Hope in the ResurrectionBy Rev. John Cortright on 07/17/2011
I Thessalonians 4:13 There are those who have no hope. For people without hope of a future resurrection, grief and sorrow can be great. If when you die there is nothing else, then all we have to live for is the 70-80 years we have in this life. However, we do not have to live in this life without hope. Our hope begins to be realized at the day of Christ’s return, when the dead are raised to life.
I Thessalonians 4:14-18
John 5:24-29 Jesus spoke of this resurrection to life. This day is coming. It is still future, but a time is coming when those who have died will be raised to life again.
John 6:39-40; 43-44; 54 Jesus will raise up those who believe on the last day. This teaching is simple. We have faith in Jesus today. We live by faith now, and we have the promise of eternal life. If we die before he returns, then we will be raised to life on the last day.
This is our hope. This has always been the hope for the people of God. Acts 24:14-15; Daniel 12:1-2; Ezekiel 37:1-14.
When a person dies, he or she goes to the grave (Hebrew sheol; Greek hades). This is not necessarily a physical location, but rather it is the state of being dead. It is gravedom. In this state, there is no life. It is death. Ecclesiastes 9:4-5, 10.
Psalms 49:6-15 Man cannot redeem himself from the power of Sheol. A redeemer is needed.
I Corinthians 15:1-19 Some may say that Christ was not raised from the dead, but over 500 eyewitnesses saw the resurrected Christ. If Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is vain.
I Corinthians 15:20-28
The resurrection has an order − Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s at his coming.
I Corinthians 15:29-49
There is a spiritual resurrected body, a new life.
I Corinthians 15:50-58
The dead will be raised at the last trump. We have a true hope. It is real. Our faith is not in vain, but we can be steadfast in our faith, knowing that God will bring to pass this promise on the last day.
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