“The hope of being dead is reflection”
In the last series we look at another principle of the doctrine of Christ which was LAYING ON OF HANDS and we discussed how it was in the Old and the New Covenant. We saw that through it, Joshua was full of the Spirit of wisdom because Moses had lay hands on him. It always requires a higher authority to do this and we saw that Timothy also received gifts of the Spirit because the elders of the church laid hands on him. We shall continue in this by looking through
- RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore 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,
6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and OF RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, and of eternal judgment.
One of the big problem the church would have had is if Jesus has never resurrected from the dead. In fact some believers said or argued it that Jesus never rose again, that there is nothing called resurrection from the dead. The truth is, if He never rose then our faith will not be true and those that are dead will all perish and we shall be in our sins and be owned by the devil. We can’t understand the resurrection of the dead without looking at Jesus Who died and rose again. Scriptures was clear
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
Scriptures was clear that He actually died and then He rose again
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED for our sins according to the scriptures;
15:4 And that HE WAS BURIED, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY according to the scriptures:
So we understand that by this He became the first begotten of the dead and the first fruit of them that sleep
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,
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT.
We understand that what raised Him up when He died was the operation of God.
Colossians 2:12 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.
The hope of the dead in Christ is resurrection and scripture was clear that we shall be raised up from the dead as Jesus was being raised from the dead.
1 Corinthians 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and WILL ALSO RAISE UP US BY HIS OWN POWER.
We have to do this in other to ensure that this article is not long, so in the next series we shall look at THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION