Bible study update

by Struthers Cumbernauld

Hebrews 11:5
Genesis 5:21

This week in our study we looked at what the bible says about death and what our attitude to it should be.
We discussed that none of us like the idea of pain and suffering but what is beyond in heaven is a lovely thing for those who are Christians to look forward to.
The verse 'O death, where is thy sting?' (1 Corinthians 15:55) was quoted by one of our folks and although there is a pain of separation from our loved ones we know also the joy that they are with Christ. We discussed the fact that there is no fear in death because we go to be with Christ, but a healthy fear that we have done all that we are meant to have done.
There comes a peace and comfort when someone dies because we often sense them going into a glorious realm, a spiritual world, a new life.

We then looked at Philippians 1:21-24 and 2 Corinthians 5:6 and discussed the biblical attitude to death. We should be either happy to go 'home' or stay because both are profitable.
Enoch walked in close fellowship with God and was translated. This happened to Elijah too. We looked at their lives and discussed how they always set God before them. We read they walked with God. The Hebrew word used for Enoch's translation means 'to be taken'. Enoch was preaching and prophesying (Jude 1:14, 15 ). Scripture tells us he was making a stand in a godless environment.
People may have witnessed his removal or his translation, this would have confirmed what he had been saying was true. It prepared the world to believe the account of the great Redeemer as Christ's physical body was also taken from the earth.