The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will mean resurrection and the termination of the last enemy, death.
When some church members denied the future resurrection, Paul responded by stressing the necessity for bodily resurrection, appealing to the past resurrection of Jesus as the precedent for the resurrection of believers. The saints will be raised from the dead when he “arrives” in glory, signaling the end of death itself – The death of Death.
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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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SYNOPSIS – Paul reminds Timothy of Christ’s resurrection. False teachers were denying the resurrection or claiming that it was not applicable to believers.
The resurrection is not a major subject in the “pastoral” letters of Paul, but he does raise the subject when dealing with the problem of false teachers. In his opening comments, he reminds Timothy that, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” – The themes of a “sound mind” and “sound teaching” are pivotal to his pastoral letters, and the future resurrection of the dead is a prime example of “sound teaching.”
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