During the spring term, Dr. Cornelis P. Venema taught an evening class at the seminary on the topic, “What Happens After I Die?” While this topic may strike some as a little uninviting, no topic is of greater importance or more obvious interest. After all, though it may be said that “nothing is more certain than death and taxes,” the truth is—taxes are avoidable but death is not (cf. Heb. 9:27). A vital part of the comfort that believers enjoy in union with Christ, is the confidence of victory over sin and death (1 Cor. 15:54-56). The Scripture’s teaching regarding the believer’s hope for the future is a subject of vital and perennial interest.
Dr. Venema’s class met on March (5, 12, 19, 26) at 7:30 p.m. The four sessions addressed such questions as: What becomes of the believer who “falls asleep” in Christ in the state intermediate between death and the future resurrection of the body? How are we to understand the “resurrection of the body?” Does the Bible teach that those who are unbelieving and impenitent will be eternally punished in hell? What will everlasting life be like in the “new heavens and earth?”
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