I have been reading the bible according to the Professor Horner Reading Plan. Not as diligently as I would like I am sorry to say. I picked up where my trusty bookmarks were and in today’s reading I read Psalm 116.Psalm 116 1 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”; 11 I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.” 12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16 O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Normally, as per the plan, I do not read the notes nor do I read the Theological Notes (longer sections on a particular topic) that are in my Reformed Study Bible.
But today… today I read about the preciousness of the death of the saints in the Lord’s sight.
This was in the notes, “Their deaths, like their lives, are significant and important to God.”
I will not transcribe all the Theological Note: Death and the Intermediate State, but will write this portion:
“At death the souls of believers are made perfect in holiness and enter into the worshiping life of heaven. In a word, they are glorified. Some have not accepted this, but teach instead that there is a purgatorial discipline after death amounting to a further stage of sanctification. In this purgatory the soul is prepared over a period of time, to be purified for the vision of God. This doctrine is not found in the bible. The saints living on earth at Christ’s coming will be perfected morally to be with Him in the moment when their body is transformed (1 Cor. 15:51-54), and it seems that Paul, and the thief on the cross, expected the same admission to God’s presence. Others say that believes pass into a soul-sleep and are unconscious between death and resurrection. The Bible, however, consistently represents the departed as conscious 9Luke 16:22; 23:43; Phil. 1:23; 2 Cor. 5:8; Rev. 6:9-11; 14:13).
In itself to be without the body is a disadvantage; we live through our bodies, and to be without a body is to be limited and impoverished. Paul longs to be ‘clothed’ with the resurrection body, and wants not at all the be ‘unclothed’ (2 cor. 5:4). The resurrection of the body is a distinctive Christian hope confessed by every branch of the church on earth.
Death is decisive for destiny. The Bible does not teach that after death there is another possibility of salvation for the lost (Luke 16:26; Heb. 9:27). After death, both the godly and the ungodly reap what they sowed in this world (Gal. 6:7, 8).”
Two weeks ago, the sermon was about signs to know if you were saved.
These two things, (the sermon and my reading with the theology notes) give me great comfort. I was able to think back on all the signs in my beloved husband’s life that point to his being saved and I know where he is… Alive with Christ.
Alive with Christ
& much beloved
That is the inscription engraved upon his headstone. I should be able to go see it in a couple of weeks.
There is great comfort in sound theology!
Blessings, ~Aunt Mae