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The Truth About the Resurrection

By R.S. Neaville

 

     Once a person receives Jesus as his Lord and savior and is baptized he begins to learn about what it is to walk in faith. In this chapter of continuing discipleship we will deal with the goal of faith. The goal is the end of the Gospel. It is the resurrection of the dead.

 

1Peter 1: 7.  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

 8.  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9.      Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

Romans 8:23.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

Section One: The Resurrection of Jesus-Our Hope

 

     It is important to understand exactly how Jesus was raised, as he is the first of us to be raised glorified. As he who is our older brother is raised so shall we be. His resurrection is the mirror of our blessed hope.  He is our Pattern.

 

 

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

 10.  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

 11.  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

 12.  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

13.    And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

 

Romans 8: 29.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30.    Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 

Colossians 1:13.  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 14.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15.  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 

1Corinthians 15:20.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 21.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

 22.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 23.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

 

 

     Jesus is Godís pattern and promise for us.  As Jesus was bodily raised, so will we be.

 

 

Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

Romans 6: 4.  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5.      For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

Philippians 3: 20.  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21.    Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 

     As Jesus was raised from the dead and then ascended to into the air to be glorified so shall we.

 

John 20:11.  But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

 12.  And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

 13.  And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

 14.  And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

 15.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

 16.  Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17.  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

 

1 Thess 4: 13.  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

 14.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 15.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

 16.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 17.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 18.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

 

    As Jesusí body was glorified and spiritual and yet still tangible so will ours be in the resurrection.

 

 

 

John 20:24.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 25.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

 26.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

 27.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

 28.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

 29.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

 

John 21: 12.  Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

 13.  Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

14.    This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

 

Luke 24: 36.  And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 37.  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

 38.  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

 39.  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

 40.  And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

 41.  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

 42.  And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

 43.  And he took it, and did eat before them.

 

    It is not a physical body but a spiritual one. It is of celestial origin not of terrestrial. That is not of this world.  It is however tangible. He could be touched. He could eat. He could be seen. He could also walk through walls or disappear at his choice. This too is our hope.

 

1Corinthians 15:40.  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

 41.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

42.    So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

 

1 Corninthians 15:44.  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

 45.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 46.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

 47.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 48.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

 49.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 50.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 51.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

 52.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53.    For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Review Questions

 

  1. What is the ďBlessed HopeĒ of the Gospel message?
  2. What does the firstborn of all creation mean? Discuss this with the class.
  3. What is the adoption as sons?
  4. What kind of body shall we be raised in?
  5. What is the difference between celestial and terrestrial?

 

Section Two: Order in Redemption

 

     As we have noted previously our salvation has two parts within in its whole. Everything is ordered according to Godís pattern. First our spirits are redeemed through faith and then our bodies. It is done this way because the spiritual things must be manifested to the physical things. Jesus is not we coming to God so much as he is God coming to us.

 

Matthew 6: 9.  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

 

Matthew 12: 28.  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

 

 

John 8:42.  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

 

     This is the same pattern by which God first made man a living soul or being. It took a physical part made of dust and another part breathed into man from God. Or breath sent from God. Our spirits were sent from God so to speak in a figure or picture just as the kingdom of God is coming to the physical. Just as Jesus was sent from heaven to the earth. In all three cases it was the spiritual coming to the physical. Compare the pattern in the following verses.

 

Genesis 2:7.  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

1 Corinthians 15:45.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 46.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

 47.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 48.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

 49.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

 

     This is the pattern of God in creation. First the physical is created then the spiritual is sent to it. The plan is that spiritual which comes second is preferred first. The spiritual must bring  the physical into itself. We must be adopted in to the spiritual. So must our bodies be adopted into it.  Each though in its turn.  First our spirits are cleansed then our bodies resurrected.

 

John 4: 23.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24.    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

2 Corinthians 5:

14.  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

 15.  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

 16.  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

 17.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 18.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

 19.  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

Colossians 1:18.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 19.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

 20.  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

 

Romans 8: 21.  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 22.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 23.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

     This is the ministry of reconciliation. It is the sent one Jesus Christ reconciling creation from its bondage to decay and reconciling us to God. The kingdom of heaven is sent to earth to bring it in to heaven. The resurrection is the purest manifestation of this. The will of God demonstrated in the reconciliation from flesh to spirit. From Adam to Christ. So we see it is God coming to us in Christ Jesus.

 

 

I Corinthians 15: 47.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 48.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

 49.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

     This is important to understand in order to grasp Godís purpose in his order of reconciliation. Our Spirits are redeemed in the unseen world of faith and the Spirit but the manifestation of this must be witnessed in our bodies. It must be the physical that is changed to take on the nature of the spiritual in its turn. Our complete redemption is therefore accomplished in these two parts. First that which is spiritual then that which is mortal. This completes us as souls in the image of Christ instead of Adam. Remember that a soul is a body and spirit as one (Gen.2:7)

 

2 Corinthians 5

 

 1.  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 2.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

 3.  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

 4.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

 5.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

 

     In our Christian understanding the body is filled with sin so we consider it dead through faith. The spirit has been cleansed through faith in Christís sacrifice.

 

Romans 8:10.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

 11.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

 

    So we see it is the Spirit redeemed first and then the body. So our spirits involve Christí first coming and our bodies his second. Read the following portion of Romans chapter five carefully.

 

Romans 5:1.  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 2.  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 3.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

 4.  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

 5.  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 6.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 7.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

 8.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 9.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

11.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

 

     You see it is now that we are justified by faith and have access into his grace by that same faith. In other words now our spirits can have communion or fellowship with God because Jesus died for us. He paid for our sin so that we can enter into that relationship with God in the Spirit. This all has to do with Jesusí first coming. It all has to do with his death on the cross. Through the cross we are now not Godís enemies. Jesus has reconciled us through his death. This is our peace with God. But it is more than just being reconciled in our spirits. It is our whole being that must be reconciled. The resurrection is a promise that our bodies will be reconciled as well. So if we are reconciled to God in the spirit by faith we will be fully reconciled when he brings us the resurrection at his second coming. This is the salvation of our souls. And he has given us a portion of his spirit through faith as a guarantee that he will bring us this promised hope. The Spirit is Godís seal that he will keep what he has promised. The point made here is if his death reconciles us to God what will his resurrection bring  but eternal us? The completion of our salvation. This happens when he comes.

 

 

Romans 5: 9.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

1 Peter1:

3.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 4.  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 5.  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 6.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

 7.  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

 8.  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 9.  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

2 Corinthians 5: 4.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

 5.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

 

Ephesians 1: 5.  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

 6.  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

 7.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 8.  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

 9.  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

 10.  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 11.  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

 12.  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

 13.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with

                

 

     Romans 8: 10.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

 11.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 12.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

 13.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 14.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 15.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 16.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 17.  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

 18.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 19.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 20.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

 21.  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 22.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 23.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 24.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

 25.  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

                      

 

     Can you see how the whole thrust of the New Testament writings speak these things in a unified clarity?

 

1.      Godís pattern in redemption is first the spiritual then the physical

2.      The Kingdom of God is coming to us first not us to it first.

3.      The kingdom of God has therefore come in the spiritual but is yet to be manifested to the physical

4.      That both physical and spiritual must be reconciled in to God through Christ

5.      Faith through the grace of God in the sacrifice of Christ is our access to the father now in the Spirit.  The resurrection is the promise of the body.

6.      The redemption of the body is the completion of our adoption and our salvation.

7.      The Holy Spirit is a seal that God will keep his promise and it is a deposit on the resurrection of the dead, the salvation of our souls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review Questions

 

 

1.      What is the order of creation according to 1Corinthians 15:46 and Genesis 2:7?

2.      What is the order of redemption according to Romans 5:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:49?

3.      Why did God give us a portion of his Spirit through Jesus?

4.      Give a verse that shows God is coming to us, not us to God. Discuss this with the class.

5.      What is the salvation of our souls?

 

 

Section Three: When the Resurrection?

 

 

     So far we have learned from the Scriptures that we will share in a resurrection like Jesusí. We have learned the resurrection is the hope or end of the Gospel. We have learned the pattern or order of redemption: First the spirit through faith and then the body. We have even learned a bit concerning Gods plan of reconciliation. Now let us turn our attention to the time it our hope will be fulfilled.

 

1 Corinthians 15: 19.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 20.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 21.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

 22.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 23.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

 

 

     It is that simple. Jesus in is first coming brought us salvation through faith. In his second coming he brings us the fulfillment of this great salvation: The resurrection from the dead. This is our focus on his appearing as his disciples. It is the fulfillment of this Gospel we stand in faith for.

 

1 Thessalonians 4: 13.  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

 14.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 15.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

 16.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 17.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 18.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

It is a literal appearing. Every eye will see him.

 

Matthew 24: 27.  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 28.  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

 29.  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 30.  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 31.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

     This gathering of the elect is the resurrection we hope for. It comes  ďimmediately after the tribulation of those days. All the saints of God have this hope. This is our Gospel.

 

 

Matthew 24:42.  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 43.  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

 44.  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

 

     He comes as a thief in the night and the world will not be ready. He comes unexpected like birth pains do to a woman. But these birth pains that come upon the world end in a great travail we call the ďgreat tribulationĒ. This is the sign that the children of God are about to be revealed from the womb of this earth in to the fullness of Godís kingdom. This is the resurrection of those in Christ at his coming.

 

Romans 8: 18.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 19.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 20.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

 21.  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 22.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 23.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 24.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25.    But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

1 Thessalonians 5: 1 Thessalonians 5

 

 1.  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

 2.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 3.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4.      But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

 

Revelation 3 :2.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

 3.  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

                   

 

          We will not receive this resurrection until he comes. So we watch and wait patiently in faith.

 

 

Romans13:11.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

 12.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

 13.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

 14.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

              

Hebrews 9:28.  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

1 Peter 1: 3.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 4.  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 5.  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

 

     What we have now we have by faith. When he comes he brings that salvation we wait in hope of. He brings us eternal  life.

 

 

John 6: 35.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 36.  But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

 37.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

 38.  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

 39.  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

 40.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

               

 

 

      This is our Hope in its clarity from the scripture. Jesus will bring the promise of God to all who belong to him and too all those who wait for him. Are you standing in faith? Are you waiting in patience?  Do you share in this great hope?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review Questions

 

1.      What is the hope of the Gospel?

2.      When will this hope be fulfilled?

3.      What is the travail that comes on the whole earth as a woman with Child?

4.      Does Jesus come before or after this travail? Discuss this with the class.

5.      Is the term ďthief in the nightĒ a reference to something that is unexpected or something that is secret?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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