Today Paul encourages those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The message is designed to bring comfort regarding those who have died, or as Paul terms it, have “fallen asleep” in Christ. Those who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving salvation by grace through faith in Him – they have reserved themselves a resurrection of their own at the command of Christ. There will come a day when Jesus will come down from heaven and call to life all those who have died believing in Him. They are not lost, and they are not suffering in the meantime. God has a perfect memory, and not one who has faith in Christ will be forgotten – not even one.