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Are You A Believer In The Resurrection?

For many Christian-professing people, the coming resurrection from the dead seems unnecessary, even undesirable, not merely because so many incorrectly believe that they are "born again" now (see Born Again, How and When?), but moreover because they erroneously believe that righteous people "go to heaven" when they die. Logically, if people did go to heaven when they died (which they don't because the dead are dead - see What Happens When You Die?), there would be no purpose of a resurrection. But people don't go to heaven when they die. By His own testimony, Christ is the only human that has ever gone to heaven: "3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (John 3:13 KJV).

"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?"

The apostle Paul plainly explained the two major resurrections of the dead - the first at Christ's return, the second 1,000 years later (see When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?). Although many may deny that there will be a resurrection, the time will come when denial will not be possible because it's going to happen to everyone regardless of whether or not they believe it now.

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"15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits [see Christ's Pentecost; listen also to the Sermons Christ's Pentecost and Pentecost, A Day Of Reckoning] of them that slept. 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming [see To Meet The Lord In The Air]. 15:24 Then cometh the end [see The End Of The World?], when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father [see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth]; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet [see The Coming World Dictator]. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? [see Baptism to understand how properly-done baptism symbolizes death and resurrection] 15:30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 15:34 Awake to righteousness [see also Awaken To The Light], and sin not [see The Process Of Conversion]; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." (1 Corinthians 15:12-34 KJV)

Those of the first resurrection will be to spirit; those of the second resurrection will be to physical life again, before they too are changed to spirit if they choose to accept The Lord's offer of salvation (see When Will You Be Judged?).

The Return Of Jesus Christ

"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die [see What Happens When You Die?; also Sheol and Hades]: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit [see The Adam Family]. 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." (1 Corinthians 15:35-49 KJV)

Being "born again" means to be changed to spirit (see Born Again, How and When?); hence "15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption" (1 Corinthians 15:50 KJV).

"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed [see Christ's Feast of Trumpets; listen also to the Sermons The Feast of Trumpets and The Feast of Trumpets: Birthday Of The Church from our Sermons page]. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory [see Death's Obituary]. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:50-58 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) What "heaven" did Elijah fly off into? (b) Where was Enoch "translated" (KJV) or "taken up" (RSV) to so that he would "not see death"?
(a) See Where Did Elijah Go? and Heavens Below, Heavens Above
(b) See What Happened To Enoch?


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