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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.
"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.
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?).
"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.
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.
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"?