The Believer’s Resurrection -- By: Charles Fred Lincoln

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 113:449 (Jan 1956)
Article: The Believer’s Resurrection
Author: Charles Fred Lincoln


The Believer’s Resurrection

C. F. Lincoln

The fact that the physical body of each human being will “live again” or be resurrected from the grave is affirmed by Holy Scripture. The Apostle Paul, expressing the testimony of revelation, affirmed it: “…there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust” (Acts 24:15). The Lord Jesus made a similar declaration: “…all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28–29). The resurrections of the just and of the unjust, however, are separated by a period of time, which fact is revealed in this Scripture: they “…that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus…lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection…on such the second death hath no power…and the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Rev 20:4–6, 11–15).

This passage from Revelation speaks of the last stage of the “first resurrection.” It takes place at the time of the coming of Christ to set up His millennial reign and its subjects are the martyrs of the tribulation period. However, seven years earlier, before the tribulation period, the initial stage of the “first resurrection” will have taken place at the coming of the Lord into the air, when those “dead in Christ” at that time “shall rise” (1 Thess 4:16). Only the redeemed

have part in the “first resurrection” and it is accomplished by stages within a period of seven years.

This study has to do with the resurrection of the saved only, though we have thought it well to cite some of the Scriptures which establish the fact of the resurrection of all human beings.

In general the believer is seen in the Scripture (1) as living here on earth in his present mortal body, (2) and as destined to live forever in the presence of the Lord in his heavenly and eternal body. It is also revealed that the change-over from a mortal to a heavenly body will be effected in two ways. On the one hand, some of the saved will die physically and their souls and spirits will ...

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