Category Archives: Resurrection

SORROW NOT – RESURRECTION HOPE

Foundational to the hope of the church is the bodily resurrection of believers that will take place when Jesus arrives from heaven.

Paul’s description of the “coming” of Jesus in his first letter to the Thessalonians was written to comfort Christians concerning the fate of believers who die before that day. Disciples must not sorrow “like the others” BECAUSE dead Christians will be resurrected when the Lord “arrives,” and both the living and newly raised believers will “meet him” as he descends from heaven.

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THE DEAD IN CHRIST

Paul reassured believers concerning those who had died in Christ and their full participation in the future resurrection – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Paul addressed the concerns about the fate of fellow believers who die before Jesus will arrive “from heaven.” Apparently, some believers at Thessalonica were concerned that dead saints might not participate in the glories of that day. But he reassured them; not only will dead believers be resurrected on that day they will also precede those still alive, and all together will meet Jesus.

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CHRISTIANITY’S FORGOTTEN HOPE

Central to the hope of the early church was the bodily resurrection of the dead at the return of Jesus in glory.

Biblical Christianity is a forward-looking faith, and integral to its doctrine of salvation is the future resurrection of the dead, which also will mean the commencement of the New Creation. And in the New Testament, this hope is linked to two events: the past resurrection of Jesus and his future return at the end of the age. And salvation remains incomplete without it.

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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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ORDER OF FINAL EVENTS

In explaining the future resurrection, Paul lists the key events that will precede or coincide with the arrival of Jesus1 Corinthians 15:20-28.

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul outlined the events that will occur at the “arrival” or ‘parousia’ of Jesus, one of several Greek terms applied by Paul to his “coming.” Regardless of which term he used, he always spoke of one “coming,” “revelation,” or “appearance” of Jesus at the end of the age.

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