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Introduction

The English language, like most languages, uses the concept of “homographs” – that is, the concept that a single word can have many different meanings, depending on the context. Here are some examples of homographs in English:

  • Will he run for president?
  • Please don’t run across the street.
  • Don’t wear these tights because there’s a run in them.
  • Our house is the one on the right.
  • Jen always has the right answers in math class.
  • Susan B. Anthony helped woman obtain the right to vote in the U.S.A.

Recently here on Kingdom Ready there’s been a discussion on whether or not after being resurrected from the dead, one has a body that is actually “physical” or is immaterial.  The following paper by tektonics.org goes pretty in-depth into this subject and brings up many interesting points.


Originally posted on – http://www.tektonics.org/lp/physrez.html

On the Nature of The Resurrection Body

Going way WAY back into some old-school literature this week with a pamphlet that is 65 YEARS OLD! This one-time radio sermon was broadcast just a few months after the close of World War II in November of 1945!  I thought I would bring this sermon tract into the digital age and give it new life as it is a great explanation of how Paul’s famous expression is NOT a support for the immortal soul belief – but is instead a Resurrection truth like all of Paul’s other writings. 

Enjoy! 

 

PAUL’S DESIRE TO DEPART AND TO BE WITH CHRIST

by

VICTOR L. HARRISON

Radio Pastor and Evangelist

Program of “The Advent Christian Church of the Air”

Many of us here at Kingdomready have talked about “Agency” in Scripture before and how much it is a part of the Hebrew thought world & the culture of the biblical writers. A “shaliach” or agent/emissary represented someone and was treated as that individual because legally they were.  In our modern society, the closest we get to that is to appoint “Power of Attorney” to someone.  They can make legally binding decisions for us because we have designated them to serve in that capacity for us.  But in ancient Hebrew culture, the shaliach (or sheliah) wasn’t just that person in a legal sense only.  They were also respected, treated, and thought of AS THE ONE THEY REPRESENTED.  Back in 2005 a man by the name of David Burge of New Zealand wrote a terrific article about how much this Hebrew “law of agency” plays out in God’s dealing with man throughout Scripture and how vital it is to understand the concept in order to prevent a host of biblical errors.  Here’s the article in its entirety.  It is long, but extremely well done!

Matthew 5:48 – “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Surely Jesus doesn’t mean “don’t ever make a mistake or sin” does he? How could this be? Doesn’t he know “nobody’s perfect?” What is Jesus saying here? Is this an impossible verse?

Luke 14:33 – “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

Surely Jesus doesn’t really mean “give up all your stuff” does he? How could this be? He probably just means be willing to give up all your possessions. But then again, that’s not what he said. What is Jesus saying here? Is this an impossible verse?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing

Surely Paul doesn’t mean “pray and don’t ever stop” does he? How could this be? What is Paul saying here? Is this an impossible verse?

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