Our lesson is from Joshua, Chapter 1, beginning with the fifth verse -- "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give them." Did you notice the words of God, "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee"? If there was ever a subject custom-fit for today’s world, this is it -- "The Never-Failing God."
I think most people are interested in any question that relates to their future life. We’d like to know, if possible, where we go immediately after we die...and we’d like to know whether our friends and loved ones who have crossed over are conscious, and if they are, do they know what we’re doing. Plus, where do the we go immediately after death? Now, some of these questions we can’t answer. There’s nothing revealed in God’s Word that will answer all the questions we have about death and what happens after we die. But God has shared some things with us regarding the afterlife. So, for today’s study, we’re going to examine the Scriptures to see if we can find the answer to the question: “Where are the dead?”
Our lesson today comes from Acts chapter 4, verse 13, where it says, "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." There's a great lesson in that for us today. When others saw the apostles, they knew they had been with Jesus...and that's the topic of today's episode.
Many people say they love the Lord and know that He is their Savior...but when they hear what He expects, they walk away, like a young man did, many, many years ago, after He came to Jesus and asked, "What lack I yet?" Maybe we should be asking the same question, if we expect to go to Heaven. What does the Bible say?