"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." John 5:28-29
The next message in Min. David Pawson's series on "Life After Death" addresses the resurrection:
- Just as a seed dies and then grows into a plant with a different body, we will also get a different body after the resurrection
- Our current bodies are weak and can become sick & die; they are bodies of death. But after the resurrection, all who are Christ's will be given Heavenly bodies which are supernatural and full of glory & strength.
- There be will a trumpet blast from the sky and all Christians who have died will become alive with new bodies that will never die. We who are still alive will suddenly have new bodies too, as body and spirit are reunited.
- When we question how God can resurrect a body that has decayed or even been cremated we are limiting God's almighty power.
- The evidence for the resurrection is better than for most events of history 2000 years ago.
- It is because Jesus rode from the dead with a body that the Christian can believe in the resurrection of the body.
- There will be the resurrection of the Just and the Unjust.
- The Just are those who are accepted by God as being worthy of living with Him forever; those who are "justified".
- The Unjust are those who are not pardoned.
- The resurrection of the Unjust (the 1st resurrection) is not at the same time as the resurrection of the Just, but some time afterwards (the 2nd resurrection).
- The body we receive in the resurrection will be related to our current ones, but different.
- If the Just receive a body that reflects the glory of their real life in Christ, then the Unjust will be given a body of that reflects the state of their selfish, sinful character. In the saint the beauty of Christ begins to show in the resurrected body; in the sinner the horror of Satan begins to show in the resurrected body (Daniel 12:2).
- The moment you are born, you begin to die. We are all a dying people.
- We rise from the dead to make judgment possible, both of reward & punishment.