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“The Waiting Dead”

Categories: HEAVEN & HELL
     I have a question.  I know the Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Father, but it also says when Jesus comes back that the dead in Christ will rise first.  So, if we have a new body like the Bible says, and we are already present with Christ after death, who is He going to raise if the spirit is already with Him?  Or does the spirit stay with the body until the resurrection?

Sincerely,
Out Of Body Inexperienced

Dear Out Of Body Inexperienced,

When Jesus returns, the dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thess 4:16), and their souls (which are currently in Paradise – Lk 23:43) will be united with their new spiritual bodies (1 Cor 15:51-53).  When we die, our spirit is separated from our bodies (Jas 2:26).  When Jesus returns, we will be given new bodies that will never see corruption.