Q.- How can I be sure that there is life after death?
A. We can be sure that there is life after death for several reasons
The promise of eternal life is one of the other great an indisputable foundations of the Christian faith.
- The bible teaches it the theme of everlasting life is one that recurs again and again through the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. Also the clear teaching of resurrection (which means bringing something back to life from death) is repeatedly emphasized throughout the Bible.
This teaching is one of the all-important foundation stones of our Christian faith.
Resurrection and eternal life is taught in the old Testament and all the godly men and women lived and died in the hope and expectation of the resurrection from the dead
- Joseph gave instructions regarding his bones being taken from Egypt back to the promised land
- Daniel's vision and prophecy of the end times include the following And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. - Whole Chapter: Daniel 12 In context: Daniel 12:1-3
Job 19:25 - 27
25 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another;
In the New Testament direct link to the promised reward for those who serve God
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
- In the gospel in one verse John 3:16 Jesus himself said - For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life. Here Jesus himself speaks of his believers having everlasting life. It is clear that that life is not the one we live now
- It was part of Gods original design for man In the account of the creation of man in Genesis 2 we find these words: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you must not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you will surely die. It is clear therefore that it was Gods original design for man to live for ever and not die
- It is consistent with the revealed character of God
- Without the resurrection life will have little or no lasting significance. Hear the admonitions of scripture as found in
John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
1Cor 15: 19 - 21 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
- Without the resurrection and eternal life the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ would be pointless. But here is the hope of the believer,
I Thess 4 The dead in Christ shall rise Because he lives we too shall live
1 Corinthians 15:35, 42 - 44, 52
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
2 Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. I Cor 15:26 the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death
1 Corinthians 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
That gift God freely offers to all He says - whosoever believes shall have everlasting life. That is all you and I need to do just believe in His provision through Jesus Christ.
* * *We remind you to search the scriptures like those noble Berean Christians in Acts 17:11 - " to see if these things be so. "
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