1John.3:2-3. (KJV) Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Hebr.10:24-25. (Amp) And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
We now come to basic teachings that motivate us to purity, love and good works. We are talking about the hope we have as believers, the fulfilment of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. The hope we have is eternal life, an understanding of this will motivate a sinner to repentance, a new born believer to endurance and a mature believer to continual excellent service. We also have the hope of eternal rewards where God appoints and entrusts us with a sphere of service.
Hope is: A fervent expectation “I’m so excited, I can’t wait” kind of hope, it greatly expects that which is promised. It is hope that creates exuberance (a healthy emotion, overflowing with high spirits), zeal and excitement. It is hope that breeds faith and confidence.
If these basic fundamentals are misunderstood or unknown then a lethargic, dull and lifeless Christian is the result. He will not know the reason for his labour and will have nothing to look forward to.
The resurrection of the dead:
Hebr.6:2. (KJV) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
John.11:25-26. (Amp) Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; and whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
The promise is: You shall never die and the conditions are: Live in Jesus Christ and believe in Jesus Christ. If we are totally committed to Jesus Christ we will live, though we may die, because Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He did not say He has resurrection, He said that He is the resurrection. To live in Jesus Christ is to live the resurrection life.
There are two resurrections:
We must understand that there are two resurrections and two judgements.
Acts.24:15. (Amp) Having [the same] hope in God which these themselves hold and look for, that there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous (the just and the unjust).
Rev.20:6. (Amp) Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years.
We will deal with these in detail later in the teaching on eternal judgement, but we can understand from Rev.20 that the just (those justified by faith), will be raised first and will reign with Him a thousand years. At the end of which the unjust, those condemned because they refuse to believe, will be raised for judgement.
The resurrection of the body:
Most authorities on Bible history agree that the book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible, since Job lived before Moses. Back in the earliest days, people believed God for the resurrection of the body.
Job.19:25-27. (KJV) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 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.
Reins: In both Hebrew and Greek mean the same thing, kidney, which speaks fig. of the innermost self.
The resurrection has been the hope of the ages, it is a basic human longing, man wants immortality and the world tries to use logic, reason, works and self – righteousness to get it. There is only one way to resurrection life and immortality, full assurance in Jesus and full commitment to Jesus. You are to know your redeemer lives.
Ps.16:9-10. (Amp) Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety, for You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.
(Mess) I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed. You cancelled my ticket to hell – that’s not my destination!
David foretold the coming of Jesus, His death, His descent into hell and His resurrection. He was talking about resurrection for man.
Ish.26:19. (Amp) Your dead shall live [O Lord]; the bodies of our dead [saints] shall rise. You, who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For Your dew [O Lord] is a dew of [sparkling] light [heavenly, supernatural dew]; and the earth shall cast forth the dead [to life again; for on the land of the shades of the dead You will let Your dew fall].
(Mess) But friends, your dead will live; your corpses will get to their feet. All you dead and buried, wake up! Sing! Your dew is morning dew catching the first rays of sun, the earth bursting with life, giving birth to the dead.
Dan.12:2-3. (Amp) And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt and abhorrence. And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever.
Hos.13:14. (Mess) Shall I intervene and pull them into life? Shall I snatch them from a certain death? Who is afraid of you, Death? Who cares about your threats, Tomb? In the end I’m abolishing regret, banishing sorrow.
The first born from the dead:
The new birth is a foreshadow of the ultimate resurrection at the coming of the Lord. From the time that Jesus rose from the dead He is no longer referred to as “The only begotten Son of God”, He is always referred to as “The firstborn from the dead”.
Col.1:18. (Amp) He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be pre - eminent].
Col.1:15. (Amp) [Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.
Rom.8:29. (Amp) For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be moulded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
We conform to the death of Jesus by dying to self at repentance, we identify with His burial at water baptism and we become partakers of His newness of life and power when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. This whole process is the new birth and new life. When Jesus rose from the dead He was the firstborn from the dead (spiritual death); out of darkness into the glory and light of the Father, to be seated at God’s right hand and to be exalted far above all things. The climax of the new birth is the resurrection. We are predestined to be conformed to the image, which is the likeness to Christ in living, and in bodily resurrection. Believers were held captive till Jesus became the firstborn of the dead. He triumphed over death and Hades, bound up captivity, and those who died in faith He led free in His victory procession to heaven.
Eph.4:8. (Amp) Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men.
Col.2:15. (Amp) [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
(Mess) He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.
1Pet.3:18-20. (Amp) For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit, in which He went and preached to the spirits in prison, [the souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water.
Only believers are in the first resurrection, and the only way you fail to be in the first resurrection is by rejecting Jesus in words or actions and in this way you show that you have no faith in Him or in the power of His Blood.
You too can be a partaker of the first resurrection simply by accepting the blood sacrifice of Jesus and exercising your faith in Him by praying the following prayer:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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