When my buddy died, the verse on the little piece of paper was:
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
All I can think about here is the last line: The dead in CHRIST shall rise FIRST. That means that Everyone comes back. Every single person comes back at some point. Regardless of what they think and what the believe. That is not mine to discuss or mine to believe. Just the way that it is.
Many times we get caught up in the idea that some people are going to Hell and that others are Not, but the most important thing to remember is that everyone comes back. There’s going to be a period in between the final judgement and tough decisions that have to follow when there is time to think. Do you think that Christ was never there and then told the disciples and followers “Unless you people see signs and wonders you will never believe?”
That doesn’t absolve us of the job and frankly going out and witnessing the Gospel requires me just talking to God and bing able to win follwers and friends which is half the fun of living. The mental battle of what you can convince other people to do and how convincing you can be when you open up to the power of God made manifest can be astounding.
Not that and kind of bragging is going on here because that kind of divine inspiration dwells at the fingertips of our own understanding?
The Holy Spirit.