Resurrection of the Dead
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead
and of eternal judgment.
And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells," 2 Peter 3'13.
Similar to the first principle, this last one, of Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment, is two-fold and intertwined.
All people die and resurrection and judgment are realities for both Believers and Unbelievers. In John 5'24-29 Jesus said this:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice
and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
Some time earlier in John 3'17-18 He had said:
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God".
These words show that the two resurrections are:
The Resurrection of Life - of "he who hears My word and believes": "those who have done good"
The Resurrection of Condemnation - of "he who does not believe": "those who have done evil".
The Resurrection of Life. The good these Believers have done is the result of their faith and in Jesus' name - in honour of the Father.
Ephesians 2'8-10 points out that faith comes first: "... by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".
James 2'22 clarifies: "... that faith was working together with his works and by works faith was made perfect".
The Resurrection of Condemnation. The evil these Believers have done is the result of their ungodliness.
John 3'19 says: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil".
Romans 1'28-31 amplifies: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful ...".
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