Disclaimer: If you are easily angered or even offended by those who profess to believe the Bible to be God’s complete and perfect Word, then please read carefully. I am not here to offend, but to help those who are simply curious to a point of view that may be the right one. Hopefully, and prayerfully, it is. And I’m hoping to use much Scripture to help prove my points.
Are you familiar with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The good news that your enmity with God can be annihilated? The good news that all of your sin can be taken away and never be mentioned again by God? The good news that you’re eternity will turn from eternal torment to eternal glory and joy? The good news that you can be acquitted of all of the crimes you’ve ever committed against God and man? The good news that you can be righteous in God’s sight? The good news that you can be called a child of God? And the good news that you can know Jesus Christ personally, but more importantly, be know by Him? If not….then hopefully this article may stir you in that direction, because eternal life is knowing Jesus Christ and the One who sent Him (John 17:3).
To better understand the term Resurrection, you’ll need to know how it all begins. You are a sinner. And you’ve inherited the guilt of your father Adam. Because you have sinned and by nature are sinful, God’s wrath is upon you and He hates you (Psalms 5:5; John 3:36; Ephesians 2:1-3).
Now, you need to be right in the sight of God for any good to come to you when you die. We’ll talk about that good later on, but first, you need to know that your sin will lead you to eternal damnation and torment in Hell. This place is full of the wrath of God and lasts forever and ever (Revelation 14:9-11). Jesus talks about Hell more than He even talks about Heaven. This place is serious and you do not even know what it will be like. Imagine never eating, drinking, or sleeping for eternity. Then multiply that by infinity. Every day increasing in pain than the last.
But you can be saved from God’s wrath, His anger, and His hatred. God made a way. Instead of letting you suffer for eternity, He let His Son do that for you on the cross. You see, the pain of the cross was not only the physical pain of what the Romans did to Him, but what God the Father did to Him. The full and pure wrath of God (an eternity’s worth) was poured upon Jesus for the sake of your sins (2 Cor. 5:21).
The only way to experience this forgiveness is through faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, Lord, and Treasure. You must repent of your sins and turn to Christ for forgiveness and restoration (Hebrews 11:1-6). Then you will become a child of God (Romans 8:1; 15). Then you will have peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). And then you will soon experience this resurrection we’re about to talk about.
Directly from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (which is the best systematic theology in my opinion), the term resurrection basically means: “a rising from the dead into a new kind of life not subject to sickness, aging, deterioration, or death” (page. 1253).
Nobody in all of history has ever risen from the dead and thus never died again. You have Lazarus (John 11:1-44) and others who’ve been raised from the dead, but they ended up dying again. Jesus is the only One in history who has risen from the dead all by Himself, and has never died again. But did Jesus really rise from the dead?
The New Testament seems to give quite a bit of evidence for the fact that He did (Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21:25). And then you have the whole book of Acts where the apostles and disciples are going around teaching the fact that Jesus Christ was resurrected and has risen to the right hand of God. People who were once scared and timid now stood on the corners and preached even unto death the fact that they even saw this same Jesus risen and alive.
The rest of the New Testament cannot stand if Jesus Christ was not resurrected from the dead. Most of the apostles were martyred for simply preaching this truth. So what made these apostles so tough? Even Peter, who denied Jesus 3 times ended up being crucified upside down because he saw Christ risen.
Scripture teaches that Jesus was a kind of “first fruits” of a new kind of life that every believer would receive (1 Cor. 15:20, 23). Romans 8:28-29 teaches us that all believers will definitely be justified and glorified. Glorified meaning that they will be resurrected from the dead and live for eternity in Heaven with Christ.
Being resurrected to new bodies and a new eternity, Paul explains that our bodies will be “imperishable…in glory…in power…a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:42-44). What a glorious reality. Like Jesus, we will be able to eat and drink while in our physical bodies. Our bodies will not transform into some paraphysical reality, but continue to be the body we grew up in. The disciples recognized Jesus right away, so He obviously was the same looking. But we’ll have this new body that is imperishable and not able to die. What great news!
So put your faith in Christ for what He has done for you. Believe upon Him today and be saved. This is the only way for your sins to be forgiven and to see God. One day, all believers will be with Him in Heaven with our glorified and resurrected bodies. We will be like Him and we will spend eternity chasing after the eternal glories of Christ. This is how I want to spend eternity: in the presence of the One who took my place. Amen.