Things To Know Before You Go

The Resurrection Upgrade

June 26, 2022

“As a child, I took for granted that Easter meant that Jesus literally rose from the dead. I now see Easter very differently. For me, it is irrelevant whether or not the tomb was empty.”
—Marcus Borg

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…[and] we are to be pitied more than all men. (1 Corinthians 15:17,19)

“We will not be disembodied spirits in the world to come, but redeemed spirits, in redeemed bodies, in a redeemed universe.”—R. A. Torrey

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

The Hebrew word for “living being” is nephesh.
That means that the essence of what it means to be human is not just one who possesses a

spirit, but one who has both a spirit and a body.

Any views of the afterlife that settle for less than a bodily resurrection are clearly unchristian.

-It assures continuity of personality.

And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes–I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:26-27)

Redemptive Continuity.

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

(1 Corinthians 15:53)

How do we know we will be the same people? The resurrection of Jesus Christ.

…we will be like him… (1 John 3:2)
…the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20) “It is I myself.” (Luke 24:39)
Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. (John 2:19) But the temple he had spoken of was his body. (John 2:21)

“There is a one-to-one correspondence between the body of Christ that died and the body that rose.”—Hank Hanegraaff

One of Christianity’s oldest creeds affirms: All the dead shall be raised up, with the self-same bodies, and none other.

They are the same bodies God created for us, but they will be raised to greater perfection than we’ve ever known. We will experience the Resurrection Upgrade!

Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. (Luke 24:39)

…she turned toward him… (John 20:16) Come and have breakfast… (John 21:12)

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9)

“Will we know each other in Heaven?” We won’t really know each other until we get to Heaven.

“Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19)

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