1. WHAT comes to all men as the result of the fall?
"In Adam all die." 1 Cor. 15:22. See also Rom. 5:12.
2. Where do all
go at death?
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and
all turn to dust
again." Eccl. 3:20.
3. In what condition is man while in the grave?
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;
for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge. nor wisdom, in the
grave, whither thou goest." Eccl. 9:10.
NOTE.-That is, man, when dead, has no use of the powers of mind or
body. He cannot, therefore, while in the grave, praise God, or even
think of Him (Ps. 6:5); for in the day he dies his thoughts perish.
Ps. 146:2-4. See preceding reading.
4. What has been promised in order that man may be redeemed from this
"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them
from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy
destruction." Hosea 13:14.
5. Through whom will come this redemption from the grave?
by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all
be made alive." 1 Cor. 15:21,22.
6. What would have been the result to the dead had not Christ procured
their release from the grave?
"For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be
not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also
which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished." Verses 16-18.
7. Why did God give His only begotten Son to the world?
"For God so
loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life." John 3:16.
8. What did the Sadducees in Christ's time deny?
"Then came to Him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is
any resurrection." Luke 20:27.
9. How did Christ, from the Old Testament Scriptures, prove the
"Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the
bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob. For He is not a God of the dead, but of the
living: for all live unto Him." Verses 37,38.
NOTE.-That is, in view of the resurrection- of the fact that there
is to be a resurrection- all live unto God. In His purpose, all are
alive. It is in this sense that Paul speaks of God as the one "who quickeneth
the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."
10. Under what illustration from nature are the resurrection and the
final salvation of the righteous taught?
"That which thou sowest is not quickened, ~xcept it die." 1 Cor. 15:36.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much
fruit." John 12:24.
NOTES.-The seed dies to spring forth into new life. In this we are
taught the lesson of the resurrection. All who love God will spring
forth to life, and live again through endless ages in the earth made
The Open Grave.- The truth of the resurrection has been forcibly
illustrated by the following incident: In the city of Hanover, Germany,
is a grave known as "The open grave." It is that of a woman, an infidel
German princess, who died over one hundred years ago, and who, on her
death-bed, gave orders that her grave should be covered with a great
marble slab, weighing perhaps a ton, surmounting solid blocks of stone
firmly bound together with clasps of iron, with this inscription placed
on the lowermost stone of the tomb: "This grave purchased for eternity,
must never be opened." But no human device can thwart the plans of
God, or hinder the workings of life from Him. It happened,
providentially no doubt, that a birch-tree seed was buried with the
princess. Soon it began to sprout. Its tiny shoot, soft and pliable at
first, found its way up through the ponderous stones of the massive
masonry. Slowly and imperceptibly, but with irresistible power, it
grew, until at last it burst the bands of iron asunder, and opened this
never-to-be-opened grave, leaving not a single stone in its original
position. What a rebuke to infidelity!
and what a mute but striking promise that, erelong, in God's own time,
all graves shall be opened, and the sleeping ones awake from their dusty
11. Where are the dead when they hear the voice of Christ calling them
"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." John 5:28,29.
12. How many distinct classes will have a resurrection?
"There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the
unjust." Acts 24:15.
13. By what terms did Christ refer to the two resurrections?
"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.
14. When will the resurrection of the just occur?
"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." 1 Thess. 4:16. See also 1 Cor. 15:23.
15. When are the righteous to be recompensed?
"For thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just." Luke
16. In what condition did David expect to rise?
"As far me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness." Ps. 17:15.
17. What great contrast will be seen between the present body and the
one to be put on in the resurrection?
"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in
corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is
raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in
power; it is
sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body."
1 Cor. 15:42-44.
18. After whose body will these resurrected ones be fashioned?
"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." Phil.
19. What will the righteous do upon rising from the grave?
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body
shall they arise.
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew
of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead." Isa. 26:19.
20. In what words will their triumph over death and the
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Cor.
21. How long will they live?
"Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the
angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection."
22. How long do the other class wait after the first resurection
before they are raised?
"And they [the righteous] lived and reigned with Christ
years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years
were finished." Rev. 20:4,5.
23. What is to be their fate?
"And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured
24. Who are to share this fate?
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and
the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Rev. 21:8.
25. What is the last enemy to be destroyed?
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Cor.
26. How will the righteous ever afterward appear?
"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun
in the kingdom of
their Father, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matt. 13:43.
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