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Manifesting John 8:51 in the flesh!

What did the apostle Paul mean when he said, “we shall not all sleep?” (1st Corinthians 15:51)

The process of using the scriptures to define the scriptures is an excellent way to avoid the tides of human opinion. In the book of Acts a disciple named Stephen was stoned to death. The biblical description of his physical demise reads as follows;  Acts 7:59 “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” 

Physical death is described as “fell asleep” in this biblical account of Stephen’s death by stoning. In 1st Corinthians, Paul confirms the description of death in regards to born-again believers as falling asleep. (1st Corinthians Chapter 15, New International Version 1984)  verses: 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep21 For since death came through a man; the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

This testimony makes it perfectly clear that the term sleep denotes physical death. Conversely, by using scriptures to define scriptures, the opening statement quoted from apostle Paul, “we shall not all sleep,” simply means everybody is not going to die. Subsequently, the old cliche’ of “everybody has to go sometime” is not biblically accurate, and could be determined as a derogatory lie. What do you suppose? Nevertheless,  the challenge remains, how does one become a member of the group which “shall not sleep?” 


Throughout the New Testament the death of born-again believers is described as “falling asleep.” In subsequent posts we will explore the reason for this new designation of death in regards to those who belong to Christ.

I challenge you to “physically” live and never die, just like me!

A wise man once said, “What good is it to have everything you want and then you die?” Does that sound familiar? More importantly, can you agree with that statement? If so, it is very likely that you will be victorious in “The Challenge of Your Life.” Welcome to Literal Gospel, hosted by Elders Rod and Geneva.  We literally do not want you to die, because someone has already died in your place.

The opening quote is located in the Bible @ Matthew 16:26. This profound statement does not require religious belief, only good common sense and a honest heart. Other variations of this statement read; “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (New Living Translation, 2007); “What good will it do for people to win the whole world and lose their lives? Or what will a person give in exchange for life?” (God’s Word Translation, 1995). No matter how it is said, what can you do about it? How can people not lose their lives?

Suppose physical longevity required more than good nutrition and exercise? I owe it to myself to investigate whatever elements are necessary to sustain my body for as long as possible. Literal Gospel is a collaborative site where everyone can share their views on the value of life, and feel free to share questions and answers on the subject that touches us all. Staying alive!

The Gospel is literally filled with profound statements which have perplexed civilization since the days of antiquity until the present. Without a doubt, the ability to discern the difference between parables and commandments in the scriptures, is a matter of life or death. Simply put, the missing element in obtaining physical longevity, is the ability to understand the instruction manual of life aka The Bible.

Jesus Christ lived a life adorned with miracles and astounding events. He clearly states that the power of living life without death is hidden within the words he left behind. Do you suppose this power is the key to physical immortality, here and now? What does John 8:51 mean to you? Since Jesus never lied or exaggerated,  do you suppose he meant what he said in John 8:51 literally? We do!