Welcome to Chapter 21 of Journey through the Scriptures. In this chapter we delve into a topic that has captivated the hearts and minds of believers throughout the ages—the catching away of the Church, often called the rapture. The apostle Paul provides us with valuable insights and encouragement in his writings to the Thessalonians and Corinthians. Let us explore the truths contained within these passages and discover the hope that lies before us.
Firstly, we turn to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, where Paul unveils the extraordinary event of the rapture. He assures the believers that those who have fallen asleep in Christ, or passed away before his coming, will not be left behind but will rise first. Then, the living believers will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. This is a moment of divine intervention when the Church is united with Christ, ushering us into the glorious realm of His presence.
Building upon this, we delve into 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, where Paul further expounds on the transformation that will take place during the rapture. He reveals a mystery: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Our mortal bodies will be clothed with immortality, and our perishable bodies will be replaced with imperishable ones. This incredible transformation is the culmination of our redemption and the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people.
As we explore the catching away of the Church, we are reminded of the vital importance of living in readiness. The imminent return of our Lord compels us to live with a sense of urgency, constantly vigilant and prepared for His coming. This includes a commitment to holiness, diligent study of God’s Word, fervent prayer, and faithful service. We are encouraged not to grow weary in well-doing, for our labor in the Lord is not in vain.
In the next chapter, we will delve into the nature and purpose of the Church. We will explore the significance of fellowship, worship, and discipleship within the body of Christ. Additionally, we will delve into the role of spiritual gifts and the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. May our hearts be open to receive these teachings, that we may grow in our understanding and walk in alignment with God’s divine plan for His Church.
Let us continue on this journey of faith, eagerly anticipating the glorious future that awaits us as we remain steadfast in our hope, living as the Church, and abiding in the power and presence of the Holy Ghost. May the Lord guide us and strengthen us as we press on toward the high calling in Christ Jesus.