who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.1 Thessalonians 5:10(ASV)
There is not one solitary place that we can go to, nor a single state that we can be in that is able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He died that we could be united to Him by faith, and live together with Him, forever. Clearly, the wages of sin is death, and assuredly, we are all sinners deserving of the terrible punishment of death. But when we trusted Christ as Saviour, His sacrificial death redeemed us from the many consequences of sin, death and hell. What assurance to know that Christ died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we will live together with Him.
This is one of a myriad of verses that proclaims the truth of the eternal security of the child of God. This is a secure hope for us, that began the moment we believed; and it is an everlasting assurance that continues forever throughout the eternity of eternities. We have a God-given promise that no matter what happens during our waking consciousness or our sleeping moments we are kept safe in His hands and will live together with Him in the eternal ages to come - for we are in Christ and Christ is in God - and He has promised that nothing and no-one can pluck us from His hands.
Death for the believer is often referred to as sleep. Our physical death is that time in our life when our eternal soul is separated from our physical body. The Bible tells us that the soul that sins shall die, but thanks be to God for we have been redeemed by the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and have been united with Him forever.
At salvation we were positioned in Christ and because we are in Him and are now part of His body, death has lost its cruel sting and no longer can hold us in its icy grip. Because He lives we too shall live, and whether we live or die - whether we wake or sleep, we have an assurance that Christ's death and resurrection has secured for us eternal life - spirit, soul and body. Jesus died for us and rose again so that, whether we wake or sleep - whether we continue to live in this mortal realm or die, we know that we will live together with Christ. What a glorious time when our spirit and soul goes to join the Lord in the heavenly realm, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
God has promised all His children that whether we are awake and facing the challenges of life or experience the inevitable death of our physical bodies, our future with Him is secure. God has purposed that whether we live or die, our future in Christ is an unbreakable guarantee, because the finished work of Calvary paid the price of our salvation in FULL - and God is satisfied in HIM.
Thank You Father that my life is hid with Christ in God and that His finished work is accepted by You on my behalf. Thank You for the assurance that throughout the challenges I face in the daily and nightly round of life, You are with me and dwelling in me. Thank You that even if I am required to face physical death, Your promise remains firm. Praise Your glorious name – in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.