Events and Signs of the Times
Resurrection of the Just
CONCERNING what should we not be ignorant?
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even
as others which have no hope." 1 Thess. 4:13.
What is set forth as the basis for hope and comfort?
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep, in Jesus will God bring with Him." Verse 14.
When will this resurrection of the saints take place?
"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
[precede] 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."
What will then take place?
"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." Verse 17.
With what are we to comfort one another?
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words." Verse
hope of a resurrection from the dead to a life immortal is the great hope
set forth in the gospel.
Concerning what did Christ tell us not to marvel?
"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.
What is said of those embraced in the first resurrection?
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand
years." Rev. 20:6.
Upon what one fact does Paul base the Christian hope?
"Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some
among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no
resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not
risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 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. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and
if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If
in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most
miserable." 1 Cor. 15:12-19.
What positive declaration does the apostle then make?
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first
fruits of them that slept. For since 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." Verses 20-22.
resurrection of Christ is in many respects the most significant fact in
history. It is the great and impregnable foundation and hope of the
Christian church. Every fundamental truth of Christianity is involved in
the resurrection of Christ. If this could be overthrown, every essential
doctrine of Christianity would be invalidated. The resurrection of Christ
is the pledge of our resurrection and future life.
What does Christ proclaim Himself to be?
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever lives and believes
in Me shall never die." John 11:25,26. "1 am He that liveth,
and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the
keys of hell and of death." Rev. 1:18.
changed death into a sleep. Absolute death knows no waking; but
through Christ all who have fallen under the power of death will be
raised, some to a life unending, some to everlasting death.
What question does Job ask and answer?
"If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my
appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shall call, and I
will answer Thee: Thou wilt have a desire to the work of Thine
hands." Job 14:14,15.
Why did Job wish that his words were written in a book, graven with an
iron pen and lead in the rock forever?
"For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand
at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy
this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." Job 19:25,26.
How does Paul say the saints will he raised?
"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed, 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." 1 Cor. 15:51,52.
What great change will then take place in their bodies?
"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." Verses 42-44.
What saying will then be brought to pass?
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?" Verse 55.
When did David say he would be satisfied?
"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness." Ps. 17:15.
What comforting promise has God made concerning the sleeping saints?
"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."
What else has He promised to do?
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Rev.
21:4. See readings in Chapters 192. thru 201. of this book.
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