November 4, 2018

As we continue with the Resurrection of Christ, He shows that there is no individual who ever has lived or who ever will live will not be resurrected.

There are, it is true, two kinds of resurrection. Some will be resurrected to life and some will be resurrected to judgment. But every individual who ever lived will be resurrected.

This is a serious and sobering thought, for if the unsaved and the wicked were left in the graves forever and were never resurrected, if they were blotted out, if they were forgotten, if they lapsed into unconsciousness never to be awakened, then that would be the end of them and if would not matter what they did with Christ. They would miss the blessing and glory of heaven, but neither would they be suffering in their state of oblivion. But Paul in his writings shows conclusive that every individual will be resurrected.

After presenting the truth about resurrection, the Apostle concludes the discussion with the introduction, in Verse 15, 1 Cor., of what he terms "a mystery." He writes , "I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we (the living ones) shall be changed." When the word "mystery" is used in the Word of God, it does not refer to something that is mysterious or difficult to understand. Rather it refers to some truth not previously revealed by God to men, which men would not and could not know apart from divine revelation.

The Old Testament teaches the truth of the resurrection of the body. You can see in Job 19:25 where Job says, "I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand in the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see god." Job had the confident hope of the resurrection through though the Redeemer who would one day appear. Isaiah was possessed of the same hope, for he writes in Isaiah 26:19, "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Daniel held the same hope, for he writes in Daniel 12"2, " And many of them that sleep in the ust of the earth shall awake , some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
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