Memory Verse: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:” (Job 19:25-26).
INTRODUCTION: “Christians can never see each other for the last time. Although they may be separated by years of time, distance of miles, or the shadow of death, they know that they will meet again because they have the promise of resurrection to immortality. The believer’s blessed hope is to be raised from the dead to immortality when Jesus comes.”
“What will believers be like after they have been made immortal? Will they be transformed into angels? Will they have bodies? If they have bodies, will they be immaterial, invisible, and ghostly? Will the redeemed become like some science fiction mythical creature from another solar system? Will they be reincarnated in another person? Speculation is unneeded. The Bible reveals what immortal believers will be like. In immortality, believers will have real, literal material bodies of flesh and bones. They will be like the glorified Christ. ‘We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is’ (1 John 3:2). He ‘shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body’ (Philippians 3:21).”
“One can know what Christians will be like in immortality by knowing what Christ is like. After His resurrection, Jesus had the same body He had before He died, except it had been changed from mortality to immortality. When Jesus appeared to His disciples, they recognized Him as their beloved Master who had risen from the dead. During the forty days between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to His disciples many times and revealed Himself in His resurrection nature. He wanted the disciples to know that He had really risen from the grave and that He had a real body. He told them that He was not immaterial, indistinct, and ghostly, but that He had a real body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:36-39). The disciples saw Him (Luke 24:40) and touched Him (Luke 24:39). He walked among them and talked with them. He ate fish and honey in their presence. He showed them the nail prints in His hands and feet.
“When believers become immortal in the first resurrection, they, too, will have real bodies. They will be able to walk and talk; they will recognize one another and will be reunited with loved ones. Suﬀering, sorrow, and sadness will be removed. The redeemed will have eternal joy in God’s perfect eternity. God’s plan of salvation for believers includes not a redemption from the body, but a redemption of the body. The believer’s body will not be exchanged; it will be changed. Christians will be glorified, not apart from their bodies in some indistinct, misty, immaterial condition, but in their bodies which will be transformed from mortality to immortality” (Alva Huﬀer, Systematic Theology, The Restitution Herald: Oregon, Illinois, 1969, p. 501, 510, 511).
- What assurance do we have that there will be a resurrection? John 14:1-3, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23.
- What will be the order in the resurrection? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
- Will everybody that has ever lived be resurrected? 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10. What two divisions will there be in the resurrection? John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15.
- Will we have physical bodies in the resurrection? Job 19:25-27; Luke 24:36-39. What kind of body will we have? 1 John 3:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44.
- Will we recognize each other after the resurrection? Luke 13:28-29; 1 Corinthians 13:12.
- Why is the resurrection so important? 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
- How many resurrections will there be? Revelation 20:1-6. How many years separate them? Revelation 20:5.
- What will happen to the living saints when Jesus returns? 1 Corinthians 15:51-54.
- What class of persons will be raised in the first resurrection? Revelation 20:4.