Summary: From O.T. times till today, humankind has tried to solve the riddle of death & the afterlife.
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“The Dead Will Rise . . . God Said So!”
October 27, 2013 Chester FBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson
A From O.T. times till today, humankind has tried to solve the riddle of death & the afterlife.
1 The O.T. gives us several statements about the dead coming back to life.
a When Abraham was about to offer Isaac as a sacrifice on the top of Moriah he believed God would resurrect the boy should he be slain
Hebrews 11:19 (NASB) 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
aa Isaiah 26:19 (NASB) 19 Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
bb Daniel 12:2 (NASB) 2 "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
a resurrection of the righteous & unrighteous.
cc The Psalmist wrote of resurrection
Psalm 49:15 (NASB) 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
b The N.T. view of resurrection revealed answers to the mystery surrounding death & resurrection through the teachings of Jesus and the writers of the N.T. (His Word on the afterlife was gradual & progressive & climaxed at the coming of Christ )
2 Timothy 1:10 (NASB) 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
aa John 5:25, 28-29 (NASB) 25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 28 "Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.
John 6:39-40, 44, 54 (NASB) 39 "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." 44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
bb Lazarus resurrection
John 11:24-25 (NASB) 24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
2 Paul gives more clues about a future resurrection.
a Romans 8:22-23 (NASB) 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (NASB) 12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." 17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.