Saturday, February 20, 2010
"One of these days the graves are going to give up their dead"
"Where do you get that?" The man sitting across from me had been passing comment on the faith foundations listed in Hebrews 6:
1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3And this will we do, if God permit.
He noted that the words were "resurrection of the dead" and not resurrection of the body. He could see the spirit journey to Heaven to meet Jesus as such a resurrection. He saw no literal promise here of some re-mix of the body out of its place of rest. He looked for no rapture of the faithful to meet the Lord; neither a pending physical Second Coming of Jesus to our beleaguered planet.
But what of Philippians 3?
21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his (Christ's) glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
And what of 1 Corinthians 15?
37And 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:
38But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
And what of Colossians 1?
18And 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.
Let us repeat: "One of these days the graves are going to give up their dead"
Hard to comprehend? Frequently, so is our God. Our hope is to follow in the likeness of Jesus - here and hereafter.
(Painting by Meredith Blank)