Resurrection for Eternal Life or Perpetual Contempt

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:2

The greatest hope of the believer in Christ is the hope of resurrection. In the days of the early church, many Christians gladly accepted martyrdom because they never doubted Jesus’ words in John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. In Daniel 12:2 we see that there will be resurrection for those who have died, but some will be raised to eternal life while others will do it for everlasting contempt, that is, to eternal death.

In John 5:28-29 says the Lord: Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. What does John 5:28-29 is a confirmation of Daniel 12:2. Now, what does it mean to do well? In Luke 10:42, But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. He gave this reply when Martha complained that her sister Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to His Word.

Therefore, do good for God is listening and obeying His Word. There are people who demand detailed explanations to God before lifting a finger in obedience. Who has undergone military training knows that to fulfill orders are not to discuss them. And if it is on a plane where your boss is an imperfect human being whose guidelines could be wrong, we have no reason to dispute the orders of a good God, just and perfect.

Good thing that Mary chose and which will not be taken away is the Word of God. And the good news of the gospel can be summarized in the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Believing in Jesus is to do good; it is what guarantees the resurrection to eternal life.

The backbone of Christianity is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. While His death gave us a chance to be redeemed from sin, His resurrection gives us the great hope of also being raised from the dead to live forever with Him. In Romans. 6:5, the apostle Paul says: For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. That’s why a true believer in Christ is not afraid to die because he believes will be raised to eternal life.

The book of Revelation describes the wonderful time of the resurrection of the dead in Christ. Revelation 20:4-6 says: And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. And all this will be fulfilled soon. God bless you.

Our Great Hope in Christ

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

It’s really inspiring to read the book of Acts and see how the early Christians accepted unabashedly all mistreatment to which they were subjected. They believed with blind faith the words of Jesus in John 11:25-26. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the resurrection of our Lord, and other knew by reference from eyewitness; but all believed to exactly that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life.

Since the days of the early church, true Christians have not felt any fear of facing physical death. The safety of the Lord’s words that whoever believes in Him will live even though he dies motivates them to have hope even after death. Believing that resurrected is our great hope in Christ. There is little doubt that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the backbone of Christianity. As 1 Corinthians 15:14 says: and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

We must be very clear on what the fundamentals of our faith are. What sets the Christian followers of other faiths is that our leader, Jesus Christ, does not lie in a cold grave. His body is not buried anywhere because He defeated death and if He overcame, we also will win. As it is written: But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-21).

It is unfortunate that the powerful message of the gospel has been altered by some preachers. The adulteration of the gospel has caused that many people walk confused and seek God with wrong intentions. No way you can visualize God as a Stock Exchange broker that multiplies a hundredfold what you have “sowed” in His Kingdom. Nor is it true that all our problems will be solved as if by magic when we give our lives to Christ.

The Lord left set very clear that you cannot serve both God and mammon. He also warned that we would afflictions in the world, which means that we would have problems. What then is what should motivate us to follow Him? It should not be by earthly treasures which are lost. Nor because we are in a glass bubble without the world’s problem affecting us.

The reason to follow Christ must be something more transcendent, something that goes beyond the boundaries of the world we know. That reason is the assurance that if we believe in Him we will live even when death take away our lives. But more important than that is the security of having eternal life with Him. And certainly that’s an abundant life, no debt, no sickness, no pain, no worry, no fear, living forever in the house of our Heavenly Father. God bless you.