I was wondering while reading this chapter: does Paul say that he and the ones he sent the letter to will be alive when Crist comes again?
Many say no, including S. John Chrysostom
“He spake,” says St. Chrysostom, “not of himself, but of Christians who would be alive at the day of judgment.”
Explaining that he sees this being alive as being a member of the body of Christ. Ok, but how does this go together with the next verses, which say:
16 … the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord…
The dead in Christ, who rise first, should be also then seen as alive, right? So to me he really makes the distinction between live and death on this earth, and really means to say he will be alive when Chirst comes again. How do you see it?