Jesus Christ



34. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18); what does it mean?




It means that Jesus Christ is the first man who has risen from the dead with an immortal, incorruptible and glorious body. That’s why He has the preeminence in the resurrection (as well as in all other things) and He is called “the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18 – NKJV).

Obviously, since He is the firstborn from the dead, there are other people who will experience that same kind of resurrection. These people are all those who have died in Christ Jesus, who thus belong to Christ, as it is written: “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits, then when he comes, those who belong to him” (1 Corinthians 15:22-23 – NIV).

Therefore when Christ is revealed from heaven, all the bodies of these persons will be transformed and they will be like His glorious body.

Obviously, when Christ comes, the saints who are still alive will be changed, too, and thus their bodies also will be like the glorious body of Christ; the only difference is that their bodies will not see death before they are transformed. Therefore, when Christ comes all the saints will obtain a resurrected body, which will be glorious, incorruptible and immortal, and with that body they will reign with Christ forever. Amen.