I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Our Hope And Comfort.
The resurrection of Jesus gives all saints the hope of a blessed life with Him and his people for all eternity-this is our hope (vv. 13-14 Cf. Lev. 19:28; I Cor. 15:13, 20-23; Eph. 2:12). Those who have already died are with Him in paradise (Lk. 23:43), and as to the resurrection of the body they will rise with new resurrection bodies before those who may be alive at His coming again (vv. 15-16 Cf. I Cor. 15:23, 51-52). “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (v. 17 Cf. Mt. 24:30-31). We should note that Paul says nothing about what will happen after. He does not say that all then go to heaven. It could be that all descend to a new heavens and a new earth. We should also note that he was open to the possibility that he may be alive when this takes places-the point is he did not know the exact day or hour. What he did know, and that which gave him and is to give us all hope and comfort, is that we all shall rise and be together as one for all eternity (v. 17 Cf. Jn. 14:3; 17:24). We will all see our dear departed loved ones in the Lord, for all eternity. “Therefore comfort one another with these words” (v. 18 Cf. 5:11).