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The hope of immortality and eternal life is as old as the history of man. The religion of every country contains elements of the hope of a life beyond this one. Job, in probably the oldest writing in the Bible, asks, "If a man die, shall he live again?" and then by inspiration answers the question, "All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee" (Job 14:14, 15). The great apostle Paul was writing to the Thessalonians upon the duties and responsibilities of a holy life, relative to our duty to God and our fellow man, when, in answer to their questioning concerning the future life and its possibilities, which I infer was mingled with certain doubts and fears, he leaves his subject in hand in verse 12 (1 Thessalonians 4) and in verse 13 begins a line of discussion relative to the question of meeting our loved ones beyond the grave. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, bretheren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him...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; then we which are alive and remain whall 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." Genuine faith contains no element of uncertainty, and so we believe, as the great apostle has taught us, that those who have died in Christ, God will bring with him, and that we all, who are saved, shall be together forevermore.

That troublesone question of a home beyond the grave is forever settled in the words of the Master in John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." If the promise of a life beyond this present one had been a myth, or tradition, instead of a fact, Christ would have told them so; but he positively stated that their hopes were based upon truth, insomuch that he told them to give it no more anxious thought.
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