Skip to comments.A QUICK LITTLE LESSON
Posted on 02/02/2010 7:26:29 PM PST by Ken4TA
Many, if not most Christians think or believe that the saints of both the Old and New Testaments are alive in some place between death and resurrection. But is that what Jesus and His apostles taught? Lets find out!
In Matthew 22:3132 we read of Jesus saying:
Luke records Jesus response this way:
This sure sounds as if all those who died are still alive, doesnt it! However, even though Abraham died and was buried, God spoke of him as still alive; and the Apostle Paul addressed this in Romans 4:17,
The Apostle Paul tells in I Cor. 15:1619,
In I Cor. 15:1219 Paul tells us that if there is no resurrection from the dead then those who die have actually become extinct, i.e., perished, which in Greek means utterly destroyed. That term in the Greek that Paul wrote in is in the form of apollumi.
Notice that I have used the word extinct! That term, in reality, means to be no more, i.e., utterly destroyed! Let us look at how the Hebrews who translated their Old Testament Scriptures into the Greek language the Septuagint (LXX), and which was translated into our English language which record what Job had to say about dying:
I shall wait until I exist again, says Job. The writer of the Book of Hebrews, in chapter eleven, gives us a very extensive list of Old Testament saints by name, and refers to others, who were all commended for their faith:
In this list we find mention of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the ones mentioned by God to Moses in Exodus 3:6 which Jesus named to say that to Him (God) all are alive. We are not afraid to say that all individuals who died in faith are also alive, even though they no longer exist; for God calls things that are not as though they were.
All those who died in faith do not now exist, but God promised to re-create (renew or anew) them on the last day of the age we now live in. The last two verses of chapter eleven, verses 39 and 40, in reference to those mentioned before, give us great encouragement to remain faithful to God until Jesus returns on that last day:
As you have just read, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with multitudes of others have to wait until Jesus returns to receive the promise of God. Yes, God will re-create man in His image again, but this time different, and those who believed and obeyed Him in this earthly life we now live in shall be raised, as Paul says in I Cor. 15:
And that is exactly what happened to Jesus, Gods anointed one, the Christ! He died just as everyone does: and was buried in the grave (hades) from which, three days later, He was raised by God to become the first-fruit of the resurrection just as Paul describes in verses 42-44 above and added: just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so we shall bear the likeness of the man from heaven (verse 49).
He goes on to say:
For all who have died with the faith of Abraham, in Gods eyes they are still living, for He calls things that are not as though they were!
As Cutis Dickinson puts it:
The Apostle John wrote that at Christ Jesus coming We shall be like him (I John 3:2). Paul wrote that Christ Jesus Shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of His glory (Phil. 3:21).
His image at last! The purpose of God fulfilled. God will not be thwarted by our death and being returned to the dust of the earth. He will have what He set out to create and enjoy forever; man in His image. This is the destiny of the believer, the Christian.
Eternal life is not an ethereal ghost-like existence in some sky. It is not mere continuation of mind or thought after death, nor a weird reincarnation. It will be a restoration of life to the one who died, in a state that is perfect, with the added quality of immortality (deathlessness) and in a perfect environment.
To the redeemed the resurrection is an incentive to perfect ones life after Jesus example, for we shall be LIKE HIM and everyone that has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as He is pure (I John 3:23). [Emphasis added KF]
As Oscar Cullman has written, Resurrection is a positive assertion: the whole man (or woman), who has really died, is recalled to life by a new act of creation by God. Something has happened a miracle of creation: For something has also happened previously, something fearful: life formed by God has been destroyed. (Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead.)
There are way too many scriptures that back up what is just said to be included in this short article. When Moses was confronted by God Himself in the burning bush, which never got burned up, God revealed Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; individuals whom Moses knew of, and knew that they were dead and existed no more. We have just shown WHY God could say something that would indicate that they are still alive: They are alive in the eye of God!, not in reality. That wont be true until they are re-created at the last day the day that Christ Jesus returns to resurrect them! It is on that great day that all the faithful of all ages will be made perfect, as Hebrews, chapter eleven, tells us. No wonder that that is the glorious hope, the blessed hope upon which our faith rests.
To close this article, lets all consider what the apostle Peter tells us in his second letter (3:18):
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Well at least you aren’t a blog pimp.
So we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who do not yet exist?
***The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body (verses 4244).
And that is exactly what happened to Jesus, Gods anointed one, the Christ! He died just as everyone does: and was buried in the grave (hades) from which, three days later, He was raised by God to become the first-fruit of the resurrection just as Paul describes in verses 42-44 above and added: just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so we shall bear the likeness of the man from heaven (verse 49).***
Are you saying that Christ DIDN”T rise physically, but spiritually only?
So we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who do not yet exist?
death/=heaven, hell, or purgatory...thats the way it is.....all the saints are, by definition, in heaven, that’s what makes one a saint The church teaches that anyone who dies in a state of grace goes immediately to heaven, those who are unrepentant of minor infractions (venial sins) spend a while in purgatory to complete their purification, those, however, who die in a state of separation from Christ (mortal sin) get to meet up with Lucifer and his buddies....too bad
Didn't you read the Scripture quotations? They give you the answer to the question you ask.
Don’t be so cryptic, answer the question. Do you believe that Christ rose in a spiritual sense only, or did he rise in his body?
As I quoted, so I believe: "The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body." Jesus was not only raised with a body that could be touched and could eat a meal, it could also accomplish things that a mere physical body could not do - like appear in a locked room without opening the door. Does that help?
No. Was it a body, or spirit that was raised?
Jesus was not only raised with a body that could be touched and could eat a meal, it could also accomplish things that a mere physical body could not do - like appear in a locked room without opening the door. So to answer your question, to which you give me a choice of one or the other, my answer is BOTH. It was a spiritual BODY! This is the same kind of BODY all resurrected Christians will get - a spiritual BODY. I can't be more specific...and it is just as Paul recorded when asked "With what kind of body" will one have at the resurrection. See I Cor. 15:35, 42-44 and 47-49 - that should also answer your question. Is that more help than before?
So you deny Jesus’ bodily resurrection physically, and claim a spirit resurrection only.
Absolutely NOT! Didn't you understand what I wrote and what I quoted? Jesus arose as a flesh and blood man who could be touched and who could eat just as you can. He also could appear in a room that was locked without going through a door. He had a spiritual body. Plain enough?
Ok, so you claim Jesus rose from the dead with a resurrected body of flesh.
Yep, and that is what the Scriptures tell us; and Jesus is coming again, in the flesh.
Thank you. From your original post it seemed like you were saying that he didn’t rise in the flesh. Just wanted to make sure. When talking to people about God, we need to be as clear as possible to avoid confusion. I agree, by the way.
It is distracting...to the point that whatever message you were hoping to convey was obscured, at least for myself. If I found it to be so, then I'm certain others have, and will also in the future.
I put the wrong html code in. I should have also checked it before hitting the post button. I'm sort of new to HTML, and was just trying to center the quotes. Sorry about that, but I'll do better the next time I post a thread.
Thank you. I was wondering why you asked the question.
I remember back in the dark ages around here, if someone colored, bolded, italicized, or sized the text, it would remain that way until someone inserted the proper brackets/backslash commands.
I didn't know any html in those days...have learned a bit of it here, since.
Unfortunately, although I noodled around for some of the old threads which contained lots of html, and some "elements of freep style" info -- I couldn't find 'em. Sorry...
Good luck, welcome to FreeRepublic and all that. Seriously, it's refreshing to find an honest "religion forum" blog-link contributor.
One that kept giving me the stiff-arm, is no longer here. Banned.
I was part of the flushing crew, I reckon. I have no regrets.
Thank you for the quick reply, also.