Eschatology

 

 

24. Is it true that the Bible teaches that the body which is buried one day will rise again?

 

 

Yes, it is. For Jesus said very clearly: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29), and Paul said that “there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15 – NKJV).

Therefore, not all those who rise again will have part in the same resurrection, I mean that the destiny awaiting those who will rise again is not the same for all of them. In that the just will inherit life and glory, while the unjust will be judged and sentenced to an everlasting shame.

The just will rise again at the coming of Christ, as it is written: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), and again: “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” (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). They will rise again with a glorious body, a body which will be immortal and incorruptible, which will be like the glorious body of Christ (who is the firstborn from the dead – cf. 1 Corinthians 15:20 and Colossians 1:18), as it is written: “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).

On the contrary, the unjust will rise again at the end of the Millennial reign (Revelation 20:11-15), and they will rise again with a body that – as far as we know – will be indestructible because they will be cast into the everlasting fire where they will be tormented forever and ever.

 

 

 

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