It is a proven fact that men can be wrong in what they say and believe. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle called death ‘the things to be feared most.’ He said this because to him death ‘appears to be the end of every-thing.” We know that death certainly is not the end of everything. There is life beyond the grave.
In that same vein, it is said that when Socrates, the renowned Greek philosopher, drank the poison hemlock and lay down to die, he was asked by his friends, “Shall we live again?” The reply of Socrates was, “I hope so, but no man can know.” In Job 14:14, Job asked the same question, “Shall we live again?”, and the answer he gave is far different than what Socrates had given. Socrates hoped that he would live again. Job said that he would live again. Socrates faced death with anxiety. Job faced death with assurance. Socrates was uncertain that he would live again. Job was certain that he would live again. Job 14:14 – If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.
Consider something else Job said in anticipation of life after death. Job 19: 25-27 – I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns with me! That sounds like Job was anticipating living again and having a renewed body.
In the New Testament it is the apostle John who gives us assurance of eternal life. 1 John 5:13 – I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Each of us can have the assurance that we will live again after we die and that we will live forever. This assurance is found only in having Jesus Christ as our Savior. Jesus came to earth to die for our sins so we can be with him forever. How can you answer today the question, ‘shall we live again?’