1.) The Firstfruits Resurrection! 2.) The Regenerating Resurrection! 3.) The Resurrection of the Just and Unjust in the Last Day! 4.) What about us today?
What we have in Fundamental Christian Eschatology today is a mentality of a physical body that will someday resurrect in a physical bodily form. This is a foundational theology of over 90% of all professed Christianity. Yet, Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no evidence at all to suggest that our physical bodies will rise out of the ground along with our souls. We must investigate all Scripture to insure proper understanding, and utilize both the Old and the New to get a comprehensive perspective of this foundation. Remember this: If it to be presented in the New, there must be a foundation in the Old. It is apparent that the lateralization of the Scripture plays a huge part of this formalized doctrine that so many have clave to. So, let’s begin to look at as many Scriptural verses that pertain unto the Resurrection, and be able to answer: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How!
1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Jesus Christ was and is the firstfruits of the resurrection, the first to resurrect out of the grave. His resurrection, along with the other saints who came out of the graves, were the firstfruit resurrection referred to in the Old Covenant as the ‘firstfruit wave offering’ found in Leviticus 23. Scripture shows the physical firstfruit wave offering as the only resurrection of physical bodies. Leviticus 23 points distinctly from the physical of Jesus Christ to the spiritual on the day of Pentecost.
Clearly, most if not all commentary scholars, agree the wave offering of Leviticus 23 points to the day of Pentecost. What is the connection between the firstfruit wave offering and Pentecost? It is Jesus Christ being the firstfruit wave offering, He is the first physical resurrection in appearance, and unto the significant spiritual resurrection with the firstfruit of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The following outline establishes the three elements of the resurrection.
A.) 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. B.) Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. C.) Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. D.) Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,… E.) Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. F.) 1 Corinthians 15:4-8 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
These verses show without a doubt, Jesus Christ was the firstfruit of the resurrection. He was the first to come out of the grave, and it was physically, being the firstfruit. According to levitical law, it was the only sacrificial offering visibly waved before all. It was the firstfruit The next scriptures show this levitical wave offering was afterward directed unto the fiftieth day of Pentecost. The connection is of a spiritual nature pertaining to the resurrection of the dead in Acts 2.
A.) Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. B.) John 5:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. C.) Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. D.) Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Death, Burial, and Resurrection! E.) Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; F.) Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: G.) Colossians 2:12-13 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the FAITH of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
I.) Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. J.) John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? K.) Matthew 22:31-32 (The Sadducees came to Him) But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. L.) 1 Corinthians 15:21 (Past tense) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. M.) 1 Corinthians 15:22-23(Past/PresentFuture) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: N.) Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. O.) 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
P.) 1 Corinthians 15:35-37 (Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus) But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: (Sow Physical Body) Death of seed, Casting off of outer to ground, then inner goes up! Q.) 1 Cor 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: R.) 1 Cor 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. S.) 1 Cor 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. T.) 1 Cor 15: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. U.) 1 Cor 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. Phil 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
V.) 1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: W.) Ezek 37: And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD. X.) Rev 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.
Y.) Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Low Estate 1.) Phil 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like Honour/Dignity - unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 2.) 1 Thess 4: 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. 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: NT:726Harpazo 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. Nt:109 Aer 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.