Heaven is A Place of Grand Reunion
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:13–18)
Christians never say a final good-bye; rather, it’s “So long—I’ll see you there.”
Love divine, so great and wondrous,
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime!
Coming from the heart of Jesus,
Just the same through tests of time.
He the pearly gates will open,
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption
And forgave me all my sin.
“He the Pearly Gates Will Open.” Words by Fredrick A. Blom (1917); trans., Nathaniel Carlson.(1930).
From: Geisler, N. L. (2005). Systematic theology, volume four: church, last things (p. 302).
It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Dr. Norman L. Geisler at 2:10am on July the 1st. It followed after a massive stroke. He was my professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the mid-seventies. Blessed with an incredible mind and being a prolific writer, he influenced tens of thousands all over the world. He was one of the most ardent defenders of the Holy Scriptures.
After graduation, he remained a mentor to me and became a very dear friend. I owe more to him than anyone else for teaching me how to do apologetics for the Christian worldview. His death is a loss beyond words.
I am returning home from overseas to speak at the funeral. That request has come from his family as the desire voiced by Dr. Geisler. I am humbled and moved to honor this unique servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for his widow, Barbara, and the rest of the family. I will say more by way of tribute later.
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