Immortality is something that was given to Jesus (he didn’t previously possess it before he was resurrected from the dead by God, or he wouldn’t have obviously been able to die) and is what will be given to us as well, when we will be resurrected from the dead at his return to the earth to set up his rule and reign over all the earth. I Corinthians 15:43 says, “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.” Jesus was a mortal man, who died, and was raised immortal. Jesus was the first one to be raised from the dead to live forever, and“after that, those who are Christ’s at His coming.” I Corinthians 15:23.
- Jesus was uniquely born, by God begetting (creating) him in the womb of Mary (Luke 1:35);
- Jesus was a man when he died on the cross and a man after he was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God to be our mediator (I Timothy 2:5);
- Jesus really did die. (Romans 8:34).
- God raised Jesus up from the dead (Acts 2:32).
- Our hope isn’t that our soul will fly off down under or up to heaven, but a solid one: the resurrection of the dead (I Corinthians 15:12-14) because, sad as it is, we really will all die, and we will need to be brought back to life, awakened from the sleep of the dead.
- There will no longer be any death only when the Kingdom of God is established, the earth is made new, and when God will finally dwell with mankind (Revelation 21:4). This has yet to occur.
- The first one, at the return of Christ Jesus, of all those who belong to Jesus, and who are asleep (dead) at his return. These will be resurrected from the dead, brought back to life, just as Jesus was, to live eternally from that point on. (I Corinthians 15).
- Then there will be a second resurrection (Daniel 12:2) after Christ’s millennium rule, where the wicked and righteous [that is, those judged "righteous" who had lived during & after the millennium] will both be raised from the dead, one to a resurrection of eternal life, the other to judgment and death in the lake of fire (John 5:29; Revelation 20:4-5).
You see, the Spirit of God who “raised Jesus from the dead, will also give life to our mortal bodies, through His Spirit who indwells you.” (Romans 8:12). Our hope as believers in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, is that we will inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God. Our hope is based on being resurrected from the dead (unless we are still alive at his coming), to be changed in the twinkling of an eye, to become imperishable and immortal, to never die again.
This Sunday, at our church and I hope at yours as well, we will be teaching the basic Bible truths for which Paul was imprisoned for: Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead (Acts 24:15, 21). We will teach what Scriptures teach: That Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins. We will teach the resurrection of the dead, for without this resurrection of Jesus, and this future hope of ours, our faith is in vain. We have no hope. We have no future. We have no reason to be saved from our sins. It all hinges on the fact that Jesus really did die, that God raised him from the dead to eternal life, and that this is our hope as well.
Without it, the story is only westernized Plato folklore, that distorts what God asks us to believe and hope in and wait for. Until that day, I will stick to what Paul preached and longed for ~ that Jesus is truly the Messiah sent from God, who will return and we will be resurrected from the dead to reign with him on this earth. This is the Easter message. This is the Good News. This is the Gospel that we are to share and shout from the roof tops and proclaim with confidence and boldness. This same Jesus, who died for our sins on a cross, really truly died. Our God raised Him from the dead! We will be raised, too, and this we hope for, live for, die for.
This is our prayer: Come Lord Jesus, Come, for we are longing for this day! We are longing for the resurrection of the dead!
I Corinthians 6:14
Taken from Did Your God Die?
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men,
and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people,
and God Himself shall be among them.”
Taken from Life After Death