The Intermediate State

Hi everyone,
Following the sermon on Sunday on “the Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke 16 v 19ff) several have wanted to talk further on the subject of “The Intermediate State” which is a newish concept for a some.
Thanks to those who have made comments – it is always encouraging to know that people are engaging with the content of a sermon.
I recommend real caution when looking at stuff on the internet – there is some real flaky stuff out there! But John Piper’s “Desiring God” website is excellent. Here are a couple of helpful entries on the subject:
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-do-you-believe-about-the-intermediate-state
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-happens-at-death
..and  there’s always Wayne! For those of you who have access to it Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology, chapter 41, “Death and the Intermediate State” is, as always, superb.
And, as always, as some have already done, get in touch with me if you want to talk further. If anyone wants to hear the talk again or to look at my notes, thanks to the wonders of our IT department (thanks Ben), here it is:
http://www.poolechristianfellowship.org/what-happens-when-we-die-john-macdiarmid
The phrase “the intermediate state” is a little cold and clinical sounding – I prefer what Paul says: “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God”. Let’s let our hearts be gripped by the glorious reality that awaits those who trust Jesus.
Yours in our shared hope
John
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