torment in hell, he only asked that Abraham send Lazarus back to earth to warn his brothers so they didn’t have to suffer the same fate. There was no repentance in his heart, only regret for where he found himself. Abraham’s answer says it all: “And he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded, even though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Here we see that the witness of the Scriptures is sufficient for salvation for those who believe it, and no other revelation will bring about salvation to those who do not. No second, third or fourth chances would be enough to turn the heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
Philippians 2:10-11 declares “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” One day, everyone will bow before Jesus and recognize that He is the Lord and Savior. At that point, though, it is too late for salvation. After death, all that remains for the unbeliever is judgment (Revelation 20:14-15). That is why we must trust in Him in this life.

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