Resurrection Of The Dead

In Matthew 22: 29 – 32 the context, people were asking Jesus about marriage and what happens to people that had more than one wife while living on earth. My focus is not on the marriage question but on what Jesus said to answer their question.

Jesus tells them they don’t know the scriptures and they do not know the power of God. And because they do not know these two things they are making a mistake. Matthew 22:29 KJV  “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

In Mark 12:27 Mark records Jesus said you greatly err. Meaning, you are making a big mistake. Mark 12:27 KJV
“He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.”

And Luke explains this even more in Luke 20:36-38 KJV  “Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
[37] Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
[38] For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”

Then John’s gospel expands this resurrection information even more. John tells us “all that are in the grave shall hear his voice” John 5:28 KJV
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,”

But John explains the resurrection of those in the graves. John says there are two different destinations of those who come up from the grave. Destination one ~ unto life. Destination two ~ unto damnation. Jesus explains this in John 5:19-47.

Clearly, after we die in this mortal body, there is a life beyond the grave.

Jesus said at the resurrection, those of the resurrection are “as” the angels – not like the angels. As is defined – refers to characteristics – similar. Like is defined equal in quantity,  quality, or degree resembling. In the same manner.

Example: As a father is, so is his son. Not that your son is equal to you but your son has similar characteristics as you have.

But a honeydew melon is like a cantelope melon or a Chevy is like a Ford. Both the melons and the vehicles have equal quality or resemble each other. Both are fruits or vehicles. What sets them apart?  Their individual   characteristics.

But when it comes to Jesus and the Holy Ghost in reference to God the Father?  1 John 5:7 KJV  :For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
We know from John 1 that Jesus is called the Word. God says these three are one, not similar but infatically are one.

So when Jesus said the resurrected will be “as” the angels, he was saying they will have similar characteristics. This is not a study on angels but I do want to point out two things about angels.

Matthew 18:10 KJV  “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

The context was children. But notice in heaven their angels.  Whose angels? The context, children. This clearly shows God assigned angels to us.

Point 2 – Psalm 103:20 KJV ” Bless the Lord , ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

Angels ~
Excel in strength
Do God’s commandments
Harken unto God’s word

So in the resurrection, the resurrected will have similar characteristics as the angels. We will pick it up from here next time.

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