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Billy Graham tells a story--a simple illustration--that I want to borrow. A preacher once passed a shop which was no longer open for business. A sign hung in the window that said, "Closed for Alterations." The owner had closed shop for a while in order to remodel the store. After a period of time he reopened the business with many changes and improvements.

This, Graham says, is a picture of the death of the believer. He moves out of his body temporarily until it has been repaired, then, at the resurrection, the inward man will move into his renewed--spiritual--glorified body.

(From a sermon by John Putty, The Rapture of the Church, 4/14/2011)

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