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The Resurrection of the Just and Unjust (9 of 11)
The Second Advent
I Corinthians 15:22-24
In this chapter we have the answer to the question which the apostle says "some man will say, How are the dead raised up?" (1 Cor. 15:35). And we are taught (v. 38) that the answer to all such inquiries is the gift of God, and the power of God.
When the Sadducees put their question concerning the resurrection, Jesus said "ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matt. 22:29).
This is indeed the answer to all our questions and the solution of all our doubts.
When Nicodemus asked, "How can these things be?" The answer was "God so loved the world, that he gave," (John 3:9, 16). When the woman of Samaria asked, "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me?" The answer was, "If thou knewest the gift of God . . . thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water" (John 4:9-10, italics mine). And so here, when one asks, "How are the dead raised up?" The answer is, "God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him" (italics mine). All our inquiries are met, and all our difficulties are removed by the Word of God and by the power of God. Faith in this Word and in this power can alone deal with this and all other mysteries, whether they be incarnation, advent, or resurrection. When the apostles used their reason, instead of faith in God's revelation, they failed to understand the plainest of Christ's prophetic statements. When Paul stood on Mars' Hill and spoke of "the resurrection of the dead," we read that some reasoned and "mocked," while others "believed" and "clave unto him."
We stop not now, however, to speak of resurrection as a fact; for all Christian creeds confess it and assert it. But, rather, we desire to learn what the Scriptures reveal concerning the eras of resurrection, and the order in which that wondrous event shall take place.
In our text, first the assertion is made that as all in ...
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