(kind of a “followup” to my last note on soul sleep)
ONLY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS IMMORTALITY!! (1Ti 6:16)
The very fact that, apart from Christ, MAN IS MORTAL should be enough to prove that “the resurrection of the dead” has nothing at all to do with physical death, or physical graves full of corpses (or dead men’s bones).
For only by believing that ADAM was IMMORTAL can one tie “the wages of sin” (death) and “the resurrection of the dead” to physical death, physical bodies, or physical graves.
So why am I so often accused of believing in “the immortality of the soul” just because I do not believe in the doctrine of soul sleep? (Rhetorical question. I know the answer; sadly, I used to be one of the accusers.)
The irony is that this accusation comes from those who, like me, believe that (apart from our Lord Jesus Christ) MAN IS MORTAL! When this very fact, if believed, should be all the proof one needs to show that “the resurrection of the dead” has nothing to do with physical death. IT CAN’T! Not if “the wages of sin” (death) has nothing to do with physical death.
If Adam (mankind) was MORTAL (and, therefore, already dying physically) before Adam (mankind) ever sinned and suffered “the wages of sin”, which is DEATH, then the “death” that is suffered as a result of sin is something other than physical death. This means that “the resurrection of the dead” that is needed to remedy this “death” cannot be a resurrection from physical death.
I absolutely believe that man is MORTAL. I also believe that it is THIS MORTAL (a living, breathing, human being… not a corpse, in the literal sense) who must “put on” IMMORTALITY that ONLY CHRIST has.
I believe we do this not by being UNCLOTHED, but by being CLOTHED UPON… with Christ, who is our salvation from sin and death (“death” being “the wages of sin”)!!
I believe that CHRIST ““IS”” THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!!
I do not believe that He is redeeming us from physical death or literal graves.
I believe that we are being redeemed from “the body of this death” of which Paul spoke in Rom 7:24, which is related to “the flesh” and “the carnal mind”. For, to be carnally minded IS DEATH. (Rom 8:6)
Scripture speaks of THE THROAT as “an open sepulcher” (Psa 5:9), of THE TONGUE as “a world of iniquity… set on fire of hell”. (Jam 3:6)
I believe that if we want to know what “HELL” (SHEOL / HADES) is, where “THE ABODE OF THE DEAD” is, all we need to do is LOOK AROUND!!!
If one died for all, then were ALL DEAD!!
Recall the words of David:
“My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.” (Psa 57:4)
THIS WORLD is THE ABODE OF THE DEAD!!
THIS WORLD is SHEOL / HADES… “HELL”
Of which the physical grave is only a type/figure.
Recall that Jesus said THE EARTH is God’s “footstool”. (Mat 5:35)
Recall what John description in the book of Revelation: “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev 1:15)
Recall that Isaiah prophesied of to the House of Jacob, called by the name of Israel:“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”(Isa 48:10)
Israel was given “as an example” unto those “upon whom the ends of the world is coming”. (1Co 10:11)
[Notice that this does not speak of “the end of the world” as most today teach “the end-times”, the “ends” are PLURAL and the word here, translated “world”, is not kosmos, but “aionon”, which speaks of an age or ages… in this case the ends of the ages of the law, the old covenant; spiritually speaking the ends of the ages of being CHILDREN so that we might BECOME SONS and enter into A NEW COVENANT!]
And there is ONLY ONE WAY for us to ENTER INTO this NEW COVENANT!
It is by PUTTING OFF THE OLD MAN… and PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN!!
This NEW MAN “is created” IN CHRIST!!
Recall that Jesus told the Jews:
Ye are FROM BENEATH; I am FROM ABOVE: ye are OF THIS WORLD; I am NOT OF THIS WORLD. (John8:23)
… THE WAY OF LIFE IS ABOVE, to the wise, that he may DEPART FROM HELL BENEATH!! (Pro 15:24)
Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE!!
He is “THE RESURRECTION”
I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE: HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE: AND WHOSOEVER LIVETH AND BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. …
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
And YOU HATH HE QUICKENED, WHO WERE DEAD [you, being dead] in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God,who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, EVEN WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN SIN, HATH QUICKENED US TOGETHER WITH CHRIST, (BY GRACE YE ARE SAVED) AND HATH RAISED US UP TOGETHER, AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS: (Eph 2:1-6)
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS??
[Noting that most of these things are written in the Greek aorist tense, which means without regard to past, present or future. This is why they may be translated differently in different translations and why Paul might appear to be saying one thing are past while another is future when it may be that both are dependent upon “the appearing of Christ” or “Christ in you”, which for some was “past” and for others was yet “future”.]
But there can be no doubt that these things pertain to THIS MORTAL and they are dependent upon whether we are walking IN THE FLESH (of the old man) or walking IN THE SPIRIT (of the new man)
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. BUT YE ARE NOT IN THE FLESH, BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF SO BE THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN YOU. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And IF CHRIST BE IN YOU, THE BODY IS DEAD because of sin; BUT THE SPIRIT IS LIFE because of righteousness. 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. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, YE SHALL DIE: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, YE SHALL LIVE. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD. (Rom 8:8-14)
This is what we wait for… THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD!!
CHRIST ““IN YOU”” THE HOPE OF GLORY!!
This is not about corpses in physical graves!
This is about THIS MORTAL “putting on” IMMORTALITY!
It is not about being UNCLOTHED, but about being CLOTHED UPON!!
FOR WE KNOW THAT IF OUR EARTHLY HOUSE OF THIS TABERNACLE WERE DISSOLVED, WE HAVE A BUILDING OF GOD, AN HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring TO BE CLOTHED UPON with our house which is from heaven: If so be that BEING CLOTHED WE SHALL NOT BE FOUND NAKED. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: NOT FOR THAT WE WOULD BE UNCLOTHED, BUT CLOTHED UPON, THAT ““MORTALITY”” MIGHT BE ““SWALLOWED UP”” OF LIFE. (2Co 5:1-4)
JESUS CHRIST ““IS”” THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!!
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS???
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE, BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (1Jn 3:13-14)
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH!!
Sin, when it is finished, brings forth DEATH! (Jam 1:15)
… she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. (1Ti 5:6)
This DEATH cannot possibly be PHYSICAL DEATH “if” MAN IS MORTAL!
It is THIS MORTAL who must put on IMMORTALITY that ONLY CHRIST HAS!
It is THIS CORRUPTIBLE who must put on INCORRUPTION, which ONLY CHRIST HAS.
We do this by being CLOTHED…
WITH CHRIST, WITH IMMORTALITY, WITH INCORRUPTION!!
This makes us CHILDREN (SONS) OF THE DAY, CHILDREN (SONS) OF THE RESURRECTION!
This makes of AS THE ANGELS OF GOD IN HEAVEN… who CANNOT DIE ANYMORE!!
Recall the words of Jesus when the Jews asked him about the resurrection of the dead after their carnal understanding:
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err,not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD, but OF THE LIVING. (Mat 22:29-32)
Looking at it in Luke:
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world [AGE] marry,and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world [AGE], and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children [SONS] of God, being the children [SONS] of the resurrection. Now THAT THE DEAD ARE RAISED [PRESENT TENSE], even Moses shewed at the bush [WELL BEFORE JESUS WAS EVEN BORN], 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. (Luk 20:34-38)
It was THE JEWS who said: “ABRAHAM IS DEAD, AND THE PROPHETS”.
In response to what?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. (John 8:51)
They accused Jesus of having “a devil”. Because they, just as many today, could only hear THE WORDS OF THE SERPENT (“thou shalt not surely die”) in THE WORDS OF JESUS. (“If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”)
Beloved, they are THE SAME WORDS… but they are spoken of TWO DIFFERENT TREES!!
The serpent was speaking of THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL…. THE LAW… A MINISTRATION OF DEATH!!!
In the day that you partake of THAT TREE… YOU SHALL SURELY DIE!!
But Jesus was speaking of HIMSELF… of THE TREE OF LIFE!!
In the day that you partake of THAT TREE…. YOU SHALL PASS FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE…. YOU SHALL LIVE… AND YOU SHALL NEVER DIE!!
HE ““IS”” THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. AND WHOSOEVER LIVETH AND BELIEVETH ““IN HIM”” SHALL NEVER DIE.
They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (Rom 9:8)
If it not the children of the flesh that are counted for the seed, then let us not reckon the promises according to the flesh, as did the Jews.
Paul was very clear:
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren…”
Jesus was very clear:
“… whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die….”
NEITHER CAN THEY DIE ANYMORE: FOR THEY ARE EQUAL UNTO THE ANGELS; AND ARE THE CHILDREN [uihos = sons] OF GOD, BEING THE CHILDREN [uihos= sons] OF THE RESURRECTION. (Luke 20:36)
I BELIEVE THIS!!!
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
All Blessings in Christ!
PS…. After writing all that (and having to force myself not to keep adding to it. LOL)
Maybe it would be easier to just ask…
Do you believe that Adam was immortal or mortal BEFORE he partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
If you believe that Adam was IMMORTAL and only BECAME MORTAL upon partaking of this forbidden tree, making physical death the wages of sin, then how do you explain THE TREE OF LIFE or the fact that scripture says that ONLY CHRIST HAS IMMORTALITY?
If you believe that Adam was MORTAL, therefore already dying a physical death, then what “death” do you believe God was telling Adam that he would suffer in the day that he partook of that forbidden tree? And if the “death” that Adam suffered as a result of sin was NOT physical death, then to what “death” does “the resurrection of the dead” (which is salvation “from sin and death”) apply?