The resurrection, the end of death, and the New Creation all occur at the “arrival” of Jesus at the end of the present age.
When certain church members at Corinth denied the future resurrection, Paul responded by stressing the necessity for the bodily resurrection, and he began by appealing to the past resurrection of Jesus as the precedent for the future resurrection of believers, a key event that will coincide with his “arrival” in glory, his parousia.
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SYNOPSIS: The Apostle Paul links the bodily Resurrection of the saints with the New Creation. The promised redemption includes both.
In the conclusion of the first half of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes that for them who are in Jesus – “There is now no condemnation.” This happy condition exists because the “law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set them free from the law of sin and of death.” Continue reading Future Hope – Resurrection and New Creation
Paul reminded Timothy of Christ’s resurrection since false teachers were denying the future resurrection.
The resurrection is not a major subject in Paul’s “pastoral” letters, but he does raise the subject when dealing with the problem of false teachers at Ephesus. As he reminded Timothy, “God did not give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind.” The theme of “sound teaching” is pivotal to the three pastoral letters, and the future resurrection is a prime example of the apostolic doctrines.
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The return of Jesus constitutes the “Day of the Lord” when the dead are raised, judgment occurs and death ceases.
The coming of Jesus is not a major topic in Paul’s letters to the church in the city of Corinth, but in the process of addressing several problems, he touches on key aspects of his return. This includes its identity with the “day of the Lord,” the consummation of God’s kingdom, the resurrection and examination of believers, and the cessation of death.
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SYNOPSIS – The resurrection, the end of death, and the New Creation all occur at the “arrival” of Jesus at the end of the age – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28.
The Apostle Paul stressed the necessity for the resurrection in his response to church members who denied a future bodily resurrection for Christians. In doing so, he appealed to the past resurrection of Jesus as the precedent for the future collective resurrection of believers, a key event that will coincide with his return in glory, his parousia – (1 Corinthians 15:12-58).
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