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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Paul reminded Timothy of Christ’s resurrection since false teachers were denying the future resurrection.
The resurrection is not a major subject in Paul’s “pastoral” letters, but he does raise the subject when dealing with the problem of false teachers at Ephesus. As he reminded Timothy, “God did not give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind.” The theme of “sound teaching” is pivotal to the three pastoral letters, and the future resurrection is a prime example of the apostolic doctrines.
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In Colossians, Paul emphasizes the exalted position of Jesus that is the result of his death and resurrection – Colossians 1:18-19.
In Colossians, Paul stresses the exalted position of Jesus. Some members of the congregation remained confused about the authority of the Son of God, especially over the spiritual powers that remain hostile to him and to his people. Therefore, Paul reminded them of just how highly God had exalted the one who became the “firstborn of the dead.”
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Paul expressed his goal of going on to perfection, a process that will culminate in our physical resurrection when Jesus returns – Philippians 3:7-21.
In the opening thanksgiving of his letter to the Philippians, Paul prepares his readers for a key theme of his letter – going on to “perfection” in Jesus. The promised bodily resurrection is necessary for their “completion.” It is not optional but is an integral part of the future salvation they will receive when Jesus arrives in glory.
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The Apostle Paul links the future resurrection with the New Creation, the promised redemption includes both events – Romans 8:1-23.
In the eighth chapter of Romans, Paul wrote that for all those who are “in Jesus” there is “now no condemnation,” the result of the “law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death. Adam’s sin condemned humanity and the creation to bondage under sin and death even though God had declared the entire universe “good.”
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