| "Come out of her my people" - Jesus Christ
Answering Your Questions About Death and the Resurrection
|To help clarify the truth about Death and the Resurrection we shall turn our attention to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and use it for an example.
Is Jesus still a man?
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God "the man" Christ Jesus ." He was raised in the same flesh and bone body. He is still in the body he took in the incarnation as he mediates as a man (anthroŰpos).
Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Did Jesus promise that his body would be raised again?
John 2:19-21 "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again in three days"Ö"But he was speaking of the temple of his body."
He was speaking of the temple, His body (soma - Greek - body not spirit not soul Ė body) Did Jesus lie or misrepresent what he would do?
Here is another example of a resurrection:
Luke 8:54-55 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. -- And her spirit came back and she got to her feet at once, and Jesus told them to give her some food. (Phil)
What happens during a resurrection?
Revelation 11:9,11 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves...And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
All the resurrections recorded in the bible are of the same form. A resurrection occurs when the breath of life returns to the dead body, there is no other biblical example.
What if the Body is scattered?
Some people wonder about those who have died and their bodies burned, and the ashes being scattered, can God resurrect them? Yes. God is able to put the bodies together again. Here is a Biblical example of this:
Ezekiel 37:7-10 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
At the resurrection the dead body is reconstituted and the departed spirit re-enters the body. This is what Job was explaining:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
At Christís resurrection he did not receive a new body (corporeal or spiritual), but the body that was laid in the tomb was revived. Jesus proved this fact to his disciples.
Luke 24:39-42 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. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
GLORIFICATION OF THE RESURRECTED BODY
Jesus did not receive a new body, but rather his body was revived and later glorified. It was transformed, not deleted and replaced with a new one. Just as the Christianís body will be changed at the coming of Christ.
Philippians 3:21 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.
1st Corinthians 15:44-46 helps us to understand Christís resurrection. The body was revived, and then it was glorified. It was raised incorruptible and eternal having the Spirit as its source of operation. The resurrected and glorified body is a spiritually dominated body; the Spirit will be the motivating force of its existence.
1st Corinthians 15:44-46 It is planted a natural body; it comes again as a body of the spirit. If there is a natural body, there is equally a body of the spirit. And so it is said, The first man Adam was a living soul. The last Adam is a life-giving spirit. But that which is natural comes before that which is of the spirit. (BBE)
How does this take place? Is our natural bodies changed? Or deleted?
1st 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.
STILL DON"T BELIEVE IN THE BODILY RESURRECTION?
1 Corinthians15:11-15: " Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up-- if in fact the dead do not rise."
The Apostle Paul taught that the Resurrection as the hope of Believers. It is the doctrine that is given to comfort the saints of God. And it is the doctrine the Bible Emphasizes! So let's believe it!