"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." 1 Thess. 4:13.
2. What is set forth as the basis for hope and comfort?
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep, in Jesus will God bring with Him." Verse 14.
3. When will this resurrection of the saints take place?
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are
asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first." Verses 15,16.
4. What will then take place?
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Verse
5. With what are we to comfort one another?
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words." Verse 18.
NOTE.-The hope of a resurrection from the dead to a life immortal is the great hope set
forth in the gospel.
6. Concerning what did Christ tell us not to marvel?
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of
damnation." John 5:28,29.
7. What is said of those embraced in the first resurrection?
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the
second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall
reign with Him a thousand years." Rev. 20:6.
8. Upon what one fact does Paul base the Christian hope?
"Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that
there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then
is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have
testified of God that He raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the
dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be
not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. Then they also which are
fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men most miserable." 1 Cor. 15:12-19.
9. What positive declaration does the apostle then make?