Grace Bible Church

Basic Training in Doctrine

The Doctrine of Resurrection.

Point 1. Definition.

a. There is resuscitation which means a person returns from the dead in a body of corruption and eventually dies again.

b. There is resurrection which means a person returns from the dead in a body of incorruption and never dies again.

Death is abolished with the possession of the resurrection body.

The sign of our Lord’s strategic victory was His resurrection, ascension and session at the right hand of the Father.

Point 2. The Sovereignty of God and Physical Death.

The death of the believer is always a matter of the wisdom, integrity , and sovereignty of God.

Point 3. The Resurrection of Christ: the Pattern for the First Resurrection.

a. Alpha Company: the resurrection of Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, for He is “the first fruits of them that slept.” Mat 28; Mar 16; Luk 24;
Joh 20‑21; ACT 2:31‑34.

b. Bravo Company: the resurrection of the royal family of God at the end of the great power experiment of the Church Age,
JOH 14:1‑3; PHI 3:20‑21; 1CO 15:51‑57; 1TH 4:13‑18; 1JO 3:1‑2.

c. Charlie Company: the resurrection of the Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation and the Second Advent, DAN 12:13; ISA 26:19‑20; MAT 24:31; REV 20:4.

d. Delta Company: the resurrection of the millennial saints at the end of the Millennium.

1. For believers only: resurrection to eternal life. The resurrection body is eternal and permanent, superior to that of angelic creatures, DAN 12:2; JOH 5:24‑29; 1CO 15:20‑22; REV 20:6,13.

2. For unbelievers only: resurrection and cast into the lake of fire forever, MAT 25:41; 1CO 15:24; REV 20:5‑15.

a. The first Christocentric dispensation is the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.

b. The second is the great power experiment of the Church Age.

Point 4. Physical Death is the prerequisite for Resurrection.

Point 5. The Significance of the Resurrection as the Lord’s Victory.

Point 6. Resurrection is the Lord’s Victory,
1CO 15:55-56.

“Sin” here, the imputation of Adam’s sin at physical birth, has two results: real spiritual death and subsequent physical death.

This is in compliance with GEN 2:17, in which God warned Adam, “The day you eat from this tree, dying thou shalt die.”

The Mosaic Law defines and reveals personal sin: 1 Tim 1:8-10.

Point 7. The Grace of God and Resurrection,
1CO 15:57.

Until our Lord went to the cross and achieved the strategic victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, no one could be resurrected.

In the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, Jesus Christ died physically on the cross, was resurrected by the omnipotence of God the Father and omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, ascended, and sat at the Father’s right hand.

The positive believer, through PMA of BD, can have control over his life as a function of his own volition.

While the believer has control over whether he is a winner or loser in time, he has no control over two factors: the time, place, and manner of his death, and the time of the Rapture of the Church.

Point 8. Summary of Grace and Resurrection.

When we die, our soul and spirit are absent from the body and face to face with the Lord in a state of perfect happiness until the resurrection occurs.

1CO 15:57 “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Greek word GINOMAI means to become something you were not before.

To “become stabilized” means you have the right to use your own volition to execute and fulfill the plan of God.

The apposition, “not distracted,” which is translated immovable more clearly defines what it means to become stabilized.

And always abounding in the work of the Lord means “to excel” to be outstanding, to become an invisible hero.

It is called “your toil or labor” because you use your volition during this time on earth.

Point 10. Resurrection and the Omnipotence of God.

Our first birth is natural generation, in which God the Father creates human life and imputes it to the soul at birth.

The second birth is regeneration, by which God the Holy Spirit creates from His omnipotence a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life by God the Father.

The power that sustained the humanity of Christ on the cross and gave Him the enablement, the endurance to bear our sins, is the same power made available to us for the fulfillment of the PPOG.

The power that resurrected Christ from the dead is the same power delegated and made available to every Church Age believer for the fulfillment of the PPOG.

The royal family of God is designed and empowered to glorify God.

His body went into the grave.

His human spirit went into the presence of God the Father in the third heaven.

His human soul went into the first compartment of Hades, Paradise, where all the Old Testament believers resided until the resurrection of Christ.

Being face to face implies that we have a recognizable interim body in heaven until the Rapture.

When the work of salvation was finished, our Lord said to the Father, LUK 23:46 “Father, into Thy hands I dismiss My spirit,”

That’s why He said to the dying thief in LUK 23:43 “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

PSA 16:10 prophesied, “You will not leave my soul in Hades.”

ACT 2:27 “His soul came out of Hades.”

While He was there, according to 1PE 3:18-21, the Holy Spirit guarded the soul of our Lord in Hades.

So just as our Lord’s spiritual death was unique – He was judged for all of our sins – , so His physical death was unique: He had a trichotomous separation.

God the Father is said to be the agent of the resurrection. EPH 1:20. COL 2:12, 1TH 1:10, ROM 6:4, and 1PE 1:21 all say that God the Father raised Him from the dead.

But Scripture also says the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead, as in Acts 2:24, ROM 1:4, ROM 8:11, and1PE 3:18.

1 Pet 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

And God the Son is said to be the agent in resurrection in JOH 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

At the resurrection, the omnipotence of the Father sent our Lord’s human spirit through billions and billions of light years of space to His body in the tomb.

Simultaneously, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit returned His human soul from Hades to His body.

Acts 2:31 “He [David] looking ahead spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that He was neither abandoned in Hades nor did His flesh see decay.”

ROM 6:4 “Therefore, we have been buried with Him [Christ] through baptism into death [baptism of the Spirit] in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

2CO 13:4 “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness [ours], yet He lives because of the power of God.”

PHI 3:10 “that I may come to know Him and the power of His resurrection.”

The same divine omnipotence becomes the mechanics for the two great events of history: the execution of the PPOG and the Rapture of the Church.

1JO 5:11-12 “In fact, this is the deposition: that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has this eternal life. He who does not have the Son does not have eternal life.”

And in verse 4 an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled is an inheritance based on divine power rather than human power, on God’s grace rather than human accomplishment.

And in verse 5, we are kept by the power of God because the power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power that provides eternal security for every believer, winner or loser.

The “deliverance” here in verse 5 refers to the resurrection of the Church, effected by the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit.

1PE 3:18, “Because Christ also once died with reference to sins, the righteous on behalf of the unrighteous, in order that He might bring us to God; on the one hand, having died physically, but on the other hand, having been made alive by means of the Holy Spirit.”

PHI 3:10 “that I may come to know Him and the power of His resurrection.”

Point 11. Old Testament Illustrations of Resurrection.

DAN 12:2, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, those to everlasting life, and that is the first resurrection, but others to disgrace and everlasting shame.”

Job turned to the doctrine of resurrection for comfort in his suffering, “And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will rise up from the dust.”

REV 21:2, “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride dressed for her husband”.

Living in a tent was his testimony that God’s promise was more real to him than what everyone else thought or said, and Abraham was the wealthiest man of his time.

Point 12. Resurrection is a part of the Gospel, 1CO 15:1-4. .

Point 13. The importance of the Resurrection related to Faith in Christ, 1CO 15:12-17.

Point 14. Resurrection emphasizes the difference between
a theophany and
a Christophany.

A theophany is an appearance of Christ prior to the First Advent and can be as an animate person or inanimate thing.

A Christophany is an appearance of Christ after His bodily resurrection, MAR 16:9-14; LUK 24:13-43; Acts 2:32.

Jesus Christ called Himself a man, John 8:40.

Jesus Christ called Himself a man, John 8:40.

Point 1. Definition.

HEB 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

The Bible says that Jesus was a man, PHI 2:7-8.




Point 9. Your Challenge in Application of Resurrection,
1CO 15:58.

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