15. God’s Revelation Through Paul
The Resurrection Of The Dead In Christ.
1 Corinthians15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ's at His coming.
God through Paul gives us the order in which the dead will be resurrected. Firstly Christ who is the firstfruits (because of Matthew’s account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is possible that this resurrection also included the 24 elders), then when Jesus Christ comes again, those who are Christ’s will be resurrected. These are the only two days given by Paul, for the resurrection of the saints.
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed- - - - - - 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
From this passage we learn that we will not all die. But in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sounding of the last trumpet, we will all be changed, from that which is perishable, into that which is imperishable. If we are all going to be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, then we must all be raised on one specific day.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18, Paul writes;
1Thessalonians 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again; in like manner God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not by any means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from the sky with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
So at the sounding of the last trumpet, first the dead in Christ shall be raised from the dead. Then we shall all be caught up together to meet with Jesus Christ in the clouds.
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