MONDAY July 30, 2018
Hope of Eternal life
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
I Corinthians 15:20-21
Paul, through his own personal witness and the Scriptures, had given to the Corinthians the assurance that Christ was not in the grave––the Resurrection was not a myth––Christ was risen!
Romans 5:12-20 explains to us how death came through Adam’s sin but eternal life came through Christ. Eternal life is a present gift, but the believer enters into the fullness of it when they die.
Understand that in the Old Testament, everyone who died went to Hades where there where two separate compartments, one side of torment, and the other of comfort called Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16).
In the New Testament, after Jesus died on the cross, He went down into hell, and those captive on the side of Abraham’s bosom, He set free! The saints of old, who died before the cross, were taken to heaven. Then hell became one massive place. Ephesians 4:8-10 gives to us the explanation:
“When He [Jesus Christ] ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
Jesus made a change, anyone who died after the Cross went to heaven immediately, as Paul says in (2 Corinthians 5:8). Do you see how important it is to grasp the Scriptures?
We may positively state that nobody has made any progress in the school of Christ, unless he cheerfully looks forward towards the day of his death, and towards the day of the final resurrection.
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