20th May 2013

So In Christ All Will Be Made Alive 

 “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIV)

I recently lost my mother, who, although she would watch ‘Songs of Praise’, never really committed her life to Christ. 

How many Christians worry about those who are currently not saved? Are those who never heard or understood the Gospel in this age lost forever? Would an all loving God allow so many to simply slip through His fingers only to end up in hell? 

There is an order for resurrections; yes, there is more than one resurrection. “But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to Him.” (1 Cor. 15:23). Clearly, those who have come to know Christ in this present age will be resurrected first. Continuing in 1 Corinthians 15, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound , the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality” (v. 51-53). However these verses only apply to those who are, or have been, in Christ. 

So, then, what of those who haven’t had their hearts and minds open to the gospel? This would include the vast majority of those who have ever lived. Ezekiel 37 is a whole chapter dedicated to those who have lived and died not knowing Christ! “This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (v. 5-6). 

This is a resurrection for those who died originally without a knowledge of Christ who now have their opportunity for their minds to be opened to the Gospel and live godly lives. “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years had ended.) This is the first resurrection.” (Rev. 20:4-5). Note that the rest, those having died without Christ, were appointed a later resurrection. Continuing in Revelation 20:11-12: “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 

God has a plan for each and every one of us, “…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). 

Loving Heavenly Father, thank you that you are all merciful, wishing that all should come to repentance, accepting Christ as Saviour. Comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones that they will come to know they will live again. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Paul Bartlett


 paulbartlettAbout the Author:
Paul Bartlett attends the Exeter Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Exeter
America Hall
De La Rue Way

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Mike Barlow
Phone: -1363-774343
Email: mikebarlow234@btinternet.com

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