We will all appear before the judgement of Christ. It’s important to be ready and confident for the meeting with Christ.
Our Cloud of Witnesses
The word rapture doesn’t appear in the Bible. It derives from a Latin word that best represents what the Bible describes as a catching away of the saints. The righteous dead are in the presence of the Lord and are of the cloud of witnesses who are onlookers as we are running this race toward His reward.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwellers in you.
Do You Live in a Tent?
We are not in a permanent body but dwell in a temporary, earthly tabernacle. God promised another permanent house made with sacred, divine hands. We will reside in heaven with Jesus as a member of the family of God.
2 Corinthians 5:1-4
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do Goran being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
God Fixed the Sin Problem
Lucifer was once a member of the family of heaven. He formed a rebellion just as he attempted to cause Adam and Eve to rebel. They repented but brought sin to the world’s generations. God fixed the sin problem by sending His son Jesus to make us of the sons of God.
1 John 3:1-2
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
Earnest in Our Permanent Home
The Spirit of God in us, every time we worship, every time we share His love with someone we are adding to the earnest of the promise of knowing the mercy and kindness that is ours and the promise of being with Him in eternity. We can be confident that what we have now and experience now is temporary.
2 Corinthians 5:5-10
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is god, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: for we walk by faith, not by sight: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether presenter absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.