Death And Resurrection

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”  I Corinthians 15:51-54

Christ was invested with the right to give immortality. The life which He had laid down in humanity, He again took up and gave to humanity.  “I am come,” He says, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

All who are one with Christ through faith in Him gain an experience which is life unto eternal life. “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”  He “dwelleth in me, and I in him.” “I will raise him up at the last day.”  “Because I live, ye shall live also.”

Christ became one with humanity, that humanity might become one in Spirit and life with Him.  By virtue of this union in obedience to the word of God, his life becomes their life.  He says to the penitent, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” Death is looked upon by Christ as sleep–silence, darkness, sleep.  He speaks of it as if it were of little moment. “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me,” He says, “shall never die.”  “If a man keep my sayings, he shall never taste of death.”  “He shall never see death.”  And to the believing one, death is but a small matter. With him to die is but to sleep. “Them also which sleep in Jesus God will bring with Him.”

E. G. White, The Youth’s Instructor, August 4, 1898

There is a Bible study on this website that you may want to take a few minutes to read:  The Truth About Death


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