by Dr. Charles Stanley
The Resurrection Body
The apostle Paul’s systematic rebuttal to the heresy in the Corinthian church contains three major parts. We first learned the hopeless attitude that is inevitable for a believer denying the Resurrection — life has little meaning if death is truly the end. The second lesson explained that believers share in Christ’s resurrection, return, and reign. Finally, we will now be turning our attention to see how God wants people to respond when they hear that Jesus died and rose again.
The Lord desires that every person be saved (2 Peter 3:9). Upon death, those who have chosen to disregard Christ and the Resurrection will not instantly turn to ashes while Christians head for heaven; all souls are subject to the final trumpet call. Unbelievers’ bodies will one day rise from the grave, too — standing before God to face judgment, they will be condemned for unbelief and sent to torment (Daniel 12:2).
Many people deny the Resurrection in an attempt to ignore the approaching day of accountability. They say, “A loving God would not send anyone to hell.” No, the Lord does not condemn people to everlasting torment, but rather works tirelessly to draw their attention to Himself and move them off the path to eternal destruction. Unbelievers condemn themselves by refusing the Lord’s salvation gift.
Believers, who accept Christ’s gift, experience a far different eternity. Resurrection is the promise of new life — our bodies will be renewed, and we’ll enjoy the continuous presence of holy God. There is no existence superior to the one spent in constant fellowship with our loving Father.
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