The resurrection…past or future

TEXT: 2nd Timothy 2:16-19; 2nd Peter 3:3-8

2nd Timothy 2:16
“But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2nd Timothy 2:17
And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

2nd Timothy 2:18
Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

2nd Peter 3:3
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Scoffers: One who scoffs; one that mocks, derides or reproaches in the language of contempt; a scorner.

Scorner: A scoffer; a derider; in Scripture, one who scoffs at religion, its ordinances and teachers, and who makes a mock of sin and the judgments and threatenings of God against sinners.

2nd Peter 3:4
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.

2nd Peter 3:5
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

2nd Peter 3:6
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2nd Peter 3:7
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2nd Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

Some say that the resurrection is past already and some mock and scoff at the teaching that Jesus Christ will come again.

As is true with anything about God the only source of authority that we have is the word of God.

• What saith the scriptures?

The scriptures teach that the Lord Jesus Christ will return for the purpose of judgment.

2nd Timothy 4:1
“I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”

Shall judge teaches us that this event is yet in the future.

The “quick” are the saved.

Ephesians 2:1
“And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

Ephesians 2:5
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:6
And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:”

“The dead” are the lost.

Those that are dead are spiritually dead and those that have been quickened are spiritually alive.

The dead will be judged when Christ returns and then cast into the lake of fire.

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

Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

The two resurrections of the quick and the dead are separated by 1,000 years.

Revelation 20:4
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:5
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

• What is The first Resurrection?

John 11:25
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 11:26
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

In these two verses we are taught that the first resurrection has two parts to it: the dead will live, and the living will not die.

This great truth about the resurrection is clearly given in two different passages of scripture.

1st Corinthians 15:51
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

A mystery in the scripture is a mystery.

MYSTERY: That which is beyond human comprehension until explained. In this sense, mystery often conveys the idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.

What is this mystery? “…We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,”

John 11:11
“These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

John 11:12
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

John 11:13
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

John 11:14
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.”
Sleep for the believer is another word for dead physically.

1st Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1st Corinthians 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

1st Corinthians 15:54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1st Corinthians 15:55
O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

1st Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.

1st Corinthians 15:57
But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You can only have victory over death through the Lord Jesus Christ.

1st Thessalonians 4:13
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

We are told not to be ignorant of what takes place when a saved loved one dies physically.

We are to believe what the Bible says and that truth is that they do not die they just change locations.

I know that we normally teach that Enoch is a type of the believer caught up at the rapture but his translation is also a good description of what happens to a believer who dies.

Genesis 5:24
“And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.” (Hebrews 9:27)

Hebrews 11:5
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

TRANSLATED, pp. Conveyed from one place to another; removed to heaven without dying;

John 11:25
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Believers do not die; their body dies but they just change locations.

2nd Corinthians 5:8
“We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

1st Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

We who are saved believe that Jesus died and rose again.

Romans 10:9
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“…even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

The believer who has died physically and is absent from the body and present with the Lord will still be present with the Lord when the Lord steps out into the air to call us up to be with Him.

1st Thessalonians 4:15
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

The word of the Lord teaches us that we which are alive and remain on this earth when the Lord comes shall not prevent them which are asleep.

The believer who has died physically has gone up to be with the Lord.

That is, he is present with the Lord in the person of his soul.

The Lord has promised us that we will get a new body when He returns.

Philippians 3:20
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Philippians 3:21
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

We which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep means that the bodies of those who are already present with the Lord is going to be made knew at the same time we go up to be with the Lord.

1st Corinthians 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

1st Corinthians 15:54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye those who have gone on before us and we ourselves will receive our glorified body that the Lord promised to give us.

Are you ready?

1st Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1st Thessalonians 4:17
Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1st Thessalonians 4:18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

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