The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will terminate the Last Enemy, Death, and resurrected saints will receive immortal bodies.
Certain men of the church in Corinth were denying the future bodily resurrection. Paul responded by stressing the necessity for resurrection. In doing so, he appealed to the past DEATH and resurrection of Jesus as the basis for the resurrection of believers. His disciples will be raised from the dead when he “arrives,” and that will signal the end of death itself.
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Paul presents his gospel from humanity’s plight due to sin to the resurrection of the dead and the New Creation.
In Romans, Paul presented his most detailed explanation of the gospel. His purpose was to deal with conflicts between Gentiles and Jews in the church and to prepare the ground for taking the gospel to the west, and he touched on related topics, including death, redemption, the Law, the resurrection, and the New Creation.
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Jesus qualified as our high priest by participating fully in human sufferings, mortality, and death – Hebrews 2:5-18.
The priesthood of Jesus is one of the key subjects of the epistle to the Hebrews – He has become the “merciful and faithful high priest” for “his brethren.” The topic is anticipated in the opening paragraph of the letter, including the uniqueness of his priesthood. Unlike the Aaronic priests, the “Son achieved purification of sins,” then “sat down” in the “real” Tabernacle.
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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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