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166 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
"That's a shocker!"
1
expressed, further surprised.
"1
thought
1 already
had
etemallife. I'm an IMMORTAL souL."
1 had left church and Sunday school when
1
was eighteen.
But
1
had been brought up in an established and respectable
Christian denomination. 1 became intrigued. 1 had heard the
preacher say, "The Bible says, when we all get to HEAVEN...." 1
chanced toread where Jesus said, "No man hath ascended up to
heaven." And after reading a few more plain biblical statements, 1
began to believe that even the churches TODAY
do
not be/ieve
what
Jesus SAID!
Y
es, fifty-one years ago my mind was
swept clean
of all pre–
vious teaching, suppositions and ideas about things relating to
God.
1
had then
proved
the infallible inspiration of the Bible in its
original writing.
1
was right to believe what God says in His Word.
What
does
the Bib\e
sa~
about life after death? Did
an~one
ever die and then actually
experience
a life
after death
-
and who
could PROVE
IT
and explain to us what that life was like?
The answer is YES. Jesus Christ Himself died and was DEAD.
But He rose from the dead and was seen by MANY - including His
disciples, who had been with Him for three anda halfyears
before
He died, and forty days
after
His resurrection. And they went
about loudly proclaiming that they were eyewitnesses of His LIFE
AFTER DEATH.
In 1 Cor. 15:22-23, you will read: "For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive [after death). But every
man in bis own order. ..."
The fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is the "resurrection
chapter" of the Bible. Its subject is the resurrection to LIFE,
after
death!
But there is in God's Master Plan an
order
-
or succes–
sion - of resurrections.
Continue: "Christ the firstfruits" - this occurred more than
1900 years ago- "afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming.
Then cometh the end ..."(verses 23-24).
Later in this chapter a great deal will be said about the resur–
rection of those "that are Christ's" - Spirit-begotten Christians.
But what ofthe
others?
The same ALL who die in Adam, it says, "in Christ