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Bible Study Lesson 40

The Resurrection Of The Dead and The Eternal Punishment In The Lake Of Fire
 
 A.  The Resurrection Of The Dead
 B.  What Will Happen To Those "In Christ Jesus"
 C.  The Difference Between The Two Resurrections
 D.  The First Resurrection & Salvation From God's Wrath

 E.  Thousand Year Reign and the Imprisonment of Satan
 F.  The Second Resurrection And Release Of Satan
 G.  Satan And Followers Thrown Into The Lake Of Fire
 H.  The Meaning Of Christ Resurrection 
 I.   God's Dual Reason In Resurrecting The Dead
 

       

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 40I.   God's Dual Reason In Resurrecting The Dead

 


Having learned about the First and Second Resurrection, we will also come the understand the dual reason why God will resurrect the dead.

40I.1   How can we sure that the Resurrection of the Dead will surely happen?

In Matthew 22:31-32, the Lord Jesus explained:

"But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying . `I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.'' (Matthew 22:31-32, NKJV)

Surely, the dead will be resurrected to life, for God is not God of the dead, but God of the living. 

40I.2   Why did our Lord Jesus Christ said that "God is not God of the dead, but of the living"?

In Isaiah 38: 18-19, the reason is given, thus:

For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.   The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness. (NIV)

The dead cannot worship and serve God, only the living can worship and serve Him. Therefore, the dead will be resurrected to life, so they can serve and worship the living God.

Why should God and Christ resurrect the dead?
Because, this will be the fulfillment of God's purpose in creating man and that is to love, worship, and serve God in truth with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his mind.

40I.3   If the "dead in Christ" will be resurrected (I Thess. 4:16-first resurrection) to serve the Living God, why should the ungodly men also be resurrected (Rev. 20:5-second resurrection)?

In Deuteronomy 24:16, God's law on sinners is very clear:

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. (Dt:24:16, KJV)

The ungodly will be resurrected so that God's law on sinners will be fulfilled, that "every man shall be put to death for his own sin".  The ungodly will be resurrected in order to suffer the "Second Death" which is the as wages or full payment for their sins.
The following verses will clearly explain:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NKJV)

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Revelations 20:14, KJV) 

And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10, NRS)

40I.4   What then, is God's dual purpose in resurrecting the dead?

In Romans 6:22-23, the answer is given as Apostle Paul explains the ultimate goal of our faith:

but now that you have been set free from sin, you are slaves to God. You get something good for being holy--the goal is eternal life! The pay for sinning is death, but God's gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (IEB)

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

But, now you are set free from sin and bound to the service of God, your gain will be sanctification and the end will be eternal life.  For the wage paid by sin is death; the gift freely given by God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NJB)

First Reason:  To give eternal life to those who had been set free from sin. To those who have been sanctified or made holy by the blood of Christ. They are those who believed and followed the Gospel of Christ.

Second Reason:  To subject the sinner to the Second Death, the eternal punishment in the lake of fire where the sinner will tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10) They are those who were deceived by the Devil and the false prophets. (Revelations 20:10) They are those who did not come to believe in the Gospel of Christ. (Romans 1:16)

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