Category Archives: Death

SIN, DEATH, GOSPEL, RESURRECTION

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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THE DEATH OF DEATH

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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FULLY QUALIFIED HIGH PRIEST

Jesus qualified as our high priest by participating fully in human sufferings, mortality, and deathHebrews 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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EVERLASTING GLORY

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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