Q. 37. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?

Author:  We Are Reformed
Date: January 19, 2022

A. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, (1) and do immediately pass into glory; (2) and their bodies, being still united in Christ, (3) do rest in their graves, till the resurrection. (4)

  1. Hebrews 12:23. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. []
  2. Luke 23:43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 2 Corinthians 5:6, 8. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord…. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Philippians 1:23. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. []
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. []
  4. Daniel 12:2. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life,and some to shame and everlasting contempt. John 5:28-29. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in thewhich all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto theresurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Acts 24:15. And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. []
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