A Biblical Exposition Of The Different Resurrections Of The Dead, And Their Implications For The Eternal Destiny Of The Soul

(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New International Version).

The resurrection of the dead is a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith. Without the resurrection, there can be no redemption/salvation for mankind. The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is predicated on the fact that the soul of man does not die at death, being made in the image and likeness of the immortal God. The soul only sheds the garment of flesh it wears at the end of life on earth, as it goes to a new abode. The body decays and disintegrates at death because it is made of the dust of the earth. However, the dead bodies of all people will be resurrected one day, to reunite with their departed souls, so that each person will stand before God in judgement for deeds done while alive on earth. Thus, there’s the promise of resurrection for everyone, whether we want it or not!

1 Corinthians 15:12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

1 Corinthians 15:15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.

1 Corinthians 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

1 Corinthians 15:18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.

1 Corinthians 15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

1 Corinthians 15:24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

1 Corinthians 15:34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God —I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”

1 Corinthians 15:36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

1 Corinthians 15:37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

1 Corinthians 15:38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.

1 Corinthians 15:39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.

1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.

1 Corinthians 15:41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

1 Corinthians 15:42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;

1 Corinthians 15:43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;

1 Corinthians 15:44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

1 Corinthians 15:50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

1 Corinthians 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed —

1 Corinthians 15:52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Corinthians 15:53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

1 Corinthians 15:54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Although every dead person will arise in the resurrection, all dead people will not arise at the same time, and the different timings of the different resurrections of the dead have implications for the final destiny of the soul. In this study, we shall examine the Scriptures to understand the different types of resurrections of the dead, their timings, as well as the implications of each type of resurrection for eternal life and eternal damnation.

To begin with, the Bible teaches that all dead people will arise someday. Death is not the end of an individual, but a transition to another world. When a person dies, the soul separates from the body and goes to either paradise or hell, depending on the person’s relationship with God. The body, which is made of the dust of the earth, decays, disintegrates and returns back to its elemental components. However, at the end of the ages, the bodies of all dead people will arise from the dust of the earth, to reunite with their departed souls, in order for each person to stand before God and give an account of the lives they lived while on earth. Death does not wipe out our accounts here on earth! God’s justice system does not end at death! In fact, God’s judgement is deliberately delayed until the end of each person’s life, and will take place at the end of the ages. How sober should that knowledge make us as we live our lives here?! If we know we must give an account of our lives at end of it all, to a God who will judge us according to our deeds, shouldn’t that make us live our lives on earth with fear and trembling, knowing a day of reckoning is coming, even for deeds done in secret that nobody else knew about? Yes, God sees the things done by each person in the dark, and he will bring every secret work into light, and reward each person accordingly.

St. Matthew 22:23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

St. Matthew 22:24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.

St. Matthew 22:25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.

St. Matthew 22:26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.

St. Matthew 22:27 Finally, the woman died.

St. Matthew 22:28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

St. Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

St. Matthew 22:30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

St. Matthew 22:31 But about the resurrection of the dead —have you not read what God said to you,

St. Matthew 22:32 ’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

St. John 11:17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

St. John 11:18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,

St. John 11:19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

St. John 11:20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

St. John 11:21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

St. John 11:22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

St. John 11:23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

St. John 11:24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

St. John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

St. John 11:26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

St. John 11:27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

St. John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

St. John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.

St. John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

St. John 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,

St. John 5:23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

St. John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

St. John 5:25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.

St. John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

St. John 5:27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

St. John 5:28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice

St. John 5:29 and come out —those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.

The Acts 24:14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,

The Acts 24:15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

The Acts 24:16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

St. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

St. Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

St. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

St. Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Revelation 22:10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.

Revelation 22:11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Revelation 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

Romans 2:6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

Romans 2:7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Romans 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 2:9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;

Romans 2:10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism.

Romans 2:12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.

Romans 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

Romans 2:14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.

Romans 2:15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)

Romans 2:16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

The Scriptures describe two types of resurrections, based on the order in which they occur and the type of people involved. First, there is the first resurrection, or the resurrection of the just/righteous. It involves the resurrection of all the righteous dead – all those who died in right standing with God, from Adam to the last saint before the second coming of Christ. Although some saints will arise before other saints, depending on certain chronological events, all the righteous dead will arise within a time frame, before the resurrection of the wicked dead. In fact, some dead saints have already experienced the resurrection of their bodies, and are now in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ in their resurrected bodies. They arose from the dead following Christ’s resurrection, and ascended with him to heaven during his ascension. These are the first categories of saints to go in the first resurrection.

St. Luke 14:12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.

St. Luke 14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

St. Luke 14:14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

St. Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

St. Matthew 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

St. Matthew 27:52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

St. Matthew 27:53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Ephesians 4:8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”

Ephesians 4:9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?

Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

The next category of the righteous to experience the first resurrection will be those saints who died in Christ between Christ’s ascension and his coming in the rapture. They will arise first, before the living saints at that time will undergo transformation of their own bodies to meet the Lord in the air. Thus, the dead in Christ at the time of the rapture will be the second category of believers to go in the first resurrection. That is why believers in Christ are enjoined not to mourn over dead saints like the people of the world who have no hope beyond life on earth here. Our hope as Christians is not only in this life. If it were, we would be the most miserable of people! If we judge success or achievements in this life as the only reward of our faith in God, then we would be frustrated. There is life hereafter, where the true and eternal rewards of service to God will be given to faithful servants! Whatever we enjoy or suffer here now cannot be compared with the glory to be revealed hereafter!

1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Corinthians 15:19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being (CEB).

St. Mark 10:28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

St. Mark 10:29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel

St. Mark 10:30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields —along with persecutions —and in the age to come eternal life.

After the rapture of the saints, there will be a short period of time (seven years) during which the Anti-christ (the Beast) will have his reign of evil on earth. It will be at this time that Israel as a nation will come to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah. The Anti-christ will fiercely persecute the Jewish believers and other Gentile believers on earth at this time, and will kill some of them. All the believers in Christ who will die during the reign of the Anti-christ, while the main body of believers are in heaven with Christ in the marriage supper of the Lamb, will also undergo resurrection of their bodies, to join up with the rest of the saints in heaven. This is still part of the first resurrection. In fact, it will be the last part of the first resurrection. This closes the door to the first resurrection, because at the end of the seven-year reign of the Anti-christ, Christ will return with all the resurrected saints to defeat the Anti-christ and establish his millennial reign on earth. During the millennial reign of Christ, there will be no further resurrection of the dead. The first resurrection would have come to an end. The rest of the dead (the wicked dead in hell) will not rise until at the end of the millennial rule of Christ.

Revelation 11:1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.

Revelation 11:2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

Revelation 11:3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Revelation 11:4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”

Revelation 11:5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

Revelation 11:6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

Revelation 11:7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

Revelation 11:8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city —which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt —where also their Lord was crucified.

Revelation 11:9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.

Revelation 11:10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

Revelation 11:12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

Revelation 7:10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Revelation 7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

Revelation 7:12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Revelation 7:13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes —who are they, and where did they come from?”

Revelation 7:14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 7:15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

Revelation 7:16 ’Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat.

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ’he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ’And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ “

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.

Revelation 20:2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

At the end of the 1000 years of Christ’s rule on earth, Satan will finally be thrown into the lake of fire, having been given his last chance to deceive the nations and finish his ministry. Thereafter, the judgement of God for sinful men will take place. All the rest of the dead yet to resurrect at this time will now arise. This will be the second resurrection. It is also called the resurrection of the unjust/wicked. All those in hell will be partakers of this resurrection. This is an ominous resurrection, because all those who take part in it will face God’s judgement for sin, having rejected his mercy and salvation during their lifetime on earth. They will stand before Christ and be judged according to their works. But, their works will not be able to save them, because no man’s works, outside of Christ’s merit and sacrifice, can procure salvation for the soul or justification before God, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Only faith in Christ’s redemptive work at Calvary can save any man. But those standing before Christ in judgement following the second resurrection rejected God’s provided way of salvation in their lifetime. They rejected God’s mercy, and will now have to contend with his wrath. The book of life will be opened to see if the names of those standing in judgement can be found therein, for only those whose names are in the book of life will escape the second death, which is the penalty for those found guilty in this final judgement for sin. Alas! To the consternation of those standing in judgement before God, their names are missing from the book of life, for only those who had a faith relationship with God while on earth (and were thus saved) have their names written in the book of life! Then comes the final verdict and pronouncement of divine judgement- all whose names are not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. The second death in the lake of fire is thus the ultimate end of all those who come up in the second resurrection. No wonder the Bible describes those who come up in the first resurrection as “blessed and holy“, for the second death has no power over them. None of those who come up in the first resurrection will come to the second death in the lake of fire, because they were saved in their lifetime by trusting in God’s salvation and having faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. They will never come to judgement for sin nor to the second death, since they already possess eternal life, having passed from death to life by accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (AKJV).

St. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

St. John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

St. John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

St. John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

St. John 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

St. John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

St. John 3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

St. John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Galatians 2:16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

Romans 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter?

Romans 4:2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about —but not before God.

Romans 4:3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 4:4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.

Romans 4:5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Romans 4:6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Romans 4:7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Romans 4:8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —

Ephesians 2:9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

In conclusion, the resurrection of the dead is a universal hope and promise for all mankind. All dead people will rise again at the end of the ages. However, while some will rise to eternal life and glory, others will arise to everlasting shame and contempt. The resurrection of the righteous/just will take place first, and is thus called the first resurrection. It encompasses the resurrection of all righteous men and women, from the resurrection of Christ, to the second coming of Christ. All those who take part in the first resurrection will enter into eternal life and glory, and will escape the second death in the lake of fire. The wicked will also experience a resurrection from the dead, after the resurrection of the just. This is the second resurrection, the purpose of which is to enable unrepentant sinners undergo judgement for their unremitted sins. Those wicked souls in hell who come up in the second resurrection will end up in the lake of fire, which is the second death, for they cannot escape the judgement of God, having rejected God’s mercy and salvation in their lifetime. By not being part of the first resurrection, all those in the second resurrection will automatically be cast into the lake of fire. Thus, sinners will only be resurrected to be condemned and to experience everlasting shame and contempt. May we all then, like the apostle Paul, strive to be in first resurrection (the resurrection out of the dead), for only those who take part in the first resurrection will experience everlasting life and glory. To be in the first resurrection, we must make peace with God, through his Son Jesus Christ, and be born again and remain so to the end. That is the only way to escape the second death in the lake of fire.

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss because of Christ.

Philippians 3:8 But, nay, rather I also count all things to be loss because of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them to be trash, that I might gain Christ

Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness of Law, but through the faith of Christ, having the righteousness of God on faith,

Philippians 3:10 to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, having been conformed to His death,

Philippians 3:11 if somehow I may attain to a resurrection out of the dead

Philippians 3:12 Not that I already received or already have been perfected, but I press on, if I also may lay hold, inasmuch as I also was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold, but one thing I do , forgetting the things behind, and stretching forward to those things before,

Philippians 3:14 I press on after the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (LITV).

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi Emmanuel Ojo

Dr Ojo is a Biblical scholar and teacher who believes firmly in the original Apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian doctrine and conduct.

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