THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION


 
THE HOPE OF THE AGES

Resurrection (not death) has always been the hope of Godís people.

This hope was based upon the promise of God:

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes" (Hosea 13:14).

This hope is clearly expressed by Job:

"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" (Job 19:25-27).

Paul confirms that without the resurrection, there would be no hope:

"And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" (I Corinthians 15:17-19).

In fact Paul, devotes his longest chapter to this vital subject of resurrection (I Corinthians 15).

 

THE NEED FOR RESURRECTION

The reason that the truth of resurrection is so important is that man is appointed to death.

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die ..." (Hebrews 9:27).

"For the wages of sin is death ..." (Romans 6:23).

This appointment of death came upon man through Adam.

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).

"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (I Corinthians 15:21,22).

 

THE CONDITION OF DEATH

Death is simple Ė it is the end of life. In the Scripture the dead are dead, and are therefore always in contrast with the living.

In death there is no praise of the Lord.

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being" (Psalms 146:1,2).

"The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence" (Psalm 115:17).

In death manís breath leaves.

"...His breath goeth forth..." (Psalms 146:4).

"...Thou takest away their breath, they die..." (Psalm 104:29).

In death man returns to the earth.

"...He returneth to his earth..." (Psalms 146:4)

"...They die, and return to their dust." (Psalm 104:29).

"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was..." (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

In death manís thoughts perish.

"...In that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalms 146:4)

In death man doesnít know anything.

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything..." (Ecclesiastes 9:5).

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

In death man is silent.

"The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence" (Psalm 115:17).

 

GODíS REMEDY FOR DEATH

Godís remedy of death also simple Ė it is the resurrection of the dead!

Man speaks of death as a friend, but God speaks of it as an enemy!

"For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (I Corinthians 15:25,26).

God will destroy death in resurrection!

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power" (I Corinthians 15:20-24).

 

DEATH LIKENED TO SLEEP

Death is likened unto sleep in the scriptures.

"Lazarus sleepeth ... Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead" (John 11:11, 14).

"...Lest I sleep the sleep of death" (Psalm 13:3).

"...For now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be" (Job 7:21).

"Why died I not ... for now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept..." (Job 3:11-13).

"...Them that sleep in the dust of the earth..." (Daniel 12:2).

"And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep" (Acts 7:60).

"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption" (Acts 13:36).

"...Them also which sleep in Jesus..." (I Thessalonians 4:14).

 

RESURRECTION LIKENED TO AWAKING.

So, in contrast, resurrection is likened unto awaking from sleep in the scriptures.

"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake..." (Daniel 12:2).

 

ARE THE DEAD, DEAD OR ALIVE?

The scriptures speak of the dead as not being alive.

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection" (Revelation 20:5).

 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?

Yes! In resurrection!

There is not life in death, but life after death! After Christ defeats our final enemy death, we shall be raised. Christís own resurrection is our assurance of life after death.

"And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (I Corinthians 15:17-26).


by Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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