Part One: Doctrine

Chapter Ten: Resurrection of the Dead (pg 18 of 29)

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Chapter 10. RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

              a. General. The Bible teaches that when Jesus returns to take his people home, there will be a resurrection of the bodies of all the dead; and that all those that are still living shall be caught up with those that are resurrected. This resurrection will be of all mankind and will be followed by a general judgment of all mankind. The judgment of the Lord's children will be according to the righteousness of Christ imputed to them and they shall stand before God justified and as if they had never sinned; but the judgment of the wicked shall be according to their own wicked works and they shall stand guilty before God. Following this judgment, the happiness of the righteous in heaven shall be eternal, and the punishment of the wicked under condemnation shall be eternal.  

               b. Proof Scriptures. Included among the scriptures that declare the resurrection of the body and the general judgment of all mankind are the following:

John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  
               c. Resurrection of the Body. The resurrection will be an actual resurrection of the physical body of all the deceased, and is not merely a spiritual or symbolic resurrection:
i.             Through the ages there have always been some that have questioned the doctrine of the resurrection of the body:

Luke 20:27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,

Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

2 Timothy 2:18-19 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

ii.            While men may find the doctrine of the resurrection of the body hard to accept or believe, and some may question it even as they did during Christ's time on earth, God's word leaves no doubt regarding the fact that there will be a resurrection of the bodies of the dead when Christ returns to gather together his children and take them to heaven to ever be with him:

1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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.

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 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: 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.

Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

Job 19:26-27 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.  

               d. General Resurrection. The resurrection of the bodies of the dead will be a general resurrection. The bodies will be raised of both the regenerate and the unregenerate:

Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.  

               e. General Judgment. When the dead are raised, there will be a general judgment. Some teach that when this time of judgment comes, that we will all be brought before God to be judged for our actions during this life. If that were so, there would be none saved because all are sinners and deserve the wrath of God, and none would be judged worthy to dwell in heaven. However, in the final judgment, God's children are not judged by their own deeds, but rather by the righteousness of Christ which is imputed or given to them by the free and sovereign grace of God. The judgment will not be according to our works in the flesh, but a separation of those washed in the blood of the lamb and who are therefore worthy of heaven, and those dead in trespasses and sins who are worthy of condemnation:

Matthew 25:31-33 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom,... .  

               f. Eternal Woe. The punishment of the wicked who are unredeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ shall be eternal:

Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  

               g. Eternal Joy. The happiness of God's children that shall be judged by the righteousness of Jesus Christ which is imputed or given to them by the grace of God shall be eternal in heaven:

John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Romans 6:2 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;        

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