Category Archives: Resurrection

COHEIRS AND BRETHREN

The covenant with Abraham is fulfilled in Jesus, the heir, including the promised inheritance of land in the New Creation – Romans 8:1-23. 

The Apostle Paul presents Abraham as the great exemplar of faith, the model for all who would live from faith. God counted his faith as “righteousness” while he was still uncircumcised, and thus, justified him apart from the “works of the Law.” Consequently, Abraham became the father of everyone who is “from faith,” both Jew and Gentile, and the “heir of the world.”

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FUTURE GLORY

In the first half of his letter to the Romans, Paul presented the “gospel,” which is the “power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek.” In His Son, God provided salvation through the “faith of Jesus Christ” for every man and woman who responds in faith, whether Jew or Gentile. Death passed from Adam to every man, both “within the law” and “apart from the law,” because “all sinned and lack the glory of God.”

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CHRIST CRUCIFIED – TRUE SPIRITUALITY

Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually discerned” – (1 Corinthians 2:14).

How many times have we had this passage quoted to us? Why, only those who are “spiritually minded” can hope to understand the things of God! Your spirit must be in synch with His Spirit to perceive what He is doing! Or words to that effect. But is that what Paul is saying in this passage?

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ORDER OF FINAL EVENTS

In explaining the future resurrection, Paul lists the key events that will precede or coincide with the arrival of Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul outlined the sequence of events that would occur at or prior to the “arrival” or parousia of Jesus. ‘Parousia’ is one of several Greek terms applied by the Apostle to the “coming” of Jesus, and he always did so in the singular number. Regardless of which term he used, he always spoke of one “coming,” “revelation,” or “appearance” of Jesus, and only one.

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RAPTURE IN REVELATION?

SYNOPSIS – The doctrine of the “rapture” is not found in the book of Revelation and must be imported into it – Revelation 4:1-2

The “rapture” refers to an interpretation in which Jesus rescues his church from tribulation by removing it from the earth and transporting it to heaven. A basic problem with this proposition is that the New Testament never uses the term “rapture” or explicitly describes a day when the Lord takes the saints off the earth to transfer them to “heaven.” The doctrine relies on passages where the idea is, at best, implicit.

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RESURRECTION OR REMOVAL?

Is the hope of the church the bodily resurrection at the Parousia, or its removal from the present spacetime continuum? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

The New Testament never describes a day when believers are removed collectively from the earth and transported to a nonphysical dimension outside the spacetime continuum. In fact, in Scripture, individual salvation is actualized at the bodily resurrection, which will occur at the “arrival” or parousia of Jesus.

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