ResurrectionBro. David Chancellor
11/12/2006 11:00 AM
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 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.
Jesus laid down his life and he took it back up. He had within him what made him the Son of God.
He describes two resurrections, here, that apply to us. The first resurrection is mentioned in verse 25, but it doesn’t apply to everyone. This is a spiritual resurrection that takes place in salvation. It takes a miracle for someone to rise from the dead. It isn’t a normal occurrence. When we pass from death to life spiritually, it is a miraculous act of God.
Many have reduced salvation to a form and church joining ceremony. Because of this, their expectations are set too low. Salvation is about new life and a change being made in you. When someone gets saved, we expect to see something different. Reducing salvation to a form or a ritual makes it powerless and ineffectual. It leaves people just like they were, spiritually. We want people to know that a change can be made and that they can be given power to do what some would say is impossible – live right. We don’t have to sin anymore.
At the final judgment, you won’t be able to say, "It’s not fair." Jesus has been here and experienced what we have experienced, so we’ll have no excuse.
"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." This refers to the final resurrection that applies to everyone. It is the one right before the judgment.
1 Corinthians 15:12-17
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; ye are yet in your sins.
Some preached that there was no resurrection, and some preached that the resurrection was already passed. Paul explained to them that these teachings caused some logical problems. Our faith is based on Christ rising from the dead. His resurrection makes a difference in us.
You have to have passed from death to life; if you haven’t, you’re still in your sins. Seeing the church isn’t enough; you have to pass from death to life. It takes new life to get out of sin. There is a miraculous work that takes place in the soul of man when he cries out to God for deliverance from sin, and believes that God does a work in his heart.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand year. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their heads; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is 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.
The thousand years was during the Dark Ages. During that time, there were those that served God and suffered for it. Those that took part in the resurrection were those who found Christ and followed him. They found new life. Many of these were martyred, but, spiritually, they lived because they listened to the voice of God.
We can still have part in the first resurrection (and have already taken part in it if we are saved). Salvation is about the work of God on your soul to bring life there. The second death (eternal separation from God) has no power on those who have what God has provided.
Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul counted some things as loss because he found that he needed more than just religion. He needed what God provided in Christ. Religion provides many things, but its all loss if it doesn’t provide what Christ came to bring. There is power in Christ’s resurrection. Through it we obtain a life that is the miraculous working of God. Temptations might come your way, but salvation can take care of the part in you that would respond to it.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
If his Spirit dwells in us, it will produce something in us. It’s a challenge for dead men to try to live; they can’t. They’re powerless. We can’t live like Christ without the Spirit of God within. He gives us power to live and be the sons of God. He gives us what we need to do things we otherwise couldn’t do. It will help us to live as Christ lived. It causes us to will to do right and have the power to live out that will.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." This life is what we receive when we pass from death to life. Light is not the same as knowledge. It is part of the life we have within. It is what we know, applied to our lives. It is living out what we know and understand of the life of Christ.
There is a tie between light and life. That life within needs to shine forth in our words and actions. People need to hear there is life and they need to get it. Salvation isn’t a ceremony or a form. It is coming to God for a miracle and for new life. It is deliverance from death.