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One receives everlasting life the moment one accepts Christ as Savior. See John 5:24; 3:36; 4:14.

Everlasting life is the life and character of Christ imparted to the believer and manifested during the Christian's earthly existence. See 1 John 5:11, 12. But this privilege does not exempt one from death in this mortal dispensation. See Rev. 14:13.

Even the righteous dead remain in their graves until Christ resurrects them at His coming. See John 5:25-29. "These all [e.g.. Abel. Noah, Jacob, Sarah. Abraham, etc.] died in faith, not having received the promises. but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them." Heb. 11:13.

Though Christians are subject to the sleep of death, they die in Christ, and are exempt from the finality of the second death. See John 11:25, 26; 8:51, 52; cf. Rev. 2: 10, 11. When Christ awakens His people at His coming. they receive glorified. immortal bodies suited to the privileges of everlasting life, received through the gospel. See Luke 18:29, 30; 1 Cor. 15:22, 23.

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