Why is it so hard for those who claim to be ministers of Jesus Christ, that they do not understand what God is really doing here on this earth?
The word resurrection is mentioned 41 times in the New Testament, but that doesn’t mean anything to modern professing Christians, since the church is going to be raptured off to heaven, they don’t need to be resurrected.
The question is, since there will be a resurrection and we will prove it, what will you be like in the resurrection, and is Jesus Christ a pattern for our own resurrection?
Jesus Christ, according to the Bible was raised from the dead. Now if people don’t want to believe that, that’s their problem, but it is a historical fact. Christ’s mangled body was taken down from the stake and entombed in a dark sepulcher, for three days and three nights. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. Upon His resurrection, Christ became a powerhouse of spiritual energy.
During the next several weeks Christ would from time to time appear to His disciples. They saw Him, they touched Him, they ate with Him, and they walked and talked with Him.
Jesus Christ was now different, no longer a human being, he appeared and then He would vanish. Christ walked through solid matter into locked rooms. He levitated into heaven, and now shines brilliantly like the sun. Jesus Christ was certainly no ordinary mortal.
Question: Does the resurrected body of Jesus Christ differ from what the Christian can expect? What will you be like in the resurrection? Today, many in modern Christianity subscribes to the Eastern notion that they will return to life as another creature.
Why is it that people like to guess about their future state, why do they want to stay ignorant? The fact is, the Bible describes what we will be like in the resurrection; God does not leave us in doubt. You and I can know what lies beyond the grave.
In I Cor. 15:51`: “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” This is speaking of true Christians being changed, but when? “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ (Christians) shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (vs. 22-23).
Those people that have overcome and endured to the end will put on a spiritual body, different, no longer subject to decay or death, untiring, powerful and spiritual.
John writes “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).
In other words we slip the bonds of mortality, and are resurrected at the return of Jesus Christ. We will share his nature, fully reflect his person, and be just like him. God says we can’t take our human nature or our human flesh and blood into His kingdom.
Paul tells us in I Cor. 15:50 “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption.” Paul goes on to tell us that we shall be raised imperishable:
For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality (v. 53). In order to be part of God’s Kingdom, we must be clothed with immortality.
The Bible reveals the purpose of mankind, it is an insult to God that what modern Christianity teaches is the best God can do, that is endless strumming on a harp on cloud nine or gazing blissfully at the face of God, or just walking on streets of gold and living in some nice home.
The apostle Paul was inspired to write “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29).
We are to share the likeness of God’s Son Jesus Christ. How plain does God have to be for us to understand His purpose of mankind?
Jesus Christ is the eldest in a vast family of brothers and sisters and in Heb. 2:11 Paul tells us: “For both he that sets a part are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
Now let us go back to Rom. 8:16-17 “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
Of the 2.1 billions of people who claim to follow Jesus Christ, few really understand what Paul wrote? Right now we are mere flesh and blood and we suffer and have limitations by being human beings. But with the Holy Spirit in our minds we are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. If we overcome we will inherit all things!
Also notice Rev. 21:7: “He that overcomes shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” That means everything, the whole creation, the entire vastness of the universe.
Humanly, the heir receives the estate on the death of the benefactor. So it is with God our Father, who never dies, who has always been and who always will be. He will share His estate, the whole creation, His powers, with His sons and daughters.
Notice II Cor. 6:14-18 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness.” And what concord (or accord) hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believes with an infidel. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith he Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
The Apostle Paul goes on to write in Romans 8:31-32: “What shall we then say to those things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
That is the reward God has laid up for His faithful children; it’s the fulfillment of the divine purpose of creating man in the image of God.
Wouldn’t you like to make the blind see, heal the deaf ear, feed the hungry, restore health to the chronically ill, and raise the dead to life? This is what Jesus Christ did!
Do we really trust God, if so we will do the same thing? Notice John 14:12 “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Today, we see very little of this in God’s Church, but its supreme fulfillment will be in the New World to come.
Coming soon is a utopian time when all human life will be healed. When Jesus Christ returns as King of Kings, and with him the resurrected saints, joining him as joint-heirs of the Father’s kingdom and receiving great power.
Just what does happen upon the return of Jesus Christ? Isa. 35:5-6 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened (both physically and spiritually) and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped, then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.”
Brethren, do we understand that these things will be done by the resurrected saints as we exercise the powers of God. Can you imagine a world where God’s healing power surges over the whole earth? Does your mind grasp personally of sharing this type of power? Can you image the Holy Spirit flowing through you in great power doing these mighty works?
Is this not what Jesus Christ said in John 7:38 “He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters.”
Does this thought boggle your mind? Out from those who are co-heirs with Jesus Christ will flow to others the very divine life.
The Apostle John was inspired to write in Rev. 5:10 “we shall reign on the earth.” This means great unlimited power to serve with Jesus Christ, it is a glimpse of what you will be like in the first resurrection. Each Christian who is victorious to the end of his or her life is to share the powers exercised by Jesus Christ, who is the eldest in a very large family.
Eph 3:15 “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” The Apostle Peter tells us in II Peter 1:4 that we are to be “partakers of the divine nature.” That means we will become God! Is it any wonder that Jesus Christ said, if a person who knows this truth and gives it up, are very foolish?
Again notice what the Apostle Peter wrote: “His divine power has given us all things that re needful for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and perfectThereby He has given us, His exceeding great and precious promise, in order that through them you may become sharers in the divine nature.”
In each person, in whom dwells the Spirit of God, lies the seed of the divine. A divine seed that will later flower as full membership in the divine Family. Paul puts it this way: “Who has also sealed us and given the earnest (down payment) of the Spirit in our hearts (Eph. 1: 13-14).” That is if we do not disqualify ourselves and throw it all away for this world.
During the time of Christ He had to straighten out certain Jews on this matter who took up stones ready to kill him: “Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him saying; for a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy and because that you being a man make thyself God.”
“Christ answered them, is it not written in your law, I said ye are Gods? (Ps. 82:6). If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say he of him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, thou blasphemest because I said I am the Son of God” (John 10:32-36.
Jesus Christ saw no theological difficulty in the concept of men becoming gods. Is it then blasphemy for you and me to claim as a Christian that we are God’s sons and daughters? Children in the New Treatment are called sons and daughters and children of God.
This is a family relationship, The Godhead is a Family!
Notice Paul’s words: (Rom. 8:14) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.” (vs. 23) “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the sonship to wit the redemption of our body.”
Whatever Jesus is now, Christians will become so at the resurrection of the just. Now the idea of the god in man is nothing new. It’s a concept planted in man’s mind by Satan shortly after man’s creation.Disobey the Creator God, acquire your own standards of good and evil, and be god-like, that was Satan’s message.
Man is physical and all of us will die. Man has a sinful nature, and unless that nature is renovated or transformed, we will die and never again see the light of day until time of judgment.
There is only one way for any man or woman to live forever and that is through Jesus Christ. Each of us must “die” to our human nature, be converted and cleansed of all sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Notice that after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, death could no longer contain him. Christ had new powers, He could at will assume a solid body of flesh and bone (Luke 24:34). “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
In essence our reward is that we inherit the same quality of spiritual life and power. We are to share these divine powers and attributes as Kings and Priests in the Kingdom of God. In this sense mortal man may become immortal God. Because within the truly converted Christian resides the same Holy Spirit which was the power that Jesus Christ totally depended on.
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Col. 3:4). At our resurrection, all that will remain of us (that is physical body) is the same Holy Spirit which now dwells in us.
What now lies ahead of us is the most exciting 1,000 years of all time. Here is how the Apostle Paul summarizes what life is all about: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.Then comes the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God, even the Father when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him that God may be all in all.” (I Corth. 15:22-28).
We are created in the image of God, but we are but a mere shell of that image. But our fullness comes when Jesus Christ returns and we will become divine, become part of a powerful divine Family of God.
If you want to know what you will be like in the resurrection, just look at Jesus Christ in Revelation 1:13-15 “clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire. And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters.”
This is Jesus Christ’s resurrected body, and we will be just like him!