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  1. The resurrection is one of the underlying themes of the New Testament. Admittedly the word itself is used mostly negatively to characterise the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection, spirits, or angels. However, the theme is dominant, and Paul writes extensively on the topic. Here is an example:

    Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Cor 15: 51-54 NKJV

    There are two other ideas associated with the resurrection:

    • Christ's resurrection is central to our belief in our own resurrection. This is not just a display of his power, but in some way provides the unselfish love basis for salvation. It is a combination of hope and action
    • Secondly, the resurrection is transformational. It is not just a reanimation or revival, but a renewal.

    This notion of death and resurrection implies that we who have this hope should live our lives in Christ now so that it provides a beacon of light for those who do not believe. It is not about the textual argument, but about the transforming grace of Jesus now.

  2. Why is the resurection such a powerful hope for the Christian faith?

    The simple answer is the resurection of the faithful in Christ, which is a rescue from death to eternal life is promised to us who believe.

    You should have seen the smile on their faces as Douglas McArthur said, I will be back, to those he could not take with him, they were given hope. Then when he returned as promised they jumped for joy. Smile and be joyful all ye who believe in Christ, some day soon we will jump for joy. As we rise above the clouds, we may even shout for joy? I am told we will sing with a joyous message that no one but us can sing, because we have experienced salvation. A rescue like none other.
    John 14:1-3
    Revelation 7:9-10

    • John, I too would have thought McArthur delivered his I shall return speech in the Phillipines. It was in fact delivered to the Australian press at a small railway station in South Australia called Teworie on 20/3/1942. There is a plaque mounted there to remember his passing thru. But to his credit ,as history shows , he did return!!

  3. This is a difficult subject, not to my understanding, but to those Christian’s who still cling to the teaching of the soul that goes to heaven when death occurs. They do agree to what Paul wrote in 1 Cor 15:51-54 referring solely to the body which will then be resurrected incorruptibly when Jesus returns.
    I attend a non- Adventist bible study group with whom I share many biblical truths- the participants are real faithful christians, however, on subjects as such, when I present a biblical truth, then I‘m the one who’s on the wrong side of the page. Others always have the notion, that Adventists have invented their own bible truths to be utterly rejected.
    Has any of you had such an experience and how do you deal with it?

    • I have had several discussions with friends who are dedicated Christians as well. Satan is the great deceiver. He knows the scriptures well. For every bible truth that we hold dear, he has a false doctrine. People are taught that the Sabbath was for the Hebrew people, or some beliefs were for another dispensation, or Jerusalem is the Holy city, or Jesus' coming will be secret, or the loved ones in the grave are in Heaven, or how to baptize. The list goes on. Before the bible was in print and available to the common people, sincere Christians were warned not to read it because only the priests can explain the scriptures. By then the false teachings had already entered into the worship halls. See previous lessons.

      Jesus said: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

      Acts 17:9-10 tells us about the believers in Berea who searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

      Our hope is in the Word of God. Before we open His Word, we should ask in our prayer for the Holy Spirit to teach, and to guide us into all truth. "Thy Word is truth".

      We can be thankful that The Word is (and will become before Jesus comes) a witness unto all nations. Every serious believer will hear the truth and be able to take the stand with those who choose to follow Him instead of receiving the mark of the beast.

      We are His witnesses! Prayer changes people.

  4. I consider the statement attributed to Jesus and recorded in the New Testament: “I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”, to be the most concise, most plainly stated and easily understood affirmation of life after death that those seeking answers can find - John 11:25.

    It does not speak to when the believer lives again, but this is, in my opinion, not as crucial as knowing that human kind can live again after death. This statement affirms the identification of Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life.

    To me, the application of this statement is even broader than just the life which the believer receives after death; it addresses that even as I live in my body now, I am able to die and to be resurrected. When I die to self, I will be born again as a new creature. I believe that - the believer’s final resurrection starts in this life. _ 2 Cor.5:14-21.

    As this life we live now as born-again believers is lived in Jesus Christ - our resurrection and life lived in this life, is the foreshadowing of the type of life we live after the final resurrection. We are being assured that we will always have our life in Christ Jesus.


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